Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread


Breads Gluten Free High Altitude No Seed Oils | Published September 10, 2021 by Mimi Council

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Moist, soft, and bursting with fresh blueberries. This simple Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread is the perfect bake when you have overly ripe bananas! Enjoy this for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert!

If you love banana bread as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorite banana bread recipes like my Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars, or my Eggless Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

blueberry buttermilk banana bread

My go to is banana bread anytime I have overly ripe bananas. But, this time I made Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread and added in fresh blueberries to a classic banana bread recipe. I love incorporating fresh blueberries into desserts, because not only are they delicious, but they also pack lots of health benefits! So, it's always great when you can have your cake and eat it too!

I love this Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread because it can literally be eaten for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack, or even an after dinner dessert. Serve it with a big glass of milk for dessert or a scoop of ice cream. But, it's equally as delicious with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a smoothie and some almond butter in the afternoon!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Burst of Freshness: Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread combines the sweet, comforting taste of banana bread with juicy, antioxidant-rich blueberries, adding a refreshing burst of flavor and nutritional benefits to every bite.

Moist and Tender: The natural moisture from ripe bananas and fresh blueberries creates a delightfully soft and tender crumb, making this bread irresistibly moist and perfect for any time of day.

Nutrient-Packed: This delicious bread is not only a treat but also a nutritious choice, packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants from both bananas and blueberries, supporting overall health and well-being. Dessert with a side of health benefits, yes please!

blueberry buttermilk banana bread

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Overly Ripe Bananas

Organic Valley Buttermilk

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Organic Blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

blueberry buttermilk banana bread

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

USA Pan 1-Pound Loaf Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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blueberry buttermilk banana bread

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper, letting it fold over the sides for easier removal.

Step 2

To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, light brown sugar, and bananas and mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.

Add the buttermilk and eggs and mix on low until combined. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt into the mixing bowl in that order. Mix on low until combined, and you have a smooth batter. Fold in the blueberries.

blueberry buttermilk banana bread
blueberry buttermilk banana bread
blueberry buttermilk banana bread
blueberry buttermilk banana bread
blueberry buttermilk banana bread
blueberry buttermilk banana bread

Step 3

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Once the loaf has cooled, remove it from the pan. (if you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

Baker's Tips

  • Make sure your butter is soft. This should be soft enough that if you poked it, it would leave an indent. I like to leave butter out on the counter overnight before baking with it, as it allows it to soften naturally at room temperature. If you need to microwave it, only do 10 seconds per half cup at once.
  • Use overly ripe bananas! If they are black, they are perfect for banana bread.
  • If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own with my Organic Buttermilk Recipe. You could also use milk or heavy whipping cream instead.
  • You can use fresh or frozen blueberries here. It's totally up to you! I like to reserve a few extra blueberries to add on top of the bread too so you see blueberries poking out of the top.
  • Lining your loaf pan with parchment paper really helps it come out easily. If you're not using parchment paper, be sure to grease it well.
blueberry buttermilk banana bread

FAQ's

Why do you use blackened overly ripe bananas for banana bread?

As the bananas ripen, the starches turn into sugar. This sugar is what gives bananas their flavor and also lends well to to baked goods, such as banana bread. Using overly ripe bananas will produce a sweeter and moister banana bread. If you've ever eaten a banana that wasn't ripe yet, I'm sure you've tasted the starchiness, and it's not good. That's why you don't want to bake with those bananas either! So, while bananas for eating are best in the middle – the ones for baking are best overly ripe. So, save those bananas and make something with them.

Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh?

You can use fresh or frozen blueberries instead of fresh in this Blueberry Banana Bread recipe. Either will work as I tested it with both.

Can I use dried blueberries instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use dried blueberries instead of fresh. But, it will create a different style banana bread as the fruit is dried. You won't have big bursts of blueberries like you see in my photos here. Instead, you'll have the small dried blueberries. It will be good, but it won't be as good! I would stick to fresh or frozen if you don't have fresh.

How should I store banana bread?

Banana bread is moist and fluffy, just like cake. So it needs to be stored in an airtight container to retain that moisture and keep its texture. I like to keep my banana bread in a cake dome. A tupperware or zip bag will also work!

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Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread

Mimi Council
Moist and sweet banana bread is loaded with fresh blueberries for a snack that can be enjoyed any time of day.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 334 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper, letting it fold over the sides for easier removal.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, light brown sugar, and bananas, and mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.
  • Add the buttermilk and eggs and mix on low until combined.
  • Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt into the mixing bowl in that order. Mix on low until combined, and you have a smooth batter. Fold in the blueberries.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Once the loaf has cooled, remove it from the pan.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

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Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 2gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 477IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg
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