you’re one of the first to know that i like bananas.
for years i thought i didn’t like them. it was a texture thing, or so i thought. (those stringy pieces really turned me off.)
a few weeks ago, we bought a bunch of bananas from Costco, and i decided to try one. i was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t gross! so now i like bananas — but in small doses. i’m not a monkey.
we had a few bananas — and a pint of blueberries — that were on their way out, so i scoured Pinterest for a recipe that would incorporate both. i found this recipe, and since it snowed today, i figured it was the perfect day to bake.
i normally make plain banana bread, but i liked that this version incorporated the random blueberries i had on hand too. (the only real difference to my great-grandmother’s banana bread was the addition of blueberries, but i followed the recipe i found online just in case.)
you could tailor this recipe to your liking — a few of my favorite banana bread mix-ins are walnuts or chocolate chips.
i also jump at any chance to use my KitchenAid stand mixer — my grandma gave it to us as a wedding gift, and i have it displayed on my counter. i have very few occasions to use it because i don’t bake a ton, but when i do, i get super excited and feel very professional.
this recipe would be super easy to double and make an extra loaf for a friend or to throw in your freezer.
the recipe i used said to bake for 45-50 minutes, but i ended up having to bake mine for 1 hour and 20 minutes. i’ve never had to adjust a baking time by that much on my gas oven, so i have a feeling that something is off with that timeframe.
PRO TIP: coat your blueberries in flour before adding them to the batter. this prevents the blueberries from sinking to the bottom.
blueberry banana bread
- 1/2 c. butter (one stick), room temperature
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 pint blueberries
1) preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. add in vanilla extract and beat until well incorporated. mash bananas and add to mixture, beating until combined.
3) in a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. stir until combined. slowly add flour mixture to banana mixture until just combined — do not overmix.
4) toss blueberries in a light coating of flour and stir gently into batter.
5) pour batter into a greased loaf or parchment paper-lined loaf pan. bake for 1 hour; bread is done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
6) allow to cool completely before eating.
until next time,