Fruit and bread, such a perfect combo! This quick bread recipe can be made with cherries, apples, bananas, you name it! Blueberry Bread is made with 100% whole grains, is low in fat, and you can use maple syrup or honey instead of sugar. For extra spiciness, add lemon zest or sprinkle with some cinnamon on top.
FOR THE BREAD:
- 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour — or regular whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon — optional
- 1 cup (6 ounces) blueberries — fresh or frozen (if using frozen, do not thaw)
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon plain nonfat Greek yogurt — at room temperature
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter — melted and cooled, or swap melted and cooled coconut oil or canola oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 small lemon — optional
- 2 large eggs — at room temperature
FOR THE CINNAMON TOPPING (OPTIONAL):
- 2 tablespoons raw turbinado sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 8×4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Place the blueberries in a separate bowl and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the dry ingredients (this will help keep the blueberries from sinking to the bottom).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, honey, melted butter, vanilla, and lemon zest until smoothly combined. Whisk in the eggs. If the butter resolidifies, gently warm the bowl in the microwave, just until it melts again.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and with a wooden spoon or spatula, very gently stir the batter, stopping as soon as the flour disappears. Fold in the blueberries.
- For the topping, if using: In a small bowl, stir together the raw sugar and cinnamon.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar topping, if using. Bake for 30 minutes, then loosely tent the pan with foil to keep the bread from browning too quickly. Continue baking for 15 to 20 additional minutes (45 to 50 minutes total), or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean without any wet batter clinging to it. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely. Transfer to a cutting board, slice, and enjoy!
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