Here are our top blueberry recipes for what to do with this sweet fruit! Try everything from cakes to muffins to margaritas.
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 desserts like crisp and crumble to healthy blueberry muffins to a frosty blueberry smoothie, we hope you’ll find a few favorite recipes you’ll make again and again.
At the top of all blueberry recipes are these classic Blueberry Muffins! These babies come out tall and proud, with pure golden tops dotted with crunchy turbinado sugar. The interiors are fluffy and moist, scented with cinnamon and honey and studded with sweet tart purple berries.
Here’s a breakfast that’s the best way to make Saturday morning even more special: lemon blueberry pancakes! These are quite the treat: tender and fluffy, with just the right citrus zing! Each bite has a sweet pop of purple blueberry. Top it off with tangy sweet blueberry compote and it’s all you can do not to scream Wow! on your first bite (we did). It’s every bit as good as it looks. You can use frozen berries if you don’t have a fresh stash.
Looking for a blueberry dessert that’s as perfect as they come? This Blueberry Crumble is the ideal nostalgic treat for ending a meal. It’s got a juicy, fruity berry filling seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and lemon zest, topped with buttery, crispy crumbles. Add melty vanilla ice cream and it’s truly a sublime treat.
First up 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.
Stop right there. These blueberry waffles with blueberry sauce are literally life changing. They're impossibly fluffy, lightly sweet, and flecked with tangy bursts of blueberries. To set them over the top, we highly recommend the quick blueberry sauce (see below). Simmering blueberries with maple syrup makes a purple, thick glaze that tastes like pure heaven. Add a little fluffy whipped cream, and well, there’s not really anything more magical. "That was the best waffle I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even joking.” my sister said after she tasted these. Alex and I had to agree.
How to make everyone want to eat salad? Add blueberries! This blueberry salad is classic and chic, staring baby spinach and arugula, feta cheese, and pistachios. Covering it all is our creamy balsamic dressing, which blankets the salad in tangy-sweet goodness. This one is a total crowd pleaser!
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 ½ 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.
Stumped on healthy breakfasts? Make a big pan of this Blueberry Baked Oatmeal! Baked oatmeal is the holy grail of easy breakfasts: once you bake up a pan, you can eat off the leftovers all week. Or, it’s a special breakfast to serve for guests for brunch. The tangy, tart pops of blueberries are a bright pairing to the hearty oats and cozy cinnamon and allspice.
Looking for a way to pack in more fruits and veggies to your life? Try this Blueberry Juice! Simply blend up blueberries with a little water, lemon juice and sweetener and it makes a sweet tart and delicious healthy drink. It’s a great way to infuse all of those antioxidants from blueberries in a big dose, perfect for drinking with a lunch or snack.
Here’s a blueberry dessert that’s tastier than pie, in our opinion. Try this Blueberry Galette! This free-form blueberry tart is so simple to whip up with no special equipment: and the flavor is out of this world. The filling is piled with sweet tart berries, sweetened just enough and heightened with lemon zest and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s all encased in a golden flaky pastry crust, which forms a charming frame for the berries. Top with vanilla ice cream and it’s a heavenly summer dessert.
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.
Here’s an appetizer trick that works for anytime and season: this Blueberry Goat Cheese appetizer! Imagine: a glossy, sweet tart blueberry sauce draped over a warm log of goat cheese, punctuated with pops of fresh herbs. Serve it on crackers or crostini, and no one will be able to stop dipping! You can make this with fresh or frozen berries, or as a shortcut use purchased blueberry jam.
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!
This is one of our most versatile blueberry recipes: this quick blueberry sauce! Drizzle it on vanilla ice cream, blueberry pancakes, blueberry waffles....really anything is better with this sauce! It's luxurious, thick, syrupy, bright purple, and tastes like eating 1 million blueberries at once. And it’s made with only 5 ingredients! And there’s no refined sugar: it’s naturally sweet, too. Yes, you need this in your life.
Got a load of beautiful berries? Let’s make Blueberry Pancakes! There’s nothing better than the scent of frying up golden batter on a weekend morning (right?). This blueberry pancake recipe is classic and basic, using ingredients you probably already have on hand. It makes flapjacks that are light and fluffy, with just the right classic flavor interrupted by tangy pops of purple berries
Want a blueberry cocktail? Try this Blueberry Mojito! This spin on the classic is minty fresh, with a hit of tangy sweet berries on the finish. Its irresistible flavor is a heightened version of the original, and that bright fuchsia-purple color will make every head turn.
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.
What’s better than the combination of zingy lemon and pure sweet blueberry? These Lemon Blueberry Muffins are the epitome of the pairing, with a bright citrusy kick from the lemon and studded with pops of purple berries. Heighten the flavor with a lemon drizzle, which takes these muffins from good to wow.
Here’s a fruity, refreshing drink everyone should try at least once: the Shrub! This sweet and sour drink works as a cocktail or a mocktail, pairing a fruity vinegar syrup with soda. It’s very simple to make a shrub at home: all you need are 2 days and a bit of blueberries, vinegar and sugar.
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.
Want a berry-based spin on everyone’s favorite drink? Try this Blueberry Margarita! It’s got a beautifully sweet tart flavor, and you won’t believe the color! Muddle up the berries and they make a fluorescent pink-purple hue. This version is great for impressing friends, or mixing up a single drink to sip on the patio.
And to round out our best blueberry recipes...nice cream! 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.
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.
Preheat: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or add muffin cup papers.
Wash and dry the blueberries.
Make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the honey, vegetable oil, yogurt, milk and apple cider vinegar until smooth. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a spatula until a thick, smooth batter forms. Fold the blueberries into the batter with a spatula.
Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups: the cups will be full to the top, using about a heaping ¼ cup per muffin. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar (or additional granulated sugar).
Bake: Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, until puffed and golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour. Eat immediately or they taste even better the next day after storage in a sealed container at room temperature. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or frozen up to 3 months.