Ideas for Blueberries

The blueberry is not a stand-alone fruit. (any Ron & Fez fans out there?)  I actually agree with that statement. Sometimes when I’m washing my blueberries, I’ll pop a few in my mouth, but that’s it.  Last week, I bought a massive amount of blueberries, 6 pints!  I thought it’d be fun to show you what I do with blueberry abundance.

Have you ever made cream soda?  This blueberry coconut cream soda is really easy, and really good.

Mash blueberries with sugar (I’ve switched to organic cane sugar, that’s why it’s light brown in color)

blueberries w/ sugar

then start assembling.  Blueberry mash, some ice cubes, a bit of coconut milk, and top it off with club soda.

mashed berriesice

coconut milkclub soda

Give it a stir and enjoy.  If there’s such a thing as a healthy soda, this may qualify.

cream soda in glass

You could also make them ahead of time.  Mix everything (skip the ice) into a cute half pint mason jar.  Seal and stick in the fridge for later.

cream soda in jars

Blueberry Coconut Cream Soda – adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ice
  • coconut milk
  • club soda or carbonated water

In a small bowl, combine blueberries and sugar. Coarsely mash using a pastry blender or fork.

Place 1/3 cup of mashed berries in each of 3 glasses (or mason jars*). To each glass, add ice, 2 tbsp. coconut milk, and 1/2 – 2/3 cup club soda. Stir and serve.

* if using half pint mason jars, omit ice & only add 1/2 cup club soda

Yield – 3 small drinks

Just like lots of bananas = banana bread, lots of blueberries = blueberry muffins.

lemon blueberry muffins in pan

My awesome vegan friend (hi Ewelina!) sent me a recipe for vegan lemon blueberry muffins.  I made a few minor substitutions, and was super pleased with the results.

lemon blueberry muffin overview

lemon blueberry muffin side view

These guys were so light and fluffy.  Honestly, no one will guess they’re butter & egg free.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins – adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen, do not thaw)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease your muffin tins (I used coconut oil).

In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, and zest.
In another medium bowl (or 2-4 cup measuring cup), whisk the sugar, milk, oil, vinegar and extract.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the wet into the dry. Stir until the ingredients are just blended (some lumps are ok). Gently fold in the berries using a rubber spatula.

Using a scoop, fill muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake until the tops are lightly browned and a tester comes out clean (about 20 min.) Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 min. before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield – 12 muffins

If you’re like me and bought 6 pints, you’re most likely going to be freezing a lot of them.  Frozen blueberries can be used in smoothies, oatmeal (when it gets cool again :P), waffles, and baking.  They’ll last about 6 months in a freezer bag, but far longer (a year or more) if you vacuum seal them.

food saverfood saver in action

I mentioned using frozen blueberries in waffles, but how about using them for a jazzed up maple syrup.

lemon blueberry syrup

Really really delicious topping for waffles.  I added lemon zest for some brightness, and loved the result.

Lemon Blueberry Maple Syrup – adapted from Oh, Ladycakes

1 cup frozen blueberries
6 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. lemon zest
 

Bring 1/2 cup of the blueberries, the maple syrup, and zest to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Cook for 4-5 min. then strain the cooked blueberries from the syrup.  Add the remaining blueberries to the syrup, stir, and let sit for 10 min. to allow the berries to thaw.

Yield – 2 servings

ps – this is also yummy swirled into plain yogurt

Still looking for more ways to use your blueberries?

Try out Allie’s Blueberry, Shiitake + Walnut Salad.  This has become one of my summer staples.

Blueberry, Shiitake + Walnut Salad
If you want a heartier muffin, try these Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins.
single OBA muffin
Or use your frozen blueberries in this Pink Paradise Smoothie.
side view
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23 thoughts on “Ideas for Blueberries

  1. So many ideas here! I am going to make the blueberry coconut cream soda. I know it must be amazing. And we still have loads and loads of blueberries at the market. Buying 6 pints sounds like something I would do! The blueberry lemon maple syrup sounds great too. Your photographs are lovely in this post.

  2. I used to pick wild blueberries every summer when i was a kid and only half would make it back home but those are some great ways to use up the remaining half. Thanks for the name dropping; I’m honored. 

  3. Wowie, all of your blueberry recipes look so yummy! I’m DEFINITELY going to make your blueberry coconut cream soda soon, that’s a truly inspired recipe. :)

  4. Great blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your
    host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as
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  5. Thank you for sharing these great ideas Kelly. I’m definitely making those gorgeous muffins :) Just also want to tell you that I love your blog theme. Very simple, clean and elegant.

    • the muffins are really great, lemme know if you make them. Thanks for the compliment, I’m very plain jane, so the simple blog theme is definitely a reflection of me :)

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