mixed berry banana bread

August 11, 2013

in Breads & Quick Breads

This mixed berry banana bread is the answer to my overflowing freezer – I’ve been storing overripe bananas and bags of surplus berries, so I combined the two, hoping for a tasty result. If your freezer is in a similar state, why not make the most of those buried treasures and treat yourself to this loaf?

Mixed Berry Banana Bread | Tutti Dolci

Bursting with berries and a nice sugary crust, this is the banana bread I want to begin my week with. Ripe bananas plus vanilla yogurt keep the bread moist, and I love that it’s not oily or cloyingly sweet. I used a blend of frozen berries in the bread (though I recommend topping it with fresh). Best of all, leftover slices toast well and are scrumptious with butter or Mascarpone!

Mixed Berry Banana Bread | Tutti Dolci

Mixed Berry Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup plain fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 low-fat milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mixed berries (if using frozen berries, don’t defrost first)
1/2 Tbsp flour

1/4 cup raspberries
1/2 Tbsp Turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flours, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

Combine banana, yogurt, milk, oil, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Toss berries with flour and gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan; top with raspberries and turbinado sugar.

Bake, rotating pan halfway through, for 60 to 75 minutes (baking time will vary based on moisture content of bananas and berries). If bread is browning too quickly, cover with foil. Bread is done when golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached.

Remove from oven and cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and cool completely before slicing and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days; serve warm.

Yield – 14 servings
Calories – 165 (per slice)
Carbs – 28

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1 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 11, 2013

Love this! And I have all of the ingredients on hand! Plus, I’m such a sucker for any kind of banana bread.


2 Jamie@Milk N Cookies August 12, 2013

Yum! I’ve had chocolate chip banana bread, but never a berry banana bread. Will definitely have to try this — love that it was inspired by ingredients you already had on hand. And with mascarpone? Sign me up!


3 Rosa August 12, 2013

A beautiful bread! This combinatiuon is mouthwatering.




4 Jennie @themessybakerblog August 12, 2013

This is one beautiful loaf of bread. This would make the perfect breakfast.


5 Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 12, 2013

This sounds awesome! A great way to get rid of berries. :) Normally I like to eat my berries plain and really savor them but when they’re on sale and I go crazy buying the entire stock… I need stuff like this!


6 Ash-foodfashionparty August 12, 2013

The bread looks so good and moist. A great way to use berries, such a lovely combination.


7 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 12, 2013

Love this bread! Pinned!


8 Deb August 12, 2013

Love that you are using up leftover bananas! It seems to be an ongoing issue at my house. Paired with berries and without being too oily sounds like a perfect reason to use up those extra bananas!


9 Valerie August 12, 2013

Delicious! On my way with two coffees and the film ‘Chocolat.’ (Just because.) :D


10 Tutti Dolci August 12, 2013

Lol yes please, sounds perfect to me! :)


11 Cristina August 12, 2013

A beautiful bread, all those pretty raspberries peeking through the top! My freezer does runnith over with frozen berries and way too many bananas! This is a must make for weekend’s breakfast!!


12 Maria@PinkPatisserie August 12, 2013

Would love a slice of this right now with my afternoon tea! Can I come over? Delicious.


13 Claire @ Claire K Creations August 12, 2013

Ooh I’ll have to save this one for my mum. I gave her a little voucher book for homemade loaves for her Birthday and she’d love this one!


14 Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today August 12, 2013

This is a real summer bread


15 Kate@Diethood August 12, 2013

That is sooooo pretty!! I just made one with blueberries… your mixed berries idea is way! better!


16 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 12, 2013

I always have a hodge podge of fresh fruit that I freeze, TJs bags of frozen fruit, ripe bananas, etc…this is perfect. Pinned.

And love that your berries stayed at the surface. Even when I flour mine, they tend to sink!


17 Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts August 12, 2013

Beautiful loaf! Love the combination of berries and bananas – yum!!


18 Patty August 12, 2013

Can you tell me how you freeze those over ripe bananas to use in a recipe like this? I’ve read several ways but wondered how you do it since you used frozen bananas in this recipe. Thanks and I’m pinning this great looking bread!


19 Tutti Dolci August 12, 2013

Hi Patty, I freeze a few peeled bananas together in a quart or freezer bag, depending on how many I have at the moment! Then I defrost them, drain off excess liquid, and mash for the bread. Hope that helps! :)


20 Patty August 12, 2013

Thanks that helps! The other day I walked into our grocery store and they had marked down about 15 bunches of overripe bananas and I just drooled but had no time to bake so I wondered what was the way to take advantage of that deal. Next time I’ll be ready to buy & freeze!!!


21 Liz August 12, 2013

You have made an already yummy banana bread even better! Such a gorgeous loaf, Laura!


22 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 12, 2013

I always have a freezer full of bananas, what a great idea to combine them with berries!


23 Julie @ Table for Two August 12, 2013

This would make the best breakfast!!


24 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 12, 2013

I wish I had some bananas in the freezer too so I could make this–hello, breakfast! :)


25 The Café Sucre Farine August 12, 2013

Laura, you are so smart to use up your freezer surplus in such a delicious, creative way. This would be so perfect with a cup of tea. I’m ready to put the pot on. Will you bring the sweets? Please?


26 Laura August 12, 2013

My boys love banana bread! They would go crazy for this!


27 Corrie August 12, 2013

Ok, put the kettle on, I’m coming over! :-) I’m not a big fan of overly sweet either so this sounds lovely.


28 Karen @ Lemon Grove Cake Diaries August 13, 2013

Banana bread is a favourite of mine, the addition of berries sounds delicious!


29 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 13, 2013

Hehe I get overwhelmed by my freezer at times too and just want to clear things. What a delicious result! :D


30 claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 13, 2013

This bread is GORGEOUS!!!


31 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 13, 2013

Love all of the berries in this banana bread!


32 cassie August 13, 2013

I love the addition of mixed berries. I have three over-ripe bananas on the counter now and I think I know what I need to use them for!


33 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 13, 2013

Pretty mixed berry and banana bread, girl! I love that the bread isn’t oily and like that you used vanilla yogurt, too. Just perfect for all those frozen summer berries!


34 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} August 14, 2013

Love the addition of the pretty berries to the banana bread! I bet it did not last long in your house. Love, love a great banana bread!


35 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) August 15, 2013

I have tons of overripe bananas in the freezer and have been meaning to make banana bread (no time). I have never thought to add berries to the mix but it’s brilliant! The best of both worlds. :)


36 Patty August 15, 2013

Always can use a new twist in my banana bread recipe collection-the berries look so delightful!


37 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 15, 2013

I need to save this recipe especially we do have ripe banana often (don’t bake enough heh? :D).


38 Terra August 18, 2013

Love the idea of adding mixed berries to delicious banana bread. I still have blueberries left from my trip to Michigan too! Yum, Hugs, Terra



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