We came home from blueberry picking the other day with 13 pounds of blueberries. That’s a lot of blueberries, which is why I have a plethora of blueberry recipes for you now.
The possibilities are pretty much endless for what you can add blueberries into, but these particular blueberry recipes are the ones we’ve actually made over the years (and recently).
So they’ve been tried and tested by two adults and three picky kids, and they get two thumbs up…or ten thumbs up if we’re being honest.
Blueberry Recipes: Drinks
Baking with blueberries is great and all, but so is drinking them. Check out these drink-related blueberry recipes for the next time you find yourself with a handful (or two) too many.
Soooooooo refreshing, and a great (virgin) option for a hot summer day.
Freeze them for “ice cubes”
This may not be your first thought, but it’s a great one. Especially out here in Europe where ice is a rarity. Clean your berries, and when they’re completely dry, freeze them in a quart-size freezer safe bag. Then add them to your favorite drinks (water, soda water, lemonade, cocktails, etc.)
Grab a handful of fresh blueberries, and some mint and muddle in a cocktail shaker (or a bowl…no judgement here). Add some sugar and fresh lime (to taste); strain if possible, and add to your glass.
Fill glass(es) with some ice (or frozen berries), and pour in soda or tonic water and a shot of vodka. Garnish with fresh mint.
Put them in your Smoothie
Fresh or frozen, add them to your smoothies to turn that “green monster” into a delightful purple hue.
Say yes to these berry lemonade popsicles, because WHOA. That sweet and tart combo is delicious. Plus, you can’t go wrong with popsicles made in 8 minutes!
Blueberry Recipes: For Breakfast
So many great options for having a berry blueberry breakfast!
Fact: classic banana bread is great.
Fun fact: classic banana bread with blueberries in it, too, is PERFECTION.
Yogurt and Oatmeal
Plop some berries into your yogurt or oatmeal for a little antioxidant boost and an extra tasty pop of flavor.
No fancy method to blueberry pancakes; just make your favorite pancake recipe and after you ladle them onto your griddle, and before you flip them the first time, gently add in your berries to the wet mix right on the pan.
Blueberry Maple Syrup
Oh friends, you have to make this. It was sooooo dang good.
1 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries + 1/2 cup (optional)
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients (except additional 1/2 cup berries) in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. If you want smooth syrup, strain. If you want more chunky syrup, add in additional blueberries (we smashed ours a little at this point). Serve immediately or store in fridge.
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Coffee cake is delicious on its own, but try adding a handful (or two) of fresh blueberries to the mix just before you pour it into your baking vessel. Add some lemon zest to brighten the whole thing up a bit more. Here’s a basic recipe we love.
The Obvious Thing to do with Blueberries
Okay, this last one is pretty obvious, but if you’ve run out of things to do with all your blueberries, just eat them. Don’t try to overthink this and do something fancy. Just plop some in your mouth.
Sometimes the most obvious is the last thing we think of.