What better way to get your dose of antioxidants in the morning than through these delicious blueberry bread recipes?
These breakfast breads have the right amount of sweetness to balance the tartness of this berry to create the perfect morning treat!
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Learn how to make moist blueberry bread with different flavor combinations and styles to get your mornings on with this healthy and tasty berry.
Blueberry Bread Tips and FAQs
Why do blueberries sink in batter?
We can thank gravity for that. Because blueberries are denser and heavier than quick bread batter, the berries will slowly sink to the bottom. Depending on how thick the batter is, though, most breads will finish cooking before the berries make it all the way to the pan.
You’ll probably find tips online about coating your blueberries in flour before mixing them in to contain the natural moisture of the fruit and slow down the sinking, but that doesn’t actually seem to make much of a difference. You can see in side-by-side comparisons by Serious Eats that there isn’t a noticeable benefit to taking that extra step of tossing your berries in flour first.
Should you flour blueberries before baking?
A common tip you’ll find online is to toss your blueberries in some flour to absorb some of the natural juices of the berry and keep them from sinking in the batter, but side-by-side comparisons by Real Simple show that there isn’t much of a noticeable improvement.
Still, it doesn’t hurt the recipe if you do that, so feel free to do it anyway for good measure if you’d like. Just make sure that you are using the flour from the amount allocated for the recipe; if you grab extra flour just to coat the berries, you might end up with too much flour in your batter, making the loaf too dry or too dense.
Why is my blueberry bread so dense?
Blueberry bread, and any other quick bread, can get too dense for a variety of reasons:
Too much flour: When measuring out your flour, use a measuring cup designed for dry ingredients and level it off properly with a knife or other utensil with a straight edge. Also, make sure the flour isn’t packed down tightly. Loosen up the flour in your flour bag before scooping out the flour.
Leavening agent is no longer fresh: Your blueberry bread relies on baking powder or baking soda to rise, but their potency goes down over time. To check the freshness, put ½ a teaspoon of your baking powder into a few tablespoons of warm water or ½ a teaspoon of your baking soda into a few tablespoons of vinegar. If your mixture fizzes, it should be fresh enough to use for your blueberry bread.
Overmixing the batter: Mixing batter causes gluten to develop, which toughens up your bread. With quick breads, you are going for moist and fluffy rather than chewy, so try to fold your ingredients together in 10 folds or less. You can mix all the wet ingredients and all the dry ingredients in two separate bowls first, then fold them together in as few folds as possible (only until dry ingredients are moist).
Oven isn’t preheated: Because baking powder and baking soda run out of steam quickly, you want your bread to start cooking as soon as you throw it into the oven. If the oven isn’t preheated yet, your leavening agent will be weaker by the time the heat is high enough for the bread to actually bake.
Waiting too long to put batter into the oven: Baking powder and baking soda start their chemical reactions as soon as they encounter moisture, so you want to get your pan into the oven asap before the chemical reactions fade out and you lose the leavening power.
Should blueberry bread be refrigerated?
Your blueberry bread will last longest in the freezer, where it will keep for about three months. Slice the bread before freezing so you can pull out and defrost individual slices. For food safety reasons, it is not a good idea to defrost and refreeze the bread if you don’t finish it all in one sitting.
If you simply keep it on your counter, it won’t last more than a few days because the high moisture content in the blueberry bread will make it more prone to molding.
You can put it in the refrigerator to make it last about a week, but there is a greater chance that it will slowly dry out if not properly stored.
If you decide to keep your blueberry bread in the fridge or the freezer, make sure it is tightly wrapped or in an airtight container.
Tasty & Creative Blueberry Bread Recipes
Here's a simple one to make from scratch! One bowl and ingredients you probably already have in your pantry to make this yummy recipe. (via Plated Cravings)
Quick Bread from Cake Mix
This recipe is all about convenience, using an instant pudding mix and cake mix to make it a cinch. (via Fabulessly Frugal)
Breakfast Oatmeal [Vegan]
Here’s an egg-free and dairy-free breakfast bread that’s hearty, wholesome, and full of fiber and nutrition. (via Simple Veganista)
Whole Wheat [Vegan]
This plant-based blueberry bread uses ingredients like apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and peanut butter. (via Pure and Plant-Based)
This recipe does call for sour cream, but there is a dairy-free (and egg-free) variation too. (via Gluten-free on a Shoestring)
Lemon [Low-carb, Keto, Paleo]
This tart blueberry bread recipe with lemon glaze is made with almond flour and zucchini, making it a gluten-free recipe that’s friendly for low-carb diets like keto and paleo. (via Wholesome Yum)
Level up this moist, sweet classic bread loaf with the addition of blueberries. (via Dinner at the Zoo)
A quick bread that makes for a delicious breakfast treat! (via Taste and Tell)
Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberries
If you're a fan of all berries, bring 'em all to the party in your mouth with this triple berry bundt pan recipe, which uses buttermilk. (via Smitten Kitchen)
This breakfast bread is topped with shredded coconut and chopped pecans. (via The Southern Lady Cooks)
Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping
The crunchy cinnamon streusel topping is simply irresistible. (via Once Upon a Chef)
Sure, we'd say bread pudding is a type of bread. Anyway, this dessert recipe uses potato bread for the base, covered with a delicious creme anglaise. (via Ask Chef Dennis)
Ice Cream Bread
Yes, delicious bread with ice cream. Need we say more? (via Sugar and Soul)
Or how about this one with a decadent chocolate glaze? (via Mia Koppa)
Start your day right with these bread recipes with blueberries, for a nice balance of healthy and sweet to satisfy your body and taste buds.