Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread

/// August 20th, 2014

This healthy blueberry banana bread is so moist, tender, and tasty – you’d never guess it’s lightened up! Perfect for guilt-free snacking. No fancy ingredients or complicated steps… just good old fashioned blueberry packed banana bread yumminess. Yes!

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

Although saying goodbye to vacation is never easy, one of the things I do look forward to on our ride home is the fact that we pass TONS of farm stands selling the freshest of the fresh Summer fruits and veg. It’s our on-the-road again silver lining. We stop every year on our way home to pack the car FULL of tomatoes, berries, peaches, and peppers… and this year I went a little bit CRAZY on the berries. Blueberries! To be exact. They were so plump, juicy, and only 99 cents a bin! I wanted them ALL.

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

And all of them I bought. Well, almost. We came home with berries for days, and I immediately went into the “omg what should we do with all of these” mindset. After finding a batch of bananas we had forgot about sitting on top of the fridge, I just knew. Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread. It was fate.

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

This healthy blueberry banana bread is lightened up by using whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and applesauce! And don’t worry – you can’t taste the coconut or apple sauce 😉 It just adds moisture to the bread, and helps keep things nice and tender. I have also made this recipe with olive oil and found it equally as enjoyable! So feel free to give that a try if you don’t have coconut oil on hand.

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

One last thing! Please be sure to use VERY ripe bananas when making this. This recipe only has a 1/2 cup of sugar, so the sweet, mushy bananas are key to making everything jive 😉

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

If you try this recipe for Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations makes my day ♥

HOLY YUM! This Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread is moist, flavorful, and so delicious. Can't believe it's made with good-for-you ingredients.

Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (you may use all purpose, or a mix of the two, but it will loose some of it's *health value)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar OR light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup coconut OR olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 VERY ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (will yield about 1 and 1/4 cups of mashed banana)
  • 1 heaping cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Butter and flour a loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, apple sauce, eggs and vanilla until just blended. Stir in the mashed bananas and blueberries. Add the dry ingredients and stir *just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, place in the oven, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean - about 1 hour. Cool for 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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64 thoughts on “Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread

  1. Julia

    99 cent a bin???? Gimme every last blueberry! I want this bread to be my ee’ery thang. I want to snatch your loaf and never look back 😉 Okay, that’s not true…I’ll leave a couple of pieces behind.

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  2. Paola

    Just AMAZING! I made a few changes… I never cook or bake with wheat, so I used organic glutein free brown rice flour; Instead of brown sugar, I used liquid stevia extract, less calories; also I replaced the apple sauce for plain greek yogurt to add protein to the bread and finally I added walnuts and unsweetened coconut flakes… Can’t explain the success I had at home 😉

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  3. Paola

    ohhh I forgot to mention that I also added 2 tbsp of chia seeds… lots of antioxidants, calcium and fiber… LOVED IT!

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  4. Cindy

    I added 2 scoops of jay rob chocolate protein, substituted truvia for brown sugar, used avocado oil instead of coconut because it’s 1/3 less calories and used egg whites instead of whole eggs. Added an extra banana and cup of blueberries. Ended up being 220 calories per slice with only 5g of fat and an awesome 11 grams of protein!

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  5. Missy

    I made this tonight and it was awesome! I had to sub Greek yogurt for the applesauce (because I didn’t have any) but it was still sweet. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  6. Jeanette Phillips

    Can you use coconut flour instead of the wheat flour? Also coconut sugar instead of brown sugar?

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  7. Kris

    I didn’t have brown sugar so I used a 1/2 cup combo of coconut sugar, honey and some chopped dates as substitute. It was nothing short of amazing!!. I also used the coconut oil as choice of fat. Great recipe, thanks!

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  8. Katrina

    I am 15 years old and love to bake! I tried making this banana blueberry bread and it turned out AMAZING. It also made my kitchen smell like heaven. In addition it was very easy to make! I highly recommend.

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  9. Michelle

    This looks like a yummy, healthy breakfast :) I love the banana and blueberry combination! I am thinking of making this, but would like to know if you think frozen blueberries would work? Fresh blueberries right now are costing a fortune…

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Michelle. This banana bread definitely makes a healthy and delicious breakfast! Frozen blueberries will definitely work, just be sure to mix them in while they’re frozen – not defrosted! Please let me know if you make it and how it turns out :)

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  10. Jill

    This bread was really good. My 5 year old is in love with it. I did add pecans to it because I like the texture of them in my bread. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  11. Violeta

    I just made this and it is super easy (I’m the worst baker of all time) and to die for!! My hubby was impressed :) although it is healthy it is very difficult not to eat the whole thing in one seating..that’s how wonderful it is! I added a few drops of almond extract and and extra 1/3 cup of blueberries. Yum yum yum! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  12. Alicia

    Have you ever tried this substituting the egg for a flax seed egg? For those of us trying to do plant based. Also could you substitute the coconut oil with avocados? (I might be crazy?!)

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Alicia. I’ve never tried either of those adaptions so I cannot say if they would work or not. If you decide to try them, I would love to hear how they turn out :)

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  13. Micah Reilly

    I made these into 12 muffins. Cut the cooking time to about 20 minutes and they were fabulous and easy to store and freeze! I also used 1/4 c Splenda brown sugar blend instead of regular brown sugar for a few less calories. I’ve made these once with oat flour as well, little bit grainier texture but healthier and still
    Felt like a sinful treat. Great recipe!

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  14. Tracy

    This bread is delicious!! My picky grandfather could not get enough of these muffins and did not even know they were healthier for him. Added a few extra fresh blueberries. Will be making this again tomorrow for a weekend camping!! Thank you for this great recipe!!

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  15. Veronica

    I made this bread tonight and it was amazing!! The only modification I made was to use coconut sugar because it is what I had and I added one TBS of honey for additional sweetness since coconut sugar is more mild. My loaf came out far darker looking than yours but that is purely cosmetic, just wondering why, though. My bread was absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Veronica! I’m so happy you enjoyed the bread. I find coconut sugar always yields a darker loaf, so I’d guess that was why yours was a little darker.

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  16. Theresa

    Followed the recipe exactly except I substituted Splenda brown sugar. It turned out great! I will definitely be making this again!

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  17. Emily

    I made this today with with the help of my two-year-old has a fun cold weather activity, and I must say that this is not only the best banana bread recipe I’ve made, it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever baked(and I bake a lot!) ! I actually had to hide it from myself because I couldn’t stop eating it! I’ll be sharing this recipe with EVERYONE

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      That’s awesome, Emily!!! I’m so happy you and your family are enjoying this banana bread recipe :) And I know all too well about having to hide this from yourself! It’s addicting!

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  18. Claudia

    Hello Emily!!!!!!This Banana Bread is AMAZING!!! It’s addicting!Thank You so muche for sharing this recipe.
    Huggs and Kisses from france Claudia

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  19. Francesca

    This looks delicious :) Do you have a UK version of this recipe? We don’t do cups! Also what else can you use instead of applesauce? Thanks so much

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Francesca. I don’t have UK measurements, but there are a ton of tools online that can help convert the recipe for you :) I’ve never tried making this with something other than applesauce, but you could try using an equal amount of mashed bananas.

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  20. Kristir

    Looks delicious! Bought all the ingredient today. Do you leave out at room temp or refrigerate after serving? Thank you!

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  21. Stacy Dohle

    Hi Franseska!

    Co you know the calories off hand? My sister would love this bread and I want to make it for her :)

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