Got blueberries? These tangy purple berries are seriously tasty—and healthy too. Here are our top blueberry recipes for what to do with them.
Are you a blueberry lover? We can’t get enough of these deep purple berries and their tangy pop of flavor. Of course, Alex and my favorite way to eat them is by the handful: they’re truly nature’s candy! But if you’re looking for a few recipes on what to do with blueberries: we’ve got your back. From blueberry crisp to healthy blueberry muffins to our frosty chocolate blueberry smoothie, we hope you’ll find a few favorite recipes you’ll make again and again.
Before we start…a little note on the health benefits of blueberries!
You’ve probably heard all sorts of health claims about blueberries, and maybe heard the word super food thrown around here and there. It’s true: blueberries are chock full of health benefits! But what’s actually so great about these tiny blue orbs, and why should you make these blueberry recipes? Blueberries are:
- Low in calories and fat. Blueberries have 80 calories per 1 cup serving, virtually no fat, and are low in sodium.
- A source of vitamin C. A 1 cup serving of blueberries provides 16% of your daily vitamin C.
- A good source of dietary fiber. Even just a handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What’s good about fiber? Fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease and may help you feel full faster.
- High in manganese. Manganese helps the body process cholesterol and nutrients such as carbohydrates and protein.
Source: US Highbush Blueberry Council
And now…our top blueberry recipes!
Up first in our best blueberry recipes: this blueberry cake! This one is fluffy and moist, topped with a layer of purple-blue ripe blueberries. It’s lightly sweet and has a hint of lemon. It has a bit of a healthy spin: it’s made with olive oil, Greek yogurt and applesauce instead of rich butter. Because of that, the dessert tastes light and fresh instead of indulgent. This means you could serve it as a blueberry breakfast cake or brunch, and at the same time turn around and serve it for dessert topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
This easy blueberry crisp recipe is everything: it’s simple to make, it’s got a healthy spin, and it tastes SO, so good. The filling tastes like pure blueberry. And guess what: there’s no sugar in the filling! Only 1/2 cup of sugar is included in the crisp topping, but it’s the perfect amount of sweetness: just enough so that the blueberries shine but not so much that you have to brush your teeth immediately afterwards. What really puts it over the edge is the lavender — which steps it up to a new level. It's one of our favorite blueberry recipes...ever.
Excuse us while we vent a little: but isn’t a muffin usually just an excuse to eat a cupcake for breakfast? Most muffin recipes are a flour and sugar bomb. These healthy blueberry muffin recipe is the opposite: it’s 100% oats (no flour!), made in a blender with bananas and a little maple syrup for some sweetness. The tangy blueberry takes them to impossible heights. This is one of our top blueberry recipes and a fan favorite!
Here's a new one for your chocolate cravings: a chocolate blueberry smoothie recipe! It’s extremely easy to whip up in a blender, and it uses ingredients you might have have on hand. Blend up some frozen blueberries (easy to keep in the freezer in case a craving strikes), a banana, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whiz it up and it makes a dark purple drink that tastes a bit like a healthy chocolate smoothie.
This blueberry scone recipe is pretty darn perfect; it results in scones that are perfectly crumbly with tangy blueberries and a crunch of turbinado sugar on top! These are great for breakfasts or entertaining: imaging having house guests and greeting them in the morning with some pourover coffee and a plate of fresh scones? This blueberry recipe is already getting rave reviews; said one follower: "My family reviews the blueberry scones 7 thumbs up!" Now we're talking.
This easy blueberry cobbler is totally classic and seriously tasty! The “magic” thing about this blueberry recipe is that when baking it, the blueberries sink from the top of the dough to the bottom and a crust forms neatly over the top. It's a lovely crisp golden brown on the top and gooey on the inside. Served with melty vanilla ice cream it's a total treat.
This blueberry banana ice cream recipe is all of that: painlessly easy but with the perfect ice creamy-y texture and fresh, natural flavor. Instead of buying ice cream, throw frozen bananas and blueberries berries into a blender with coconut milk or yogurt! It's instant blueberry banana ice cream, perfect for people and kiddos of all diets. Sometimes called banana nice cream, it's just bananas, frozen berries and a little almond milk, blended together into frozen goodness. It's a healthier take on ice cream that's just as fun to eat: that's why we just call it ice cream anyway!
These vegan blueberry muffins are incredibly tasty and are a total crowd pleaser! With a hint of turmeric, they have a beautiful golden color too. To top them off, we added lemon zest for a little brightness, and turbinado sugar for a sparkly, crunchy topping. They come out perfectly moist, with a nuanced flavor and seriously tangy pockets of blueberries. They’re everything that you could want in a muffin!
This really is the BEST blueberry smoothie, we promise! Are you one of those people who thinks you don’t need recipes for smoothies? Seriously good smoothies are deceptively difficult to whip up: but this one hits all the right notes. It’s got the perfect creamy texture, tastes like pure blueberry, has no added sugar, and is full of real, whole food ingredients. And the best part? It’s got a hint of cinnamon, too.
Ready for a little celebration? Here's a blueberry drink recipe -- complete with champagne for a little sparkle! It’s a play on a sangria (that delicious Spanish wine and fruit juice drink), but using blueberries and black cherries instead. Oh and then of course a splash of champagne!
Other blueberry recipes
If you need more inspiration, here are a few blueberry recipes we would suggest:
- Blackberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette — use blueberries instead!
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes or Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal Pancakes — add a handfuls of blueberries to each pancake while cooking them on the griddle
- Homemade Acai Bowl — top it with blueberries
- Healthy Granola Recipe — throw this onto yogurt and top with blueberries
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.