Do you like blueberries as much as I do? I love love love blueberries and this time of year is heaven for blueberry lovers like me.
I decided to try something different today, and post a recipe. Apparently, across the ‘net, Tuesdays are the day to post about cooking. Personally, I much prefer baking to cooking. Baking is one of those things that adds to my happiness. It’s not that I mind cooking so much, it’s just something that has to be done, like laundry. But baking, well, I would bake every day if I could. I made two loaves of Blueberry Oatmeal Bread last night, and they are delicious! I hope you enjoy.
Due credit: this recipe is based on one from The Frugal Girl. If you are new to baking, you may want to check out her version of the recipe since she also posts step-by-step instructions. (I’ve made a few tweaks to her recipe, as I usually do. Just can’t help it. I always tinker with recipes.)
Sorry about the dark photo. It was late by the time the loaves came out of the oven. Photos are not the same without natural light.
Blueberry Oatmeal Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup oats
¾ cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1¼ cups milk
¹/3 cup applesauce (or use oil if you prefer)
1½ tsp. vanilla
1 cup fresh blueberries (I haven’t tried using frozen blueberries, but I think you could. Don’t thaw them, just use them frozen)
¼ cup oats
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
¹/3 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan generously.
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with a fork or a whisk.
In another (smaller) bowl, beat together the two eggs. Add the milk, applesauce, and vanilla. Blend very well with a fork. Be sure these wet ingredients are very well combined, and then add them to the dry ingredients all at once.
Now I will let you in on a secret. For lighter quickbreads (breads made without yeast), do not overmix. This goes for muffins as well. The more you mix, the heavier your bread will be. Instead, mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Then, fold the blueberries in gently, again being careful not to overmix.
Pour the batter into the greased pan.
For the topping, combine the oats and brown sugar and mash them together with a fork. Add the blueberries. Using your hand, gently sprinkle the topping onto the batter in the pan. This adds blueberries to the very top of the bread. If you don’t do this step, the bread will still be good but will have more blueberries on the bottom than on the top of the loaf.
Here’s a photo of my loaves just before I put them in the oven:
Bake for 50 minutes, or longer, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack (or on a cold baking sheet if you don’t have a wire rack).
Makes 1 loaf of Blueberry Oatmeal Bread. Yum!
This post is linked to: Tasty Tuesdays at Beautiful Mess and at Beauty and Bedlam, Tuesday Tastes, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, and Tuesdays at the Table
Mmmm, looks delicious – and healthy too with all those oats and berries. Well done!
This sounds really good! I love blueberries and I am always looking for good recipes to use them in. I am really going to have to make this. Visiting from Tasty Tuesdays! Hope you have a great week!
Your blueberry oatmeal bread looks scrumptious! I love recipes that are tasty and good for you too.
Oooh, your topping looks yummy!
The topping makes it a bit crunchier, which I like. If I’m making it for the kids, I might add a bit of butter to the topping so that the oats get a little bit softer.
Thanks to you, Kristen, for the great recipe in the first place!
Looks yummy and healthy to boot. What a great idea. Thanks so much for linkin up with my tasty tuesdays bloghop. Hope you’ll come back again.
Welcome all you Tasty Tuesday bloghoppers! I’ll be looking at all your recipes. I love to peruse new recipes 🙂
This looks amazing! Welcome to Tuesday Tastes, happy to have you! I wanna make some of this amazing bread right now, actually, yesterday!!
Jasey @ Crazy Daisy
Looks absolutely incredible. I have never had this before. I am loving all the blueberry recipes.
Yum! I’m definitely going to try this one. We have a ton of blueberries from picking the other day!
Great way to use blueberries and oats.
I love this! I make banana blueberry bread very often, but will have to try your recipe too 🙂
Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! When it cools enough to bake here, I’m going to try it. Thank you! Yum!
I agree about the heat. It’s really difficult to consider baking when the house is so hot and the humidity is so thick.
But not to worry. In a few short months I’ll be complaining about the cold. LOL.
Looks tasty and healthy! I could easily make this gluten free, too. Thanks so much for the recipe. 🙂
this looks great – can you describe the texture? was it dry? moist?
Hi Katherine, thanks for stopping by.
The bread is moist and soft. Also, a few folks on FB asked me if the bread is sweet: it’s not nearly as sweet as, say, a store-bought muffin. It’s great in the morning or as a snack, but as much as we like it, the kids don’t think of it as dessert :-).
The topping is a just a tiny bit crunchy. If you want less of a crunch, then I would mix in a bit of butter to the topping to moisten it specifically.
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I just came across this recipe! It looks amazing and I’m going to whip it up to take to a play date!
It is indeed delicious, DHardt. Hope you enjoyed it!
Thank you, I made this loaf today has a great taste and appearance
So glad you liked it! I’ve been waiting for blueberries to come to the market at a reasonable price…