It’s my favorite time of year–blueberry season! These sun-ripened berries get nice and sweet. Here are some ideas for blueberry recipes so you can make the most of this delicious summer fruit!
Fortunately, whether they’re fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries, they pack in plenty of vital nutrients like manganese and vitamins C and K1.
Blueberry Recipes for Dessert
Blueberry Cobbler: There’s nothing like a cobbler hot out of the oven paired with cold, vanilla ice cream. These are great because it’s so easy to make and you don’t have to worry about a fancy presentation. Cobblers are also typically a little less sweet than other desserts, which is why they balance so well with ice cream. First, melt 1/2 cup of butter and place in a baking dish. Mix 1 cup self-rising flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup of milk in a bowl until combined; pour batter over melted butter. Bake at 350F for one hour, let it cool, then enjoy!
Blueberry Pie: Making a blueberry pie from scratch is much easier than you would think! You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe. Blueberry pie always makes me think of being home for holidays, and the best part is the sweet, aromatic smells that drift from the kitchen while it’s baking. For the filling, combine 2/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 2 tsp lemon zest, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp salt in a large bowl. Add blueberries and gently toss to combine. Transfer the blueberry filling to the prepared pie crust. Refrigerate, then prepare a lattice crust for the top. Using a packaged crust can be a shortcut that saves you some time and effort, and can taste just as good!
Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream: The beautiful thing about homemade ice cream is how few ingredients it takes to make! And you’ll be so glad you opted for homemade over store-bought. First, put 2 packs of blueberries, 1 cup, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil, lower heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool, then pulse in the blender. Combine the blueberry mixture with 1/2 cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of whole milk, and 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice. Cover and chill overnight. Pour into an ice cream maker and make according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Blueberry Cheesecake: This is one of my favorite desserts. It’s creamy, rich, and the perfect after-dinner treat. If you want to make the flavors more subtle, opt for a blueberry glaze or drizzle. This dessert isn’t necessarily the easiest to make, but it’s definitely worth a try!
Blueberry Recipes for Breakfast
Blueberry pancakes: This is the perfect lazy morning breakfast or brunch to serve the whole family! Skip the box mix and opt for fresh homemade blueberry pancakes from scratch! With this recipe, you can make your own melt-in-your-mouth pancakes! Don’t forget the syrup!
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
- 1½ cup whole milk
- 4 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp melted butter + 1/2 tbsp unmelted
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/2 tbsp butter, for the pan
- Mix the milk and vinegar and let it sit for 1-2 minutes (this is the "buttermilk").
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk the egg, milk, and butter into the dry ingredients until combined.
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat add 1/2 tbsp of butter.
- Pour about 1/3 cup of batter into the hot skillet and spread it (this will be pretty thick). Arrange blueberries on top of the pancake. Cook until you see little bubbles on top and the edges start to get firm. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancakes have risen, are fluffy, and cooked through.
Blueberry-Banana smoothie: When you’re trying to make healthy choices, smoothies are a perfect way to incorporate fresh fruits into your diet. With fresh or frozen blueberries, a frozen banana, and vanilla greek yogurt, you can make a delicious and nutritious smoothie that everyone will love! If you use fresh fruit, add some ice to make your smoothie nice and cold. You can also incorporate other add-ins like flax seeds, chia seeds, or nutrition powders!
Blueberry Muffins: Muffins are a great snack to pack in lunches or to have as breakfast-on-the-go. Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, and a little salt in a large bowl. Add 1/3 cup oil, an egg, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 tsp vanilla extract then stir with a fork until blended. Mix in 8 oz of blueberries, divide the batter between muffin cups and bake. Whether you make mini muffins or full-size, everyone in your house is sure to ask for just one more!
You Can Grow Your Own Blueberries
I love the corner of my backyard where my blueberry bushes live. One of the best parts of summer is venturing out there and searching for the darkest blue, ripest, juiciest berries. My dog will always accompany me, hoping that a stray blueberry finds itself conveniently within his reach. If you decide to grow your own blueberries, plant them in a moist, well-drained, sunny, sheltered spot with acidic soil. They’re also great because they can be easily grown without pesticides!
Now that You Have Blueberry Recipes, It’s Time to Get Baking!
Blueberries are one of the best flavors of the late summer. Whether it’s part of your breakfast or a yummy dessert, these ideas for blueberry recipes are sure to be a hit! Let us know your favorite ways to cook and bake with blueberries in the comments. And don’t forget to share your favorite recipes with your family and friends on FamilyApp!