July is a great month to hit the beach, soak up some sun … and eat blueberries! That’s right, July is National Blueberry Month, when the antioxidant-packed super-berries are at their prime. We doubt you’ll need any reason other than deliciousness to include blueberries in as many meals and desserts as you can, but you can feel great about loading up on them knowing that they help fight cancer and slow down your skin’s aging, among other health benefits. So go ahead and make this fruit the star of your summer by cooking up seven of our favorite blueberry recipes.
1. Blueberry Crumb Bars
There’s no way you can go wrong with a classic crumble. Light, moist and perfectly portioned, these crumb bars are the ideal grab-and-go treat. Get the recipe from Baker by Nature here.
2. Baked Lemon Blueberry Doughnuts
These doughnuts marry blueberry sweetness and citrusy lemon, resulting in tangy excellence. Glazed with lemon, notes of blueberry are complemented with a zesty kick. Although unconventional, these doughnuts just might be the perfect pairing for your morning coffee. Get the recipe from The Recipe Rebel here.
3. Fresh Berry Salad
Set the stage for a delicious entrée with a refreshing salad. For its low prep time, this salad boasts a surprising medley of flavors. Get the recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff here.
4. Honey Coconut Chia Pudding
Who says dessert has to be unhealthy? This chia seed pudding is not only delicious but also packed with nutrition. Based on your preferences, you can choose what milk to soak the seeds in and top it with your favorite berries. Get the recipe from Mommy’s Home Cooking here.
5. Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes
What better way to start off the day than with a stack of decadent pancakes? With ricotta cheese folded into the batter, these pancakes prove themselves to be equal parts rich, moist and delicious. Get the recipe from Betsylife here.
6. Berry Crostini With Whipped Goat Cheese
Feeling fancy? Slathered with goat cheese and topped with fresh berries, these crostini are the perfect combination of minimal meal prep and sophistication. Get the recipe from Damn Delicious here.
7. Red, White and Blueberry Trifle
Pies and cakes can start to feel repetitive. Break the monotony with this fresh berry trifle. Running out of time? You can use a store-bought angel food cake rather than bake one from scratch. Get the recipe from Skinnytaste here.
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