Summer days stretch long and lazy, making them the perfect opportunity to experiment with recipes and try new dishes. And what better food to be the center of all those flavor adventures than the blueberry? The sweet blue-violet berries come into abundance in the summertime, and picking your own is a fabulous family activity. So once you’ve stocked up, put them to work! Food52 put together a list of their best blueberry recipes, and it inspired us to do the same. Check out our favorites.
- Best Blueberry Muffin
When most people hear “blueberry,” they automatically think “muffin!” If you do the same, make sure your muffins are as delicious as possible with this ultimate recipe.
- Blueberry Mini Donuts
Prefer to start your day with doughnuts? You can still get a dose of blueberries, with these miniature baked doughnuts made with a delicious glaze . . .
- Oven-Baked Blueberry Doughnuts
. . . or these simple ones spiked with vanilla flavor.
- Old Glory Berry Pie
What could be a better way to enjoy summer blueberries than in a patriotic pie?! The pairing with the strawberries is totally tasty, and while the pie is picturesque, it’s also quite simple.
- Mini Blueberry Pies
Don’t feel up to that flag design but still want to have fun with pies? Try shrinking them! These mini ones are an easy shot of blueberry-filled goodness . . .
- Blueberry Lemon Flower Tarts
. . . and these adorable lemon curd tarts gain an extra bit of delight when simply topped with blueberries.
- No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake
In the heat of summer, nobody wants to turn on her oven. Luckily, blueberries are the perfect topper for a no-bake cheesecake like this one! And the blueberry-cheesecake fun continues . . .
- Berry Cheesecake Bars
. . . with party-ready berry cheesecake bars . . .
- Grilled Blueberry Cheesecake
. . . and – you read that correctly – grilled cheesecake. There’s no better treat for a cook-out than this one.
- Yogurt Gummies
If your kids love gummy candies but you fear the ingredients in the ones from the store, put your fears to rest by making your own with gelatin, yogurt and, of course, fresh blueberries.
- Blueberry Banana Cake
One of our favorite things about blueberries is how well they pair with other fruits. Exhibit A? This cake, which takes a basic banana cake to the next level.
- Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Prefer your blueberry cake without other fruits crowding out its flavor? Try this buttermilk breakfast version that makes starting your day a treat.
- Blueberry Sweet Rolls
Go sweeter, you say? We hear you! These sweet rolls are special-occasion-ready, with blueberry filling and a sweet vanilla-lemon glaze.
- Blueberry Pastries
Sometimes all you need is a pastry wrapped around sweet blueberries. When it’s that time, THIS recipe is the one you need.
- Blueberry Soup
Not all blueberry recipes have to involve baking a sweet treat! They can be savory too, like this soup. Yes, soup; it’s a traditional Scandinavian dish!
- Pickled Blueberries
Are your fresh-picked blueberries reaching the end of their lives? Pickle them and top them with sprigs of rosemary for a one-of-a-kind snack.
- Blueberry Compote Crepes
Start your day with a dish that’s both simple and special. These crepes are filled with lemon curd that perfectly balances out the colorful blueberry compote topper.
- Blueberry Galette
We fell in love with galettes this summer, and blueberries are the perfect filling for the classic flat pastry. This one’s made with a rosemary crust that pairs perfectly with the sweet berry filling.
- Berry Summer Pudding
This simple pudding might be short on ingredients – you only need berries, sugar, and white sandwich bread, of all things! – but it’s tall on incredible taste.
So many beautiful blueberry options! If you picked ALL the blueberries and need even more ideas, be sure to check out this collection of recipes from Food52. How do you like to enjoy fresh-picked blueberries? Which one of these recipes will you try first?