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The slight acidity of buttermilk tenderizes and moistens baked goods while allowing you to cut way back on butter or oils. Here, it also lends a slight tanginess to the winning combination of bananas and blueberries. To make muffins instead, see Muffin Variation.

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total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
10

Nutrition Profile:

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

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  • Whisk buttermilk, brown sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in mashed bananas.

  • Whisk whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in blueberries. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

  • Bake until the top is golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let cool for about 2 hours before slicing.

  • Muffin Variation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 (1/2 cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners. Divide the batter among the muffin cups (they will be full). Bake until the tops are golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes more before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Ingredient note: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

1-inch-thick slice
278 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 49.2g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 23.2g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 37.5mg; vitamin a iu 87.5IU; vitamin c 4.9mg; folate 49.4mcg; calcium 44.5mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 16.2mg; potassium 195.7mg; sodium 297.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 16g.

2 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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