Blueberry & Banana Bread with Yogurt is an ultra moist and fluffy banana bread with a succulent crust nobody can resist.
Banana bread is a quite popular dish in North America, although in Europe, not so much. It reminds me of home each time I make some. It’s the ultimate recipe for when you have a bunch of overripe bananas, that you wouldn’t dare to eat. For this Blueberry & Banana Bread with Yogurt recipe, the older and darker the banana looks the better! Yes, even turned to dark brown, that’s where the magic of good banana bread lies.
The Yogurt Factor
Since I’ve discovered how to make naan bread, this Indian soft flatbread. I put yogurt in many of my doughs. I think yogurt helps to activate the yeast of any bread and makes an ultra tasty and moist. So why not try it out with an already “moist” banana bread to make it ultra moist and fluffy? This way you’ll get all the flavours and moisture you need without all the fat from the butter or oil. A healthier banana bread!
The Maillard reaction or the brown layer created when you sear meat for example gives it an extra kick in flavour! Well, bread also has a “Maillard reaction” for its crust, to make it ultra tasty. A great way to achieve a top-notch crust at home for any type of bread is to add cold water to a rack at the same time you add the bread in the oven. This way the water will steam in the first few minutes and help this succulent crust to develop by helping the dough first expend fully before getting this brown and crisp crust.
As for the final touch, just insert a toothpick to see if the bread is cooked through. Every baker will say that salt is as important to a sweet dish as the actual sugar. It might seem like an insignificant step but believe me, it’s a BIG one!
Other Easy Desserts
So let’s give those sad-looking bananas a second life!
Blueberry & Banana Bread with Yogurt
- 1 Bread Mould of 16cm x 9cm (6″ x 3.5″)
- 3 bananas (ultra-ripe)
- 200 g flour
- 150 g brown sugar (or white sugar)
- 100 g natural yogurt
- 90 g rolled oat (or quick oat)
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp blueberries (fresh, frozen or dried)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- In a big bowl, add all the dry ingredients except the salt.
- With the help of a fork, mash the bananas.
- Mix the wet ingredients, salt and the mashed banana in a big bowl.
- Add the wet mixture in a well in the center of the dry mix and whisk until homogenous.
- Add the mixture to a greased rectangle mould and over a metal tray with a bottom of cold water. (the cooler the better)
- Cook in the oven at 180°C (350F) for about 45-50 minutes (check with a toothpick).
- When done, let the bread rest for 10 minutes in its mold, take out, and rest another 5 minutes before jumping in.
Thanks! Simple also;)
this recipe looks awesome, and love that you use banana and blueberries in here. Tasty snack.
Oh we absolutely love banana bread, and we are always on the look out for new versions. I love the twist with the yogurt in this version, I bet it lightens up the bread a lot!
Keep the whole thing super moist;)
I just bought old bananas for this purpose. And while I can bake many things, I always have trouble with banana bread. Never seems to cook right. I am trying it again with this recipe. Thank you.
Let me know how it goes!
Oh man! I love banana bread and it’s crazy blueberry season here. This is a great grab and go breakfast for us too. Yummmmmy!
Yum! Just imagining the aroma wafting out of the oven makes my tastebuds dance! 😀 This one’s going into our next picknick basket~!
let’s make those tastebuds dance!!;)
Is naan traditionally made with yogurt? I had no idea!
Yes! That s why it s soo moist and fluffy!
I’ve never tried banana and blueberry bread before but can imagine it tastes delicious!
You know, I just happen to have ALL the ingredients in my fridge to make this. Perfect for breakfast, as a brunch item, or just with a cup of coffee or tea. Love the flavour combo…looks delicious.
Thanks, don t be all ❤️ banana bread!?! 🍌
You know. . .I never really thought about it until you mentioned it. . . but since banana bread is part of nearly every American household, I assumed that people across the globe ate it. I guess I really should have known better given I have traveled a lot in my day (they had banana bread in Kenya. . .but I’m sure now it was because they were catering towards the American expats). Anywhoo. . .this is one moist looking loaf. I love that you used yogurt. . .and blueberries are always a tasty addition.
Thanks! Kenya!? Really?? That s a far away place for a banana bread;) I ve just checked wikipedia for a clear answer and yes banana bread originated in the 30 s in the 🇺🇸 .
I will keep in mind your cold water trick next time i will be making bread, for sure! Developing nice crust is not easy until you know a secret 🙂
The colder the better! Makes a fantastic crust! Enjoy!
Oh my stars what a pretty crust! My banana bread is soft and cakey but this one looks absolutely divine. I bet it would make a good biscotti!
Oh my, yes! Banana bread is one of my favorites, and the addition of blueberries has simply got to make that bread sing! In regards to the cold water, I have a few breads that call for tossing ice cubes into the floor of the oven when you put the bread in. Same effect 🙂
Yes! The colder the better
That’s the moistest banana bread I’ve ever seen! It looks really good! I haven’t tried using yogurt in banana bread but I’ll try it next time!
Extra moist and fluffy!
Awesome looking bread! I love the add of blueberries and yogurt to an already amazing bread!