Summertime brings the best fruit of the year, and we’re finishing the season strong with recipes that help you use up all those baskets of tasty blueberries markets are overflowing with right about now. From salads to cobblers, consider this is your ultimate guide to blueberry season… that is, if you haven’t already snacked your way through all of them! If you do, we don’t blame you – we know how irresistible those tiny blue orbs can be when you find a particularly sweet batch. But the smaller more tart blueberries have their role, too: they’re actually the best pick for baking, since the flavors sweeten during the baking process. So if you have lots of berries that are just too tart for snacking, use them in your next batch of muffins. Read on for our top picks on some of the best recipes you can make with peak summer blueberries.
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Kicking things off with one of the most classic recipes, Blueberry Crisp. Non-bakers, this one’s for you – we love a crisp because it’s less fussy than a cobbler, but equally as craveable. The delicious topping is more of a crumble as opposed to drop biscuits making this dish great for beginner bakers. Serve this hot out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for a sweet taste of summer.
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For a heartier dessert, try a Blueberry Buckle. If you weren’t sure, a buckle is essentially a coffee cake with fruit mixed in. In this case, those little round berries we love so much. It’s a really simple recipe with straightforward ingredients that goes back at least a century with the likes of cobblers, crisps, and crumbles.
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We’ve got another classic recipe with a twist. Skillet Blueberry Bourbon Pandowdy for whenever you need to impress a crowd. Wondering what a pandowdy even is? Think of it as a fruit-forward dessert that’s kind of a mix between a cobbler and a pie. It supposedly got its name from its rather “dowdy” appearance, but we have to say, this recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a stunner!
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It wouldn’t be a proper blueberry round-up without a muffin! Using fresh lemon zest and juice, these Blueberry-Lemonade Muffins are the perfect morning treat. Bright and buttery, these are the kind of muffins that we dream about.
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Try this Blueberry Muffin Cake for the best of both worlds: cake + muffin. Loaded with blueberries and a little bit of lemon zest, this is a great option to make for a large brunch gathering. Want that buttermilk glaze spread throughout the whole cake? Poke a few holes around the top before drizzling and the glaze will seep down into the cake for extra flavor in each bite.
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Blueberries aren’t only good for dessert! Create a bite-sized snack with Blueberry & Goat Cheese Crostini. This appetizer will add a nice pop of color to your table. The combo of sweet berry and tangy cheese is unbeatable. For this recipe, try and use the big, juicy berries to avoid a tartness overload.
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Get those greens while they’re fresh! This simple Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Dressing is a combination of bold ingredients that work together. From sweet pistachios to tangy feta, it’s hard to find something wrong with this recipe. Pair with grilled marinated chicken or fish for a complete meal.
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Whip up Blueberry, Feta, & Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza for a quick and easy lunch. Blueberries aren’t the most obvious pizza topping but paired with the right ingredients, it can be something really special. The honey magically pulls everything together for well balanced flavors.
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Turn a bunch of leftover blueberries into a tasty Blueberry Barbecue Sauce. This recipe, like any barbecue sauce, is simple to make and stores easy for use all summer long. Brush it on ribs, chicken, pork, and more. You most likely already have all the main ingredients in your pantry. All you need is blueberries!
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Summer’s the best time of year to start your morning with a nutrition-packed smoothie. Chef Dave’s Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie uses frozen blueberries but you can easily sub fresh or freeze your own in advance! Freezing is a great way to save fruit at its peak for use later in the year. The mint sprigs are optional but they add an extra touch of freshness for a morning boost.
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Here’s a treat you never knew you needed…Blueberry Goat Cheesecake Ice Cream! It’s a bit of a process to make this cold scoop of heaven but believe us when we say it’s SO worth it. Looking for something to pass the time on a weekend? Now you know what to do!
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Beat the heat with Frozen Blueberry Lemonade. Warning: the blueberry syrup will easily dye any clothing, tablecloth, or furniture so be careful, unless you’re going for that tie-dye look. Not only is this drink the perfect summer refresher, it’s Instagram-worthy – so get those cameras ready!
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Thirsty for something a little more adult? We’ve got you covered. Sip on a Blueberry Mojito poolside while you forget your worries.This recipe uses white rum which means it’ll go down a little too easy. Not too mention, this cocktail is drop dead gorgeous!