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This lemon blueberry bread is bright, fresh, flavorful, and so fun! Fresh blueberries and lemon zest bake together into a tender, moist loaf. With a crumb that practically melts in your mouth, it is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert!

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This lemon blueberry bread is a perfect treat for any occasion. Bursting with fresh blueberries and a strong lemon flavor, it’s a delicious way to start your day or satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth. This recipe makes a yummy quick bread that is super moist and tasty! The blueberry frosting is unique and flavorful. You can enjoy it for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert.

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It is perfect to have with a cup of coffee or tea. The mix of blueberry and lemon tastes delicious together. You can whip up this bread quickly, making it great for special occasions like brunches, tea parties, birthdays, or baby showers.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This homemade lemon blueberry bread is soft and fluffy!
  • The lemon and blueberry flavors go so well together.
  • In addition, the blueberry frosting adds a touch of sweetness.
  • This quick bread is great for springtime, Easter, Mother’s Day, and summertime.
  • Serve any time of the day!
  • Great for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack, or dessert.
  • Check out this Raspberry Bread for another easy bread recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutes for this lemon blueberry bread. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe.

For the best flavor, use fresh lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.

We limit our sugar intake, but this bread uses a little granulated sugar.

For this recipe, use white whole wheat flour. If you are gluten free, gluten free flour also works well.

Baking soda helps leaven this bread.

A little sea salt helps to balance the tartness and sweetness.

Use unsalted butter. It should be slightly soft to the touch, but not melted.

Three eggs help bind the bread batter together.

Use any type of milk to help thin out the batter.

Use fresh blueberries. Do not use frozen berries. Frozen blueberries will thaw and become very juicy and watery.

For the frosting, we mixed our homemade vanilla frosting with our homemade blueberry jam. Stir until creamy.

Ingredients for lemon blueberry bread.

Taste & Texture

Lemon Blueberry Bread is both refreshing and comforting.

The zest from the lemons gives it a light, bright flavor, while the blueberries burst with sweetness in every bite.

The bread’s texture is tender and moist, making it a true pleasure to eat.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch by 4 inch bread loaf pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest, sugar, white whole wheat flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Stir until combined.

White wheat flour in bowl.

Step 3

Using a hand mixer, add in the softened butter. Mix until crumbly and until no large clumps of butter remain.

Creamed butter in bowl.

Step 4

Then, add in the eggs, fresh lemon juice, and milk. Stir together.

Yellow batter in mixing bowl.

Step 5

Toss the blueberries in 1 tablespoon of white whole wheat flour. Then, carefully fold them into the batter.

Fresh blueberries in bowl.

Step 6

Transfer the bread batter into the lined pan. Smooth into an even layer.

Step 7

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the bread to fully cool before making the homemade frosting.

Baked lemon berry loaf.

Step 8

Finally, once the lemon blueberry bread has cooled, make the vanilla frosting. Combine the vanilla frosting and jam in a small bowl. Frost, slice, and serve!

Creamy blueberry frosting.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best lemon blueberry bread.

For the best taste and texture, use fresh blueberries that are firm and plump.

Don’t skimp on the zest; it’s essential for that vibrant lemon flavor.

Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread; if it comes out clean, it’s ready.

Let the bread cool in the pan for a brief period, then transfer to a wire rack for complete cooling.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Here are some fun ways to flavor your lemon blueberry bread.

Add texture with a handful of chopped pecans or walnuts.

Mix in raspberries or blackberries along with blueberries for a more robust berry flavor.

Swap lemon zest for orange or lime zest for a different citrus flavor.

Top your finished bread with a simple lemon glaze made from lemon juice and organic powdered sugar.

Pieces of berry loaf.

How to Serve & Store

To enjoy Lemon Blueberry Bread, slice it up and serve as is or toast it lightly and spread with a bit of butter or cream cheese.

We love serving this bread for breakfast with eggs or for brunch with crispy hash browns.

If you have leftovers, store them at room temperature for up to four days or freeze for longer storage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use bottled lemon juice?

Fresh is best, but you can use bottled in a pinch. Just avoid brands with added preservatives.

What if my blueberries are sour?

When they bake, they will become sweeter.

Can I use another type of berry?

Sure, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries all work well.

Slice of lemon blueberry bread.

Equipment Needed

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: These parchment paper sheets prevent sticking and make clean up easy!

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: We love these glass measuring cups.

Bread Pan: We use this bread pan every time we bake this blueberry lemon bread!

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