Blueberry Banana Muffins (Blueberry Banana Bread)


DSC_0381Banana Bread is a favorite in my house. I must make it at least once a month. Actually whenever I have over ripe bananas.  Most of the time I substitute some part of the flour with whole wheat flour. And then lots of walnuts and dried fruits also go in. Hence I like to make it often since it’s a perfect snack/treat for the kids anytime of the day!

I have posted the recipe before for Banana Nut bread.  That is a recipe I have been making for the last 10 years! This time as I was making it I realized that I had run out of walnuts. I scratched my brain for what I could use instead of walnuts and for some reason, blueberries popped into my head! Maybe because it is blueberry season! So blueberries it was going to be! I also decided to make them in the muffin pan so that we could have cute looking Blueberry banana muffins 🙂

DSC_0385Blueberries are not only delicious but are also a superfood since they are packed by nutrients – they are low in calories and have high antioxidant properties as well as are rich in Vitamin C ,Vitamin K and manganese. They can prevent DNA damage and have anti-aging as well as anti-diabetic effects.

So enjoy these yummy and healthy treats guilt-free! Make sure you have a lot of fresh blueberries along with the muffins though since raw berries will have the maximum benefits.

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Blueberry Banana Muffins/Bread

  • Servings: About 12-14 muffins
  • Time: About 60 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour 1 1/2  cup (I usually replace 1/2 cup of flour with whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter(cake butter), softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe medium size bananas (ripe and soft bananas work best)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp lime/lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F(180 deg C).  Grease a muffin pan with butter and then place muffin liners in them. Alternately, you can also use a loaf pan greasing it with butter and dusting with flour.

Take a bowl or a plate and mix the flours, baking powder and baking soda well. Keep aside.

Mix the butter and sugar well using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Slowly add one egg at a time and again keep mixing.  Then add the bananas and again mix till the bananas are nicely mashed and blended with the butter mixture. Then add the milk and the lime juice. Now slowly add the flour mix 1/2 a cup at a time and keep mixing.  Add the vanilla extract and mix again.

Lastly, in a small bowl, mix the blueberries with the 1 tbsp flour and then add them to the batter and mix by hand slowly. Now pour the mixture into the prepared muffin pan and bake in the oven at 350 deg F for about 30-40 minutes. Keep checking after about 25 minutes (since oven times vary depending on the type of pan used etc.) When a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, then you know its done. at this point, even the sides and top of the cake should look nice dark brown.

After taking the muffins out of the oven, let cool for about 5 minutes before getting them out.  Serve with fresh blueberries!

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Banana and blueberry bread

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