Blueberries are not only adorable, they are considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They may be tiny but blueberries are believed to have one of the highest amounts of antioxidants among fruits, veggies, and spices. In fact, just 3½ ounces of blueberries can provide the same amount of antioxidants as five servings of broccoli or kale! Those antioxidants combat free radicals that can damage our cellular structure as well as help fight inflammation and lessen the growth of cancer cells. Blueberries also contain fiber, iron, and vitamin C and help keep our skin moist and our brain healthy. See Why You Should Be Eating More Blueberries and Raspberries and How and Why Berries Benefit Different Parts of the Body for more ways blueberries are good for you.
Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America but they are enjoyed all around the world. They are tart and juicy and the perfect summer fruit to eat raw or cooked. Having the blues is a good thing when it means enjoying a bounty of blueberries!
Here are 15 brilliant recipes that will add beautiful blueberries to your summer treats…
1. Blueberry Creamsicle Smoothie
This Blueberry Creamsicle Smoothie is so beautiful, you would never guess it’s really healthy. Between the blueberries and the chia seeds, this gorgeous purple haze is actually a superfood smoothie.
2. Baked Blueberry Donuts
Forget jelly-filled donuts. These Baked Blueberry Donuts have fresh whole blueberries running all through them. As if that wasn’t enough, more blueberries in the glaze add a sweet finishing touch.
3. Maple Creme and Mocha Spice Cake Trifle with Fresh Blueberries
This Maple Crème and Mocha Spice Cake Trifle with Fresh Blueberries is not Rachel’s trifle (remember “Friends?”). Layers of maple crème, chunks of mocha spice cake, and fresh blueberries are arranged in one rich and creamy dessert you’ll be proud to feed to your friends.
4. Blueberry Cheesecake –– Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo!
You’ll find it hard to believe that this decadent Blueberry Cheesecake is raw, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free! Dates and blueberries provide the sweetness, chewy dates, and pecans make up the base and creamy blueberry cashew cream cheese rounds it out for a beautiful and delicious dessert.
5. Blueberry Pie with a Heart-Healthy Crust
The only thing better than blueberry pie is a blueberry pie that’s actually good for you. This Blueberry Pie with a Heart-Healthy Crust has no butter, shortening or lard, yet it’s tender and full of flavor. You’ll just have to make it to believe it.
6. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles
What? Popsicles for breakfast? Yes! These Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles are a healthy breakfast turned into a fun, frozen treat. With almond milk, bananas, blueberries and granola, you can enjoy breakfast for dessert or is it dessert for breakfast? Either way, it’s incredible.
7. Fresh Blueberry Shortcake
If you have a muffin tin, you can make this Fresh Blueberry Shortcake in no time. Fresh blueberries and coconut cream fill these gluten-free shortcakes to create a stunning, elegant little dessert that everyone will swear you spent hours on.
8. Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake
This Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake has summer written all over it. Well, not literally but the creamy, sweet, and colorful layers of vanilla ice cream and berries that will refresh you on the hottest days.
9. Breakfast Parfait With Oats and Blueberry Pudding
This Breakfast Parfait with Oats and Blueberry Pudding is a special, delicious way to start the day. With chia seeds, almond milk and banana, this pudding is so creamy good you might want to have it for dessert. Go ahead, we won’t tell.
10. Vanilla Blueberry Tart
Everyone will go nuts over this Vanilla Blueberry Tart. A creamy cashew cream filling with blueberries and bananas sits on top of a walnut and date crust with even more cashew cream. It’s blueberry-licious!
11. Blueberry Salsa
Who says all summer treats have to be sweet desserts? Blueberries can be part of savory treats too. This Blueberry Salsa is made with red onion, bell peppers, red chili, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. It’s perfect with tortilla chips, tacos or served over an entrée like tofu or tempeh.
12. Fresh Blueberry Blintzes
For a healthy twist on an old classic, these Fresh Blueberry Blintzes are perfect for lunch, brunch, or anytime. These sweet crepes are filled with a vegan cream cheese and tofu ricotta and topped with fresh blueberries. Yes, please!
13. Vegan Blueberry Vanilla and White Chocolate Cupcake
Everyone loves cupcakes and these Vegan Blueberry Vanilla and White Chocolate Cupcakes will prove that. Soft and moist vanilla cake is filled with white chocolate and blueberries for a treat that is as yummy as it is adorable.
14. Vegan Banana and Blueberry Brunch Bread / Cake
Is it a bread or is it a cake? Who cares, it’s incredible! This Vegan Banana and Blueberry Brunch Bread/Cake is easy to make and filled with fresh, healthy fruit. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime.
15. Chia Pudding With Blueberries
You can make this decadent dessert while you’re sleeping. Just mix the ingredients and put it in the fridge overnight. The next day you’ll have this amazing thick and yummy Chia Pudding with Blueberries that’s so healthy, you can even have seconds.
There’s nothing like enjoying fresh fruit in the summertime. Blueberries are pretty, little jewels that are also a superfood so treat your body right and dive into these amazing summer treats. See all of our blueberry recipes here to get even more ways to use these delicious fruits of the summer!
Lead Image Photo: Fresh Blueberry Shortcake