Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries

If you love banana bread than you’ll really love this Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries. And you won’t notice the whole wheat flour and wheat bran!

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries by FamilySpice.com

I love, LOVE muffins and quick breads. I’ve often made banana nut bread for my family, but I love to find other great fruit combinations. Like blueberries. You get antioxidants and fiber added as a bonus! But like many muffin-quick bread recipes, it is a bit too sugary and of course, you’ve got all that white flour. How to make it more nutritious without turning it into a brick?

One of my favorite ways to bake my banana bread is with whole wheat flour and wheat bran. Because the bananas turn the bread a brown hue, the kids don’t notice anything different color-wise with their favorite treat. And because you are using over ripe bananas and sweet blueberries, you don’t need a lot of sugar.

Now we all have that straggler banana that hasn’t been eaten by anyone and we all know that over-ripe bananas make great banana bread. But, another trick I learned is to freeze the bananas until you are ready to bake with them. They turn black when in the freezer, but have no fear. When defrosted and peeled, the bananas flavor has really intensified. And they are super mushy.

I prefer using fresh blueberries with this recipe, because frozen ones tend to be smaller in size. The kids and I like having big chunks of blueberries in every bite of my banana bread.

Made as a loaf, muffins or in mini’s, these are a real kid pleaser. And Mom and Dad are pretty fond of them, too!

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries

This lightly sweetened banana bread studded with blueberries is a great way to start your day! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 TBS whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 cup over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 TBS butter, unsalted, melted & cooled
  • 1 egg, large

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small bowl mix:
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • 1 TBS whole wheat flour
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together:
    • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/4 cup wheat bran
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  4. Using a stand mixer, whisk:
    • 1 cup over-ripe bananas , mashed
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 6 TBS butter, unsalted , melted & cooled
    • 1 egg, large
  5. In batches, add dry ingredients into wet, making sure everything is evenly distributed. The batter will be stiff.
  6. Gently stir in blueberry mixture by hand.
  7. Apply non-stick spray to a 9"x 5" loaf pan, and pour batter inside.
  8. Bake bread in oven for 60-70 mins., or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  9. Let the bread rest in the pan for 10 mins., then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Great as muffins, too!

Cooking Tips: *Store over-ripe bananas in the freezer until you are ready to bake with them. Their skins will turn black, but the banana flavor is intensified. You can use them for smoothies, too.

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Yield: 10 servings

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