In 2003, the United States Department of Agriculture proclaimed July National Blueberry Month! Trust me, it's a real thing, and it makes sense: Blueberries are at peak season right now, which means they're cheap and delicious. Plus, they've got great health benefits since they are high in antioxidants and packed with Vitamin C. They can also help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease!
Visit your local farmers market or grocery store and pick up a package of the sweet berries. Although they'll probably be delectable by themselves, you can also whip up some tasty desserts. After all, now is the most cost-effective time to try your hand at a blueberry pie or cobbler.
Here are some tried and true recipes recommended by bakers around the internet. Which one will you try?
Stacy from Wicked Good Kitchen claims to have created a recipe for the "best ever" blueberry cobbler, and her readers seem to agree. It takes about an hour and a half to whip up, but it feeds quite a few people and is more than worth the time. There's also a gluten-free recipe you can use, so pretty much everyone can enjoy this delicious creation. Visit Stacy's website for the directions.
Easy Blueberry Jam
Lexi posted a recipe on her popular blog, Lexi's Clean Kitchen, for a jam that you can make in less than twenty minutes. By creating your own fresh jam, you'll avoid the nasty preservatives and additional sugars that come in most store-bought ones. Plus, jam always tastes better when it's freshly made, so what's not to love?
Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake
There's almost nothing better than waking up to a melty breakfast cake packed with gooey berries, and Chef in Training has the perfect recipe for a mouthwatering blueberry creation. With buttermilk, vanilla, and a hint of lemon, this cake will have people oohing and awing at your next brunch event.
Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
If you've got an hour to spare, these bars are a delicious way to celebrate National Blueberry Month. Fiona at Just So Tasty posted a recipe that is a delicious combination of buttery shortbread, fresh blueberries, and crunchy crumbles. Pair the bars with a bit of vanilla ice cream and you've got yourself a perfect summer dessert. Visit Fiona's website for a step-by-step baking guide.
Blueberry Pancake Bites
If you've got hungry kids in the morning, they'll gobble up this fun breakfast created by Jen at Cincy Shopper. You can make them the morning of or you can bake some in advance and freeze them for hectic mornings in the future. Heat them up, add a splash of maple syrup, and voila! The perfect breakfast for little ones. Or adults (we don't shame).
Super Moist Blueberry Bread Pudding
You might have tried bread pudding, but have you had one that's exploding with blueberry flavor? Manuela posted a recipe on her blog that is easy to follow and will help you create a dish that warms your whole body. Visit Cooking With Manuela for a typed guide, as well as a helpful video.
A Classic Blueberry Pie
If you're in the mood for a traditional blueberry dish, Blueberry Council has an easy-to-follow guide on creating a simple pie. Sometimes, the best desserts are the simplest, right? You really can't go wrong this one.