I love my Blueberry Muffin recipe. It is one of the first things I baked after going vegan and over the years, I’ve really perfected this recipe to a science. It’s so good, that my husband actually got sort of angry when I told him I wasn’t going to include it in the cookbook. I figured–what’s the point? It’s already on the blog. But he truly believes that my Blueberry Muffin recipe is “spectacular,” the kind of thing that will allow him to “retire early.” And so, I felt compelled to include it in my cookbook (which you can now preorder, in case you didn’t know!). But, loyal blog subscribers, you do not need to wait for the cookbook to try that recipe out. But, this post isn’t about blueberry muffins. It’s about what happens when I decide to turn blueberry muffins into BREAD.
I mean, I know a lot of people are really into banana bread and pumpkin bread and zucchini bread. But why aren’t more people making blueberry bread? Given the prevalence and popularity of the eponymous breakfast pastry, it’s sort of a mystery. In lieu of figuring that out, I decided to just make a bread out of blueberry muffins. But, I also thought it would be really fun to give it a little flair by creating a gorgeous little swirl that you can see when you cut into it.
The trick to this is creating two different colored batters. Given the natural coloring afforded by the blueberries, again, I ask you–why is this not done with more regularity? Who knows. But it was simple enough. You mix a cup of thawed frozen berries into a portion of the batter without having to be gentle with the berries, and you get a lovely, brilliant purple batter.
Feel free to use food coloring, as well, but I didn’t need to (though I had it out just in case). You will get a darker color once it comes out of the oven (that’s what happens when you use baking soda and add heat), but it’s still a decidedly blue swirl, so that people will know immediately–“Hey, you used blueberries for that!”
You just layer the different colored batters on top of one another, give the batter a swirl with a handy dandy wooden skewer or chopstick, and you stick it in the oven for about 50 minutes, and you’re good to go. You’ve just made Blueberry Swirl Bread, and you will be the envy of all those who stuck with making just boring old Banana Bread.
Vegan Blueberry Swirl Bread
- 3/4 cup plant milk
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tbsp aquafaba (or sub in plant milk)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/3 cup flour
- 3 tsp baking powder see prior video for full recipe
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt minced
- 1 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and/or blackberries (thawed) diced
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Add vinegar to plant milk and set aside. This is your "buttermilk."
- Using a standmixer (whisk attachment) or handmixer, mix together butter and sugar until the butter is creamy. Add aquafaba (or plant milk), vanilla extract, and buttermilk and mix until ingredients are combined. It'll look curdled, but don't worry.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix). The batter will be very thick–much more like a biscuit batter than a cake batter. This is what you want, but if it's simply too thick to work with, add 1 tbsp of plant milk to slacken it a bit.
- Scoop out approximately 1/3 of the batter into a separate bowl. Add 1 cup of the thawed berries (together with any juice) to this smaller portion of the batter. Mix the berries into the batter, until it turns a lovely bright purple color.
- Add the remaining berries to the larger portion of the batter, using a spatula, so as not to break the berries.
- To a 1 lb loaf pan, generously misted with cooking spray, Add a layer of the light colored batter. To that, add two generous scoops of the purple batter. Then repeat until all the batter is used up.
- Using a large wooden skewer or a chopstick, swirl the batter around a few times.
- Place in the oven and bake for approximately 50-55 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.