Apples demand that you core and slice them and bananas have their slippery peels, but blueberries only ask that you love them as they are. The indigo fruits can easily be dumped into a batter, blended into a smoothie, or plopped onto a breakfast bowl with no extra legwork, perfect for those lazy, early morning meals put together while you’re still gathering your wits and senses. Now that blueberries are reaching their sweetest summer peak, it’s time to explore all the ways you can incorporate them into your breakfast routine. Here are 15 tried, true, and blue ideas.
1. Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Sunday mornings somehow feel a little bit more complete with a stack of blueberry buttermilk pancakes. We like to sprinkle the berries onto each pancake as they cook, ensuring that no one cake gets shorted. Get our Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes recipe.
2. Ultimate Blueberry Muffins
Store-bought blueberry muffins tend to be all cake and not enough blueberry. This recipe rights those wrongs by not only jam packing each muffin full of berries, but also by adding a crisp streusel crumb on top to keep things lively. Get our Ultimate Blueberry Muffins recipe.
3. Blueberry Cornbread Muffins
When you add blueberries to cornbread muffins, it’s almost as if the jam is baked right in. Serve these puppies warm with some salted butter. Get our Blueberry Cornbread Muffins recipe.
4. Whole-Wheat-and-Almond Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
Or if you think that most blueberry muffins are all fluff and sweetness, these will suggest otherwise. With whole wheat flour and coarsely chopped almonds in the batter, they’ve got a rugged texture and rounded nuttiness to them. Get our Whole-Wheat-and-Almond Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping recipe.
5. Blueberry-Spice Coffee Cake
Choosing between blueberry muffins or coffee cake while staring at the pastry case is an impossibly hard decision, the hardest one you might make before you’ve had your morning latte. But these cakes let you have it both ways—call it a win, not a compromise. Get our Blueberry-Spice Coffee Cake recipe.
6. Gluten-Free Banana-Blueberry Waffles
Good waffles have a crackly, crisp exterior, which this gluten-free batter aces with ease. A schmear of butter that melts into the crevices will make the blueberries’ little bursts of sweetness all the more easy to enjoy. Get our Gluten-Free Banana-Blueberry Waffles recipe.
7. Bircher Muesli with Apple and Blueberries
Greet your morning the Swiss way: muesli calls for soaking your oats in apple juice overnight. When you wake up, you'll have tender and sweet nubs that are practically swelling with fruity flavor. This recipe ups the sweet ante by swirling it with a jammy blueberry sauce and caramelized almonds. Get the recipe here.
8. Blueberry Pecan Granola
Blueberries aren’t just soft and squishy, they can have a bit of an edge, too. This recipe pairs the dried berries up with pecans and oats, for a granola that crunches with each bite. Get the recipe here.
9. Quinoa Berry Breakfast Bowl
Chock full of protein, quinoa is a healthful and energizing food to start off the day with. You might know it mostly as a savory staple, but blueberries and chocolate can help coax it over to the sweet side. Get the recipe here.
10. Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls
When these rolls go in the oven, they’re mere swaths of pale dough with fresh blueberries tucked between the layers. But when they come out, they’re golden spirals with succulent indigo juice seeping from the crevices—how’s that for a total transformation? Get the recipe here.
11. Baked Blueberry Doughnuts
Someone famous once said, “if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it.” But when it comes to food, at least, the saying should be, “if you like it then you should put it into a ring—a donut ring, that is.” Get the recipe here.
12. Blueberry Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding might just be the best way to feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast while actually keeping it extra healthy. This recipe calls for soaking the seeds overnight, meaning that you can puree a bit of fruit (like blueberries) into the soaking liquid, for an extra sweet emphasis. Get the recipe here.
13. Blueberry Pop Tarts
Making your own pop tarts with real fruit means that these pockets are actually bursting with jammy flavor, the kind that gushes and oozes in all the right ways. Get the recipe here.
14. Blueberry Smoothie
You could call this blueberries and triple cream: this smoothie get luxuriantly rich from the addition of yogurt, milk, and avocado. Get the recipe here.
15. Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter
Save this butter for when you’re blueberry addiction gets so all-encompassing that you can’t help but plop or spread blueberries on anything and everything (although we’d suggest starting off with toast or swirling it into yogurt). Get our Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter recipe.
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.