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Blueberry Banana Bread is an easy banana bread recipe full of fresh blueberries and topped with a crunch cinnamon sugar topping. Cinnamon sugar is always a good thing, don’t you think? It’s one of the best blueberry breads EVER!

sliced banana bread with blueberries baked in on a cutting board.


Banana Blueberry Bread Recipe

This Blueberry Banana Bread recipe is the softest and moistest bread and is also incredibly easy to make! It’s full of fresh berries (or frozen) and tons of banana flavor. I created this from my favorite banana bread recipe – my moms – and it’s EPIC.

I also put cinnamon sugar on the crust of this recipe, which is the best topping for any bread recipe. The blueberry and cinnamon sugar will always be a favorite pairing of mine that you need to try! If you have any overripe ugly brown bananas that need to be used…this is your recipe!

ingredients in blueberry banana bread laid out on a marble counter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Bananas: Be sure to use ripe bananas – the more spotted the better! Bananas get sweeter as they get spotted and brown – so they’re perfect for baking.
  • Blueberries: I prefer fresh berries in this recipe, but you can also use thawed frozen blueberries.
  • Vinegar: Mixes with the milk to create sour milk, which helps the bread rise – the acid activates the baking soda.
  • Milk: You can use any kind of milk or nondairy milk.

Click to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

How to make The Best Banana Bread

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare your pan.
  • Whisk together the all purpose flour with salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside flour mixture. Mix milk and vinegar; set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, then mix in mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla, then add in dry ingredients and milk mixture.
  • Fold in 2 cups blueberries. Pour into pans, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean – the loaf will be golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to read the FULL recipe and tips before starting!
  • If you are using frozen blueberries, be sure to thaw them first and drain them well.
  • I like to sugar my pan – this is like greasing and flouring (where you add 1-2 tablespoons of flour to a crisco or butter greased pan) but instead of flour you use granulated sugar. This is optional but adds amazing flavor.
  • You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer to make this recipe.
  • This will also make 3 mini loaves – you can use 3 mini loaf pans in place of one large pan.
  • Store banana bread wrapped in plastic wrap on the counter for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

FAQs

Can you freeze this bread?

Yes! You can freeze this bread recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Why is my banana bread not done in the middle?

Quick breads take a long time to bake, and that center crack in the middle is the last to finish. If your bread isn’t done all the way, the center might stay gooey, or the bread will fall as it’s cooling. If you notice the bread getting too brown, tent it with foil or reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bread is done when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the crack/very center of the bread.

sliced banana bread with blueberries baked in on a cutting board.

Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

4.25 from 95 votes
A twist on my Mom’s Banana Bread this quick bread is easy and full of blueberries then topped with a cinnamon sugar topping!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 slice

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Bread:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (105ml) milk (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (150g)granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 medium bananas (brown spotted, overripe)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (be sure to thaw and drain frozen berries)

Topping:

  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x5x3” loaf pan with butter and coat it with sugar. (You do this like you would grease and flour a pan. Grease it first, then add about 2 tablespoons sugar to the pan and move the pan side to side until the bottom and sides are coated with sugar. Do NOT substitute cooking spray for the butter. You can skip the sugaring and just use cooking spray, if you wish.)
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium or large bowl. Set aside.
  • Place milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract in a measuring cup and set aside.
  • Cream butter and ¾ cup sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Mash bananas with a fork and add to the butter mixture along with the eggs. Mix until chunky.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the banana mixture along with the milk mixture. Mix until just combined (batter will be slightly lumpy). Fold in blueberries.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the bread. The edges will be a dark brown and there will be a nice crack down the center.
  • Cool completely before removing loaf from pan, but you can cut slices from the pan after it’s cooled for about 15-20 minutes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • My original recipe (and the video) shows blending the bananas, eggs, baking soda, milk, and vinegar using a blender. You can definitely do this, but I’ve started making my banana breads by just mashing the banana by hand and mixing everything in because it means less dishes. 
  • The top of the bread will get deep golden, but if you notice the bread browning too fast, you can tent the pan with foil or reduce oven temperature to 350°F. This happens in various ovens, depending on how the oven cooks.
  • You can use fresh or frozen berries, but make sure frozen berries are thawed and drained.
  • Basically this recipe calls for “sour milk” which I’ve separated as vinegar and milk. It’s essentially buttermilk – the acid in the vinegar activates the baking soda for a moist bread. You can use 7 tablespoons of buttermilk if you have it and omit the milk and vinegar. Don’t have vinegar? Use lemon juice instead. You can also use ANY kind of milk – dairy or nondairy)
  • Pan sizes: a 9×5 pan is the best to use, although an 8×4 will work, but you’ll want to watch it to make sure it doesn’t get too brown on top before it’s done in the middle. You can also make this in 3 mini loaf pans or as 12 muffins.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1144mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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  1. Oh wow, how do I describe how absolutely DELICIOUS this banana bread recipe is??! The sweet, cinnamon sugar crust on top is this nice, crunchy contrast to the soft and slightly tart blueberry banana bread beneath it. Taking a bite is a celebration of scrumptiousness in your mouth. I will NEVER make another banana bread again…this is the prefect combination of flavors! Thank you (and your mom) for sharing!

  2. I made this last night and it turned out great! It was very moist and the sugar coat on the pan is genious. My bread slid right  out of the pan after cooled.Thank you!