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Apr 04

Blueberry Quick Bread

Blueberry Quick Bread – this easy bread recipe is full of blueberries and has less added sugar! It’s the perfect breakfast; like a blueberry muffin, but in bread form!

Blueberry Quick Bread - this easy bread recipe is full of blueberries and has less added sugar! It's the perfect breakfast; like a blueberry muffin but bread!

You know what happens to me in late March/early April? Spring cleaning fever. Even though I hate cleaning, organizing, and decorating I all of a sudden get the urge to do it all. The mess in the garage bothers me, my office mess is irritating, and I decide to redecorate my house. This year has been no different: Mel has taken two loads of cardboard to the recycler, I’ve taken 2 full carloads to good will, the clutter in my office is overwhelming even though I clean it every week, and I decided to change the colors in my family room to teal and coral and royal blue (to match family photos we had taken at the beach).

It took me three tries before I found a set of curtains I liked. I ordered a teal media cabinet which I’m in love with. I accidentally ordered two coffee tables which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I didn’t measure and it’s smaller than I wanted, so we’re going to use both. Now I need a new rug, new throw pillows, and some coral colored accessories. Spring is not only about my urge to clean, but it must be about my urge to spend money as well. Also: two coffee tables, curtains, and a new media cabinet produces a very large amount of cardboard. My garage is a mess…again.

When the stress of spring cleaning gets to me, I like to get in the kitchen and bake. (Well, in my defense, I like to do that all the time, but especially when I’m stressed). My go-to baking recipe is usually a quick bread; I love how easy they are and we love eating them for breakfast. (And lunch…and snack…and dessert.)

This EASY Blueberry Quick Bread is full of berries and it has less added sugar…so it’s the perfect anytime food.

Blueberry Quick Bread - this easy bread recipe is full of blueberries and is sugar-free! It's the perfect breakfast; like a blueberry muffin but bread!

The other thing I think about spring is all the brunch that will soon be happening. From Easter to Mother’s Day, Sunday brunch is a spring tradition. Blueberry bread is a great addition to any table, especially when it’s made with less added sugar so everyone can enjoy it.

I started with my regular blueberry bread recipe (which I posted eons ago and am not even going to link because, OMG those photos) and I swapped out the sugar for SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. SPLENDA® Naturals is a better tasting stevia product and has no calories and no artificial ingredients. SPLENDA® Brand substitutes cup for cup with sugar and since I only had packets, I used their handy conversion chart to see that I needed 18 packets to make this bread recipe.

Substituting for sugar can often affect the brownness, texture, and rise of a baked good. For that reason I used buttermilk in this recipe, as well as a combination of baking powder and baking soda. This ensured a nice tender crumb and rise for the bread. It turned out just like the original recipe, but with less added sugar! I’m excited to be working with SPLENDA this year because my dad isn’t supposed to have any added sugar. I’ve been meaning to create some recipes for him and this will get me to do that!

Blueberry Quick Bread - an easy blueberry bread recipe made sugar free with Splenda Naturals

We all enjoyed this bread; it’s like a blueberry muffin in a loaf pan. It was great alone or with a nice pat of butter melted on the top. Jordan and I both ate it for breakfast and snack for a few days, although it tasted better fresh on the first day I made it.

Because we’re picky with our blueberries, I used the “wild” type blueberry that is mini. They come frozen, and I didn’t fully thaw them. You can use regular sized blueberries, fresh or frozen, just make sure to remove any chunky pieces of ice if they’ve been frozen awhile.

The bread bakes up nice and golden and moist and is the PERFECT spring brunch recipe!

Blueberry Quick Bread - this easy bread recipe is full of blueberries and has less added sugar! It's the perfect breakfast; like a blueberry muffin but bread!

Enjoy!

Blueberry Quick Bread

Yield: 8-10 servings

Blueberry Quick Bread – this easy bread recipe is full of blueberries and has less added sugar! It’s the perfect breakfast; like a blueberry muffin but bread!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 18 packets SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, but if using frozen make sure they aren’t too icy)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×4″ loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and SPLENDA in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Stir together oil, lemon juice, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients just until mixed. Fold in blueberries.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the loaf is browned and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing from pan and slicing.
  5. Best served within 24 hours of making.

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