Fruity breakfasts in general are great, but apples demand that you core and slice them and bananas have their slippery peels. 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. Or you can bake blueberry muffins ahead of time and grab-and-go for the next few days.
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 beautifully blue ideas. (But don’t forget about savory berry recipes and easy fruit desserts, either.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simple enough to make by the campfire but tasty enough to make on a Sunday morning at home, this blueberry cobbler recipe is made of just flour, butter, baking powder, buttermilk, a moderate amount of sugar, and fresh blueberries—so yes, you can totally eat it for breakfast too. Just maybe skip the ice cream in the morning (or don’t; totally up to you). Get our Blueberry Cobbler recipe.
Blueberries aren’t just soft and squishy, they can have a bit of an edge, too. This recipe pairs the dried berries up with almonds, oats, flax seed, and lemon zest for a granola that crunches and captivates with each bite. Get the Lemon Blueberry Granola recipe.
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 Quinoa Berry Breakfast Bowl recipe.
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 Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls recipe.
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 doughnut ring, that is.” So blueberry doughnuts are a no-brainer, especially with a lemon glaze. Get the Baked Blueberry Doughnuts recipe.
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 Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats recipe.
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 Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts recipe.
Reserve this easy Crock-Pot fruit butter for when your 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.