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Blueberry Muffin Banana Bread

Blueberry muffin banana bread is a cross between a blueberry muffin and the best banana bread you’ve ever had! This blueberry banana loaf can be made gluten and dairy free and is absolutely the best of both worlds between banana bread and a blueberry muffin!

I’m so excited to share this quick bread recipe that’s definitely not your average banana bread! Packed with fresh blueberries in every bite and a blueberry muffin top, this blueberry muffin banana bread will be your new favorite loaf that’s perfect to snack on in the summer.

As a recipe blogger and dietitian, I always try to push myself to elevate recipes both from a flavor perspective and from a nutritional standpoint. I want to share recipes that make healthy eating feel exciting, and that add more nutrition to your life in a fun way. To me, this blueberry banana bread checks both boxes and I can’t wait for you to make it!

I especially love this banana bread variation because it’s like the best of both words — a blueberry muffin and banana bread all packed into one delicious slice! The top gets a little hard like you’d expect on a bakery-style blueberry muffin, which is my favorite part.

This time of year I truly can’t get enough blueberries. They’re easy to eat in a bunch of different ways and nutritious to boot. A handful or a cup of blueberries is a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. To add even more nutrition to this recipe

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Tips for Baking With Blueberries

To ensure your blueberries won’t sink to the bottom of your baked goods, toss fresh or frozen blueberries with an additional 1 tablespoon of flour before folding into the batter. In this case, I tossed it with the oat flour used in this recipe.

Another tip anytime you’re baking a quick bread is to make sure you don’t spray up the sides of the pan with cooking spray, just the bottom. Spraying up the sides might add too much moisture that could cause the bread to cave in.

Ingredients for Blueberry Muffin Banana Bread

  • oat flour — not all oat flour is gluten free, so if you’re looking for this recipe to be gluten free check the label on your oat flour or make your own using old-fashioned oats.
  • blanched almond flour
  • super ripe bananas
  • fresh or frozen blueberries
  • eggs
  • light brown or coconut sugar
  • coconut oil
  • butter — this is used for the crumb topping on top of the loaf. Use vegan butter for a dairy free loaf.
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • baking powder

Equipment / Utensils

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Blueberry Muffin Banana Bread

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Blueberry muffin banana bread is the best of both worlds if you like blueberry muffins and banana bread. Extra moist and fluffy with a blueberry crumb topping, I know you'll love it!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 bananas medium-large
  • 2 eggs large
  • 3/4 cup light brown or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Blueberry Muffin Crumble Topping

  • 2 tbsp oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl mash the bananas. Add eggs, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet and gently stir together with a wooden spoon until partially mixed together.
  • In a small bowl, toss blueberries with 1 tbsp. oat flour to coat.
  • Fold the blueberries into the batter and gently stir. It's ok if a couple streaks of flour remain.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan so that's in smooth and relatively even.
  • Stir together the ingredients for the crumb topping and sprinkle it over the loaf before putting it into the oven.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. Let cool, slice and enjoy!

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Nourishing Breakfast Recipes

Lemon Banana Blender Pancakes

Lemon banana blender pancakes are fluffy, tart and delicious for breakfast on any occasion! Easy to make gluten and dairy-free, they’re made with simple ingredients that are sure to already be in your fridge and pantry.

Brighten up any morning with a batch of these bright and super fluffy lemon banana pancakes. Easy to make in less than 30 minutes from start to finish, you’ll love how fresh and tart they are! I think it’s safe to say most of us have lemons, oats, bananas, and some type of milk and yogurt on hand which is why these pancakes are so perfect for breakfast on the weekend.

Grating fresh lemon zest both into and on top of these lemon banana pancakes adds so much freshness that naturally gives you a little energy boost in the morning too! I just love the lemon banana combo — it turned out so well in these lemon banana chia muffins which inspired these pancakes.

Throwing all of the ingredients together in a blender saves you from getting multiple bowls dirty (just make sure you wash the blender before the batter hardens!) and gets you the perfect consistency for pancake batter. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this pancake recipe!

Ingredients for Lemon Banana Pancakes

  • old-fashioned oatsuse gluten-free oats if preferred.
  • eggs
  • spotty bananas
  • maple syrup these pancakes are sweetened naturally with maple syrup, however they do get a lot of sweetness from the bananas so if you wanted to omit the maple syrup you definitely could!
  • plain or vanilla yogurtI recommend opting for yogurts that are lower in sugar and higher in protein. I used siggi’s 4% touch of honey flavor. To make these pancakes dairy-free use plant-based or coconut yogurt.
  • lemonsyou will need the zest and the juice! See below for my trick for getting more juice out of a lemon.
  • oat milkother non-dairy milk of your choice would also work.
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • salt

equipment / utensils

  • high-speed blender
  • zester
  • spatula
  • skillet or sauté pan

Tips for Making Lemon Banana Blender Pancakes

  • Get out all of the ingredients before you start making them. I like to do this for every recipe no matter how easy or complicated it might be. It helps to make sure you don’t forget anything.
  • Microwave the lemon to get more juice out of it. Check out this video for how to get more juice out of your lemons — it’s so easy!
  • Don’t flip them until they bubble. You want to give your pancakes a chance to rise a bit before flipping them. Look for little bubbles around the edges before flipping. This will also prevent you from flipping too early!
  • Don’t squish them down with the spatula once you’ve flipped them. You want your pancakes to have a little lift and bounce, so once you flip them, don’t squish them down with the spatula. I love how these can get really fluffy.
  • Wash the blender immediately after cooking the pancakes. The oat flour will harden and it will be a lot harder to scrub the blender clean if you wait! Wash as much of the batter out as you can, then fill the blender up about halfway with water and a few drops of soap. Run it on high, and it practically cleans itself!
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Lemon Banana Pancakes

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Lemon banana pancakes made from oats are a fresh and fun take on pancakes that you’ll want to make for many weekend mornings to come. They’re fluffy, fresh, and tart to wake you up deliciously! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats⠀
  • 2 eggs⠀
  • 2 large spotty bananas⠀
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole-milk yogurt or dairy-free/plant-based yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. oat milk or other milk of choice⠀
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons⠀
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract ⠀
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon⠀
  • 1 tsp. baking powder ⠀
  • pinch of salt ⠀

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until a pancake batter consistency forms. 
  • Heat a skillet and coat with butter or oil to prevent pancakes from sticking. Use a 1/4 cup to portion out the pancake batter onto the skillet. 
  • Once the edges start to bubble, flip. Repeat with remaining pancake batter. 
  • Top with extra lemon zest, yogurt & banana slices and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey if desired. Enjoy! 
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Pumpkin Recipes

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie (Gluten & Dairy-Free)

Sip on the smooth & creamy taste of pumpkin with this frozen pumpkin pie smoothie! Made dairy-free with canned pumpkin, frozen banana, creamy oat milk, collagen protein, & pumpkin spice, it’s a refreshing way to enjoy the taste of fall in smoothie form!

frozen pumpkin smoothie

Did someone say frozen PUMPKIN PIE smoothie?! How delicious does that sound on a hot August day when you’re starting to get excited about all things pumpkin?!

Smoothies are such a delicious and simple way to add more nutrition to your diet whether that be for breakfast, as a snack or after a workout. The beauty of smoothies is that you can pack a lot of nutrition by way of different fruits vegetables, sources of protein and fat that you may not typically get into one delicious and refreshing drink.

Seasonal Smoothie Appreciation

I love matching my smoothie to the season we’re in and if you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m MOST excited about healthy pumpkin smoothies in the fall! Next to my pumpkin cream cold brew recipe, it’s my favorite way to enjoy pumpkin in drink form.

Benefit of Adding Pumpkin to a Smoothie

Canned pumpkin is incredibly easy to add to a smoothie and is packed with vitamin A, C, E, potassium and fiber. The bold orange hue of pumpkin is thanks to the fact that it’s an excellent source of beta-carotene, a plant compound that gets converted to vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is great for immunity and eye health — one of the many nutritional benefits of adding more pumpkin to your diet in the fall!

And be sure to check out this post for 9 pumpkin recipes for warm weather to make when it’s still hot out but your heart says pumpkin!

Ingredients For Frozen Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • pumpkin puree — I personally always use Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin!
  • frozen banana — when your bananas on the counter are looking very spotty, take the peel off and freeze them to use in smoothies like this.
  • unsweetened oat milk — Oat milk is thicker than most other plant-based milks which is why I like to use it in smoothies, and smoothie bowls. I like the varieties from Califia Farms. Use any milk alternative you prefer.
  • collagen (optional)
  • pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • pitted date(s) — add a pitted date or 2 to give this smoothie more natural sweetness. Try it with just the banana first as I think that gives it a nice amount of sweetness.
  • hemp seeds/ ground flax seed / chia seeds – each of these seeds is a good source of healthy fat, fiber and plant-based protein. This helps the smoothie be more blood-sugar friendly and helps you stay fuller for longer!
  • creamy unsweetened almond butter — I love the Target brand creamy unsweetened almond butter.
  • ice
  • granola — I love something crunchy on top of this frozen pumpkin smoothie! My favorite granola is Purely Elizabeth pumpkin cinnamon granola (it’s available year-round!).
  • pumpkin seeds — Pumpkin seeds would be another great addition on top of this smoothie! Pumpkin seeds are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber and magnesium.

equipment/ utensils:

  • high-speed blender
  • glasses
  • straw

What Enhances the Pumpkin Flavor

I’ve found that keeping the other fruit and vegetables in the smoothie to a minimum can help the pumpkin shine, but adding things like frozen banana can add a touch of sweetness. Out of all fruit I’d say this mixes best with pumpkin so the flavors don’t compete. Frozen cauliflower is another good option for a boost of nutrients without added flavor.

Tips for Making a Thick & Creamy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

  • Use frozen banana. If you don’t have any frozen bananas on hand but still want to make this smoothie, simply add a little more ice. I have no tried it, but you could also use frozen riced cauliflower in place of the bananas.
  • Don’t add too much liquid. I like my smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon (I think they’re more satisfying that way!).
  • Freeze leftover pumpkin puree. When you have a little pumpkin puree leftover in a can, don’t throw it out! Freeze it in an ice cube tray and then use those “pumpkin cubes” anytime you’re making a smoothie. They’re even great to throw in a soup this fall.

How to Make This a Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie

Even though this frozen smoothie has collagen added, you can find a vegan collagen option. Or, if you have a protein powder you already like that doesn’t have a strong flavor, feel free to sub it in!

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frozen pumpkin smoothie

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Creamy and oh so *dreamy*, you’ll fall in love with this frozen pumpkin pie smoothie that tastes like everything we love about the season! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat milk
  • 1-2 tbsp. creamy unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds, ground flax, or hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 pitted date (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 serving collagen optional; can also sub for vanilla or unflavored protein powder

optional toppings:

  • pumpkin granola
  • pumpkin seeds

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth and combined.
  • Pour into a glass and top with pumpkin granola, pumpkin seeds and extra pumpkin pie spice! Enjoy! 
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Pumpkin Recipes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Banana Bread

This gluten free pumpkin banana bread is extra moist and fluffy and  sweetened naturally with only bananas. It’s the best of both worlds with combination pumpkin bread and banana bread wrapped into one. Perfect in the fall and all year long!

I’m a big baked good person which is why I like to make healthier versions with added nutrition (and pumpkin!) in my own kitchen. I usually crave something like bread, muffins, or a blondie  in the morning to have with my coffee. This gluten free pumpkin banana bread is naturally sweetened with added nutrition, and is perfect for satisfying that baked good craving in a healthy way!

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This bread is sweetened naturally with only bananas (the coconut sugar is optional if you want it a little sweeter). It’s also packed with extra plant-based protein from the hemp seeds, and healthy omega-3 fats from the addition of flax seed and that’s not all! The pumpkin puree adds vitamin A, C and more fiber, (the flax and hemp seeds also give it more fiber!) making this not your average baked good!

The fiber will help to fill you up and promote healthy digestion (if you know what I mean), which is why I like having this bread as part of my breakfast with coffee! The texture is hearty but light, and the perfect flavor combination of pumpkin and banana.

This bread is made with almond and tapicoa flour, which I realize might not be in everyones pantry! I find they are great for gluten free baking and try to stock up especially when almond flour is on sale.

grain free pumpkin banana bread

Are your bananas looking spotty? Use them to whip up healthy pumpkin banana bread no matter what time of year it is! And if this pumpkin banana combination is up your ally then I’m sure you will love these healthy pumpkin banana pancakes  and these gluten free pumpkin blondies!

gluten free pumpkin banana bread

Gluten Free Pumpkin Banana Bread

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Lightly sweetened and extra moist from the pumpkin puree and banana, this gluten free and grain free pumpkin banana bread is perfect thing to have in the morning with coffee.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 medium-sized bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar optional; omit completely for a naturally sweetened version
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds*
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed*
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a medium loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flours, hemps seeds, flax seed, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, vanilla and coconut oil until well combined.
  • Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet with a spatula until combined.**
  • Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely in the loaf pan.
  • Slice and enjoy! Store bread in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

*these are optional but give the bread a heartier texture plus fiber and healthy fat.
The bread will not rise as much as bread made with regular flour will. The pieces will be smaller but still delicious! You can make this bread into muffins by portioning the batter into a muffin tin and baking at the same temperature for 16-18 minutes.
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XOXO

MAGGIE

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