Our Rustic Blueberry Banana Bread is a quick and delicious bread that’s ideal for a morning pick me up. Blueberries and bananas are a classic flavor combination, and here we top it off with a lush vanilla glaze, that’s ultra-decadent! If you prefer a thin glaze you can easily create it by adding a touch more milk to reduce the glaze.
Did you know coating your blueberries with flour before folding into your batter will keep them from sinking to the bottom of your bread? Here are a few more tips to baking with Blueberries, both fresh and frozen.
Tips on working with Blueberries
It’s important to realize: that you should not over blend ingredients during the first stage of mixing, which can create too much air in your batter. Causing it to become thin and allowing the berries to sink.
- Another method to keep blueberries afloat: Spread half your batter into the pan, then add half of the blueberries, top with remaining batter and top off with the rest of your blueberries. We coat our berries with flour and then fold into our batter as mentioned above. However, both methods work great!
- Adding blueberries: Be sure to gently fold the blueberries into your batter, it minimizes the amount of air being mixed into your batter. And also minimizes color transfer of the berries to your batter.
- What if I can’t find fresh blueberries? If you are unable to source fresh blueberries, you can use frozen. Don’t defrost, coat with flour, fold into dough and bake. Defrosted berries will be softer and bleed color into your bread.
Can I freeze Rustic Blueberry Banana Bread?
- You can easily halve this recipe to make a single loaf, but it’s nice to have a back up on hand. If freezing do not ice until ready to serve.
- You can easily freeze a loaf up to 3 months, when your ready to serve the second loaf, pull from the freezer and allow to defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
- To reheat: Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C, wrap individual slices in foil and heat for 10-13 minutes, depending on size. To reheat in the microwave wrap in a napkin and heat between 15-30 seconds on high. But we like the slight crisp that the oven lends this blueberry banana bread, it’s a definite winner in our book.
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How to make Rustic Blueberry Banana Bread
Our Rustic Blueberry Banana Bread is a quick and delicious bread that's perfect for a morning pick me up. Blueberries and bananas are the perfect flavor combination, and here we top it off with a thick vanilla glaze, that's ultra-decadent!
- 4 cups (480 grams) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt, finely ground
- 1 cup (227 grams) butter, softened
- 2 cups (400 grams) sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 lemon, zest & juice
- 3 cups bananas (about 5-6 medium), mashed
- 3 cups (300 grams) blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 Tablespoon flour (for dusting blueberries)
- 1 cup (100 grams) confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
- 2-3 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C, butter and flour (2) 9×5 inch loaf pans. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar together until creamed, then add the eggs one at a time blending well after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract. Add the sifted flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar mixture, in two batches. Make sure that you don't overmix the batter.
Add the lemon zest and juice, mix in gently by hand. Then gently mix in the mashed bananas. Dust the blueberries with the Tablespoon of flour (so they don't sink to the bottom of the bread) and fold into the batter gently.
Immediately pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from the oven, place the loaf pans onto a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
Prepare the Lush Vanilla Glaze by whisking together the confectioners’ sugar with the milk and vanilla extract (or paste). Start by adding 2 Tablesppons of milk and if you want a thinner glaze then add more milk until the desired consistency is reached.
- Prep time is approximate.
- To store any quick bread, place in a plastic zip bag, seal and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Freezer storage: Wrap tightly in heavy-duty foil and place in a freezer bag, freeze up to 3 months.