If I could boil down to a top-five list of what I love most about summer, berries would be right up there. And in the sub-category of berries, blueberries are at the top of my list. They are indeed my favorite berry of all the berries.
Wellll, not only are they tasty and flavorful – each berry is chockfull of antioxidants and good ol’ Vitamin C – they’re also crazy healthful and versatile. To prove it, I’ve rounded up this drool-worthy list of ways for you to show the blueberry some love this summer.
1. Blueberry Muffin Larabars
Ohmahgoodness, these bars. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan AND delicious. AND they taste great on their own, or sprinkled on top of your morning oatmeal or yogurt. AND they taste like blueberry muffins. AND – OK, I’ll stop now. But for real, get at this blueberry bar.
2. Yoplait Mountain Blueberry Yogurt + Granola
Let’s face it: We get in breakfast ruts all too easily (serial oatmeal eater, party of one!). Good thing we have Yoplait blueberry yogurt to save us. It’s sweet but not too sweet, and the bits of blueberry pair oh-so-well texture-wise (and taste-wise) with your favorite granola.
3. Betty Crocker Wild Blueberry Quick Bread Mix
In case you haven’t heard, blueberry quick bread is the BUSINESS, people. Not only is it quick to make (duh), it’s also insanely yummy. I love eating a slice (or three) warm with a dollop of butter on top, but you can also top it with frozen whipped topping and more fresh berries for a fresh and decadent dessert!
4. Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix
Oh blueberry muffins, how I love thee. The smell alone reminds me of camping trips with my family, waking up early in the morning to my dad making a batch of berry-filled muffins in a Dutch oven over the fire. Nowadays, I enjoy making these muffins at home, too. You can also mix it up by adding in your favorite blueberry flavor pairings, like citrus zest, strawberries or even bacon (oh yes, it’s good stuff).
5. Cascadian Farm Frozen Blueberries
I love love love having frozen blueberries on hand for those times when a last-minute blueberry fix is in order. I’ve used them in baking for cobblers and pies, but they are also great on top of cereal or oatmeal in the morning, or even as a glaze for grilled meat. UH HUH.
And in case those ideas don’t whet your whistle, here are 10 awesome recipes that feature blueberries. (To go to recipe pages, click underlined links or photos.)
What’s your favorite way to use blueberries?
Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) might turn into a blueberry from eating so many blueberries. WORTH IT. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes!