It's not a rare sight in our house to see a couple of very ripe bananas hanging from our banana "tree". In our home, the banana is the test food for whether or not my kids are actually hungry or just bored. When we hear "mooooooom, I'm hungry"...we offer a banana, a true hungry child will take one, the bored kid will pass. :) Last week I found a simultaneous group of bananas and blueberries reaching their very limits of eatability and decided to whip up some bread before they went bad. I've gone through lots of banana bread recipes and often find them to be way too moist and not awesome. This one on the other hand, I'll be using again, hence it's appearance today! I added nuts for a little extra something but you can leave them out if you prefer. You can also skip the berries as well!
Easy Blueberry Banana Bread!
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- about 3 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup of buttermilk (you can make buttermilk by adding 1tbls of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Estimate that to make 1/4c of buttermilk. I use this trick all the time since I rarely have need for much buttermilk)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- a heaping cup of blueberries
- 3/4-1cup of nuts (optional. I used pecans)
- Grease and flour your pan of choice. Heat oven to 350. I used a small loaf pan that had eight small loaves and one regular loaf pan. I like to use the spray that has the oil and flour in it together.
- In your mixer (or large bowl) , beat butter and sugar together. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla until the batter is well mixed. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Mix until well combined. Add nuts with mixer. Then fold in blueberries gently.
- Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for approx 20-30 minutes depending on the type of pan you used (a loaf pan can take up to 40-50 minutes or more). A good way to gauge "doneness" is to note when the sides of the loaf start to pull away from the sides of the pan, this works for brownies too! If it's pulling away, no need to check the center!
Adapted from a recipe at "Mel's Kitchen Cafe".