Sunday, November 9, 2014

Banana Blueberry Bread

To let the truth me told...I miss food blogging like I used to.  I miss getting excited to try new recipes EVERY SINGLE DAY.  No lie, for a period of about 3 years, we did not eat the same dinner twice (well, it was a rare occasion anyway).  On Sundays when the ads and coupons came, I would make my game plan for the week (many times I would meal plan for 2 weeks at a time), and Monday I'd hit the store with my list and coupons in hand.  I only went to the store every 2 weeks back then.  I spent a heck of a lot less money doing it this way.  

When my husband got out of professional school and we moved across the country, and our income was a bit more, I just got out of the habit...because lets face it, couponing takes time...lots of time.  By the time you match the coupons to the sales at different stores, meal plan around the ads, make your way to all those stores, it takes a lot of time.  I want to find a happy medium to where I can save a bit of money, still try new things all the time, AND not go to the store every other day for things I have forgotten.  I'll post back on how that goes.  

We've been eating a lot of bananas at our house lately.  By the time each of my 3 boys and I each eat one every day, we are going through bunches and bunches every week.  I was surprised I even had a banana with a brown spot on it.  I have been craving banana bread for a while now, and I saw this recipe using blueberries (which I have a plethora of in my freezer), so I decided to go for it.  This bread is perfectly moist, and the blueberries are a nice change from the regular old banana bread.  A winner for sure :)

Banana Blueberry Bread

4 ripe bananas ~ 1 1/2c mashed
1 c fresh blueberries
1 1/4 c flour (I use 1/2 c wheat, 3/4 c AP)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbls butter, softened
3/4 c light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325. Peel and mash the bananas.  Stir in the butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well combined.

Combine the dry ingredients. Pour half of the flour and baking soda mixture into the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.  Add the blueberries to the remaining dry ingredients and coat the blueberries with the flour mixture.  Stir in the blueberries and remaining dry ingredients just until combined.

Grease and flour a bread pan and the pour the mixture in.  Let the bread bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.  Slice, serve, and enjoy! I love seeing the bright blueberries and banana chunks in each slice of bread - YUM!

Recipe Source:  Mom On Timeout

Want more bread recipes?  Try one of these:

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Walnut Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Copycat Kneaders Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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