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Grandma's Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread for the Bread Machine

Updated on July 6, 2011

A Wholesome Bread Recipe That Tastes Great

So, what do you suppose might be in this Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread Recipe? Maybe it should be called "The Triple-Fruit Bread Recipe". I love a good, hearty homemade bread that has real (versus imitation) flavors and which is also full of healthy (versus chemically engineered) ingredients. For many, many years, I made bread the old way. Now, don't get me wrong. It was always good, and the kneading kept my arm muscles well toned. But, I have my sweet little bread machine now, and, though my muscles are not so well toned, I've lots of good tasting fresh homemade bread.

So enough chit-chat. Let's get down to the grindstone. BAKERS, BAKE THAT BREAD (said to the tune of "Bus Driver, Move That Bus")!!! Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread Machine Bread, that is.

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Blueberries - not only are they umm-mmm good, but (don't tell the children) they are good for us. In my first try with Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread, I used canned Blueberries. This time I changed to frozen Blueberries and was much happier with the result. I can actually see the pieces of blueberries in the finished Loaf. Shake the Blueberries with about a quarter-cup of the Bread Flour. They'll mix more easily in the dough rather than clumping together.

To me, a recipe is just a starting point. Once a recipe gets a firm foundation, it becomes something to be enlarged upon - stretched - twisted - done, undone, and then redone. Add some of this and that. Leave this out and change that to something else. With bread recipes, a good way to do that is with the fruits, vegetables and flours. The liquid ingredients - I found one recipe that called for cottage cheese. I apologize to the cottage cheese lovers right now, but I've never been able to look at cottage cheese without having my stomach curdle (yes, that was a play on words). I do like yogurt, especially Yoplait's fat-free yogurt. Some of the bread machine recipes call for vegetable oil. I prefer canola oil. Or I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (thank you, Richard Simmons).

List of Ingredients

Measure carefully

Remember - Add to the Bread Machine Pan in this order: Liquids, Dry Ingredients, Yeast. This is very important especially if you're setting the timer on the machine to bake the bread at a later time. I love waking up to the aroma of fresh bread baking in the kitchen.

  • 2 ½ Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 6 oz Blueberry Yogurt - Fat Free
  • 1/2 cup Applesauce - Unsweetened
  • 2 Bananas - Ripe - Mashed
  • 2 Cups Bread Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Cups Wheat Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Oats - Old Fashioned Uncooked
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Blueberries - Fresh or Frozen, coat with some of the flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Yeast - Quick Rise, Rapid Rise or Bread Machine

Now a little about the Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread Machine Recipe. Blueberries have several healthy attributes, one of which is being an excellent source of vitamin C. Bananas are high in potassium which, among other things, helps with water retention. The applesauce is unsweetened and replaces half of the oil or margarine. An apple a day keeps you-know-who away. At my age, I should probably eat two apples a day. With the addition of whole wheat flour and uncooked old-fashioned oats, we have a naturally high-fiber product. Just recently I learned about kosher salt. I want to see if I can find some and try it on one of my bread recipes. In the meantime, table salt is used. It is infused with iodide, which seems to be another something our bodies need. Cinnamon and nutmeg both have so much going on health-wise that it's good to use a little of both - for flavor and health benefits.

A good way to start with any new recipe is to read it all the way through, just to avoid any surprises. Then gather all the ingredients on the counter. It's rather frustrating to get started and then realize I don't have enough of something. Also lay out the measuring cups and spoons you'll need. A table knife with a straight back edge is good to use for raking the excess flours, sugar, etc. off the measuring utensil. For this recipe, you'll want a quart-size baggie for banana mashing, which is more fun than bubble-wrap popping.

Bag the bananas and seal the baggie, getting as much air out as possible. Then, using your hands, just start squishing and squashing, mashing the bananas to a pulp.

Breadman TR2700 Stainless-Steel Programmable Convection Bread Maker

Norpro 370 Bread Slicerand Guide with Crumb Catcher

Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker

Here are all the ingredients, except the flours and oats, ready to go into the Bread Machine Pan.

Make jellies, jams, cakes, and various doughs to bake in the oven.

Cakes for the Bread Machine

I'll be trying these for sure. Imagine - chocolate cake from a bread machine!

"Smoosh" the bananas out of the baggie and into the Bread Machine's Pan.

Put about a 1/4 cup of the Bread Flour in a bowl and stir the Blueberries around in it. This helps keep the Blueberries from clumping together in the dough.

Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Nearly always for the Bread Machines it's Liquids first, Dry ingredients next, and Yeast last.

Insert the Bread Pan into the Machine and close the lid. Set the Machine for a Medium Crust, 2 Pound Loaf of Wheat Bread. The Wheat Bread Setting gives a longer warm up period for the ingredients. This is used because of the Whole Wheat flour. I don't know why, I just go along with it. It seems to work best that way for the recipes using Whole Wheat flour.

When the Machine beeps, check to see if the dough is just way too sticky. Incorporate a little more flour into the dough if needed.

Bread Machine Recipes Around the Internet

There's only about 5 zillion of them. Let's see if I can find a few good ones. I'm sure they're all good, but I'll list some I might like to try.

The Bread Machine finally beeps it's "finally-it's-done" beep. Now set the Bread Pan with the Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread still inside in a safe place to cool for at least 10 minutes.

Sometimes it gets caught in the loaf of bread. When the bread has been turned out of the Pan, insure that the paddle has been removed. It's not tasty at all.

Have I mentioned that I love my sweet little Bread Machine? It's worth saying again. Just look what it did for me. Imagine what I would have to pay for a loaf of Blueberry Banana Applesauce Bread at a bakery! It would surprise me to even find a bakery that makes this on a regular basis. It would have to be a special order. With some basic ingredients and my sweetie (the Bread Machine) I can have this or any other combination of ingredients in my bread anytime. Gotta Love It!

My son, Nick - of whom I am so proud, helped with the editing of this photo so I just had to put it on here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very good! Rather Hearty...I like hearty. I sub'd Splenda and a drip of Honey though. I don't use sugar. It was so very nice with more sliced bananas on top drizzled with a wee bit more honey. Thanks! Love the healthy ingredients. Anyone not using their breadmaker in this summer heat? Do yourself a favor...Drag it out and plug it in next to the grill outside!! :) Thanks 'Grandma'!

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      mglee2010 5 years ago

      Love this recipe and I will be trying it at my own bread machine. Thumbs up :=)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      We have a bread machine up in our cupboard and I have never used it. Now that I have a recipe though I just may pull it out and check out how it works ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not very flavorful, except for the oatmeal. I was disappointed.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Okay. You've forced me to add a bread machine to my wish list with all of your mouthwatering recipes. Gotta try them all.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I'll have to show this to my husband. He loves to make bread with lots of different flavors. The house always smells good too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This has to be delicious, I love bananas, blueberries and applesauce and they sure do go well together. My sister makes her fruitcake with applesauce and it sure is moist. I didn't know about the other uses for a bread machine.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @GoodinDevelopme: Blueberry Applesauce Pancakes sound pretty good, also. Yum!

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      GoodinDevelopme 6 years ago

      Made blueberry applesauce pancakes today. Need to give this bread recipe a try, sounds delicious.

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What a great bread recipe lens. I love your tip on how to mash bananas! Lensrolled to my tea bread lens.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Anything with blueberries in it is a winner in my books. I had a grandma apparently who baked all the time, she passed away before I was born. I remember her from another time though. There's a lot of love in anything baked by a woman for her family. Such cherished moments of willingly being an angel to another. Squid angel blessed and thanks for being such a great grandma.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you very much. I love your enthusiasm.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Delish!!! Seriously!!! Too too yummy.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      You ladies are making me feel very good. Thanks for visiting and for such nice comments.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh I do not bake, but I love to eat, will you call me when the next loaf is done!!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Heaven! I'm in heaven ................. seriously.