These blueberry recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth
Blueberries are delicious and nutrient-packed fruits that work well in so many dishes, from healthy breakfasts to indulgent desserts. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, blueberries boast several health benefits, such as reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and protection against cancer.
Here are some of our favourite vegan blueberry recipes to help you incorporate more of these sweet, succulent fruits into your diet all year round. Below, we also share some tips on storing blueberries to keep them fresh and how to freeze them.
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Healthy Blueberry Recipes
Colourful meals are the best meals and this vibrant smoothie bowl by Wunda is sure to brighten up your day. Made with frozen fruit, plant milk and dragon fruit powder, it’s an easy and nutritious breakfast or brunch you can make in minutes.
As well as giving you two of your five a day, the smoothie bowl is a great source of protein and fibre. Why not top it up with more of your favourite fruits and seeds to boost your nutrient intake even further?
You can’t go wrong with oats for breakfast, as they’re full of fibre, B vitamins, iron and other important minerals. When you have a little extra time in the morning, give your oatmeal a simple upgrade by baking it for 25 minutes.
Only a few ingredients are needed to make this budget-friendly oatmeal (including frozen blueberries), so you can still eat healthily without breaking the bank.
Why rely on store-bought snacks when you can make your own? These delicious granola bars by Indigo Herbs have plenty of natural sweetness from the date syrup and desiccated coconut, and they’re also a source of plant-based protein, fibre and healthy fats.
Whether you’re in need of post-workout fuel, snacks for a picnic or something to get you through the workday, these granola bars come in handy.
Is there anything better than fluffy pancakes? These banana and blueberry pancakes by Flora Freedom are easy to make, even if you’re not a pro in the kitchen. Blueberries are ideal for taking plain pancakes to the next level.
You’ll only need a few kitchen basics to whip up these pancakes, so this is a recipe you can make on a budget. Top them with a generous amount of maple syrup and the remaining fresh blueberries.
This low-sugar berry smoothie by Alpro is a refreshing treat to enjoy any day of the week. Only five ingredients are needed for this quick and nutritious recipe, including soya milk, dairy-free yoghurt and frozen berries.
If you’re battling with some sugary cravings, the drizzle of date syrup adds some natural sweetness, while the berries provide a tart and fruity flavour.
Blueberry Dessert Recipes
This vegan blueberry lemon cheesecake by Laura Hemmington is a decadent dessert you can make for any occasion. If vegan baking isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry – it’s a no-bake recipe so you can’t mess it up!
The tart lemon flavor is perfectly balanced by the kick of the blueberries and the crust is made with rolled oats. Free from refined sugar and oil, this healthy cheesecake is light and not too rich.
When the hot weather hits, you’ll be rushing to make these homemade lollipops by All About Vegan Food. This is one of our favourite vegan blueberry recipes because it’s a refreshing treat that packs in hidden fruit and veggies (you’d never know there’s spinach in there).
These lollipops are a great way to use up fresh blueberries during the summer and they’ll be popular with kids and adults alike. You can even customise them by adding different fruits and veggies of your choice to create some interesting flavour combinations.
Enjoy a taste of nostalgia with these blueberry wagon wheels by Nourishing Amy. All the components of the perfect wagon wheel are present in this recipe: the soft biscuit layer, tart blueberry jam, fluffy coconut marshmallow and a thick outer layer of chocolate.
Although it requires some time to get these just right, it’s well worth the wait. The recipe makes 12 wagon wheels which can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to seven days (that’s if you don’t eat them all at once).
Do you have an upcoming occasion that requires something extra special? Check out these chocolate blueberry love hearts by Trinity’s Kitchen. This recipe calls for heart-shaped moulds, but you can use any shape you like.
Making your own vegan chocolate at home is a lot of fun and the finished result can be a thoughtful gift for birthdays or weddings.
Now here’s a summer pud you won’t be able to get enough of. This vegan blueberry layered dessert is the gift that keeps on giving. The layers include a blueberry compote, rich tofu cream and a topping of flaked almonds or nuts of your choice.
You’ll need at least two hours to prepare this dessert in advance of occasions like parties or barbecues, but your guests will love it.
When are blueberries in season in the UK?
In the UK, blueberries are in season from July to early September. The peak season is usually in July and August. If you want to buy ripe blueberries at their best, look for plumpness and a deep blue colour.
However, you can still buy blueberries out of season in the supermarkets and frozen fruit can be used in plenty of recipes.
Why are blueberries good for you?
Blueberries are a good source of fibre, manganese, vitamin C and Vitamin K. According to Dr Michael Greger, founder of NutritionFacts.org, berries offer almost 10 times more antioxidants than other fruits and veggies, which can help protect against cancer.
Numerous studies have also shown the role blueberries can play in reducing blood pressure, preventing heart disease and aiding brain function.
Dr Michael Greger suggests eating one serving of berries such as blueberries, strawberries or blackberries everyday to make the most of their health benefits. Check out the Daily Dozen checklist for more information.
How to store blueberries
To keep blueberries fresher for longer, refrigerate them in the original packaging or use another container with good air flow. Before putting them in the fridge, remove any that are starting to look fuzzy or mouldy. They should stay fresh for around a week.
Can you freeze blueberries?
Yes, you can freeze blueberries when ripe and save them for future use. First, wash the blueberries and remove any stems. Then, spread them out evenly on some baking paper and freeze them for a few hours.
Remove them from the baking paper and put them into a freezer-safe container or bag. Return them to the freezer where they’ll last for up to 10 months.
If a recipe requires frozen blueberries, you don’t need to thaw them first, but if it calls for fresh berries, thaw them overnight in the fridge or use the defrost setting on the microwave. The texture won’t be the same as fresh berries, but they’ll still taste good.