This blueberry banana bread is super soft, tender, and moist. It is loaded with juicy blueberries and topped with a tangy lemon glaze. Grab a bite with your morning coffee or serve it for dessert. It is fast to make and disappears even faster.
This fast and easy sweet bread will make use of your over-ripe bananas and work double duty as a breakfast or a dessert. It is a no-yeast quick bread that you can whip together in 10 minutes. The hardest part about making this is waiting for it to finish baking.
How do you make the best blueberry banana bread?
Make sure you scroll down to our printable recipe card for complete instructions but if you want to know some tips for perfect blueberry banana bread, read this section.
- Use slightly over-ripe bananas. Green and perfectly yellow bananas have too much starch and not enough sugar in them. They can make your sweet bread crumbly. On the other hand, black bananas have too much sugar and moisture in them and they will make your bread gummy and heavy. Use bananas that have plenty of dark speckles on them but haven’t turned solid black.
- A tip for mashing the bananas. You can use a fork to mash the bananas up but a potato masher or a pastry cutter will do the job even quicker and easier.
- Don’t over-mix the batter. If you stir the batter too much, it will develop gluten and turn what could have been tender sweet bread into a tough heavy blob. Fold the flour into the wet mixture with a large spoon or a spatula. Don’t mix it all the way though because you will still want to fold in the blueberries. Just fold the flour until there are still a few streaks then pour in the blueberries and finish folding the batter.
- Toss the blueberries in a bit of flour. This will help them stay suspended in the batter while the bread bakes.
- Use the right size loaf pan. This recipe fits in a 9×5 loaf pan. If you use a smaller pan the batter will spill over the pan when it bakes. If all you have is a smaller 8×4 pan then you can fill two smaller pans but reduce the baking time. The 8×4 loaf pans will only need to bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
- The color of your bread pan makes a difference. If you have a dark pan like this then you will want to turn the oven temperature down by 25°F. A light metal pan like this does the best job. It won’t over-cook the edges and leave the center undercooked.
- Are you using a glass pan? If you bake this bread in a glass pan you will want to reduce the oven temperature by 25°F.
Can you freeze this blueberry banana bread?
You can freeze this quick bread after it cools down completely. I like to slice individual portions and wrap them in plastic wrap then place them in a freezer-proof bag. That way if I just want one slice I don’t have to thaw the whole loaf first.
Since there is a sweet lemon glaze on top of the bread, the glaze gets a bit squished and messy when you wrap it in plastic wrap. If you’re ok with that then the glaze will freeze just fine but if you want it to look pretty then put the glaze on after the bread thaws. You can also slice the bread after it cools and lay the slices on a tray then place the tray in the freezer. Once the slices are frozen they can be wrapped in plastic wrap without the glaze getting messy.
Grilled blueberry banana bread.
Sometimes I eat sweet quick bread like this for breakfast. I usually pop a slice in the microwave for about 8 to 10 seconds to warm it up a bit then spread a bit of butter on it (don’t judge me). But what’s even better is to grill it on a hot skillet. OMG! Throw a little butter in the skillet then grill the bread till it gets golden brown on each side. I’ll admit, the lemon glaze will make a mess and even burn if you grill it too long. But it sure is good.
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 to 4 bananas)
- 1-1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan (or line it with parchment paper).
- In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together then set aside.
- In another bowl, beat the oil and sugar then add the eggs and beat until well blended. Next, add the vanilla, and mashed bananas and beat until well combined.
- Gently fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture
- Set aside 1/4 cup of blueberries for the top and toss the rest of the blueberries with a couple of tablespoons of flour then gently fold them into the batter.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool for 20 minutes then remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the lemon icing:
- Combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth then drizzle over the top of the bread.
- If you use frozen blueberries, keep them in the freezer until it is time to add them to the batter. If you let them thaw then all their juices will seep out of them and turn your bread purple.
- Tossing the blueberries in some flour will help them stay suspended in the batter so they don’t sink to the bottom of the pan.
Serving Size1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 343 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 10g Cholesterol 37mg Sodium 346mg Carbohydrates 55g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 30g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g