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Seedy Blueberry Banana Bread

This Seedy Blueberry Banana Bread recipe is a great way to use up overly ripe bananas and to get a boost of fruit in your diet! It's less sweet than most banana bread recipes making it an ideal choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp sesame seeds (black or regular)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium ripe)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (you could use a neutral oil here too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp coarse sugar like demerara cane sugar (or more granulated sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 8 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, 2 Tbsp poppy seeds, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the mashed bananas, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk together the wet ingredients (it's okay if a little bit of the dry ingredients get in there) in the center until evenly mixed.

  4. Once the wet ingredients are mixed, use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. Fold in the blueberries and transfer to the prepared loaf pan.

  5. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 2 tsp sesame seeds, 2 tsp poppy seeds, and coarse sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.

  6. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean and the seeds on the top are toasted. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing and enjoying.