Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Chef Mireille
This Blueberry Bread is a healthier quick bread recipe made with whole wheat flour and jam packed with fresh blueberries. All of the juicy blueberries results in a super tender and moist quick bread. Infused with cardamom, this is going to become one of your favorite recipes whenever you need a treat, with just enough sweetness.
Using less sugar, this Blueberry Bread is perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee. You won’t feel guilty as can occur with overly sweet breakfasts.
This is one of the most delicious Blueberry Quick Bread Recipes every – especially if you are a fan of sweet, juicy fresh blueberries.
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A few years ago, I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner with about a dozen attendees. It’s been a while since I did a traditional Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. You would think I did enough cooking for 2 days in preparation for the event. However, my friend, her mom and 2 kids were spending the whole Thanksgiving weekend with me. It was the perfect opportunity to make some extra sweets and let the kids eat the calories. I had bought lots of fruits to serve as snacks, in anticipation of the kids spending the weekend. One carton of blueberries was at hand to make this quick bread.
When I set to start baking, I realized I had all but a 1/2 cup of flour in my all purpose flour bin. Everyone was inside my cozy apartment watching movies – the kids in the bedroom and the adults in the living room – and no one, myself included, wanted to go outside in the cold to get flour. Luckily, I had whole wheat pasty flour.
Pastry flour is a high starch low protein flour which yields a very tender crumb in cakes, cookies and quick breads. This is a great whole wheat substitute for all purpose flour as you cannot tell the difference between this and 100% APF cakes. It is not dense like whole wheat cakes/cookies can often be, but light, fluffy and tender. If you don’t have access to pastry flour, you can also substitute 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 cake flour, however it wont be a 100% wheat cake as this one is.
This bread is just sweet enough for a dessert, but also not overly sweet so it can also serve as a breakfast treat. Great for long holiday weekends.
Although I made this during the holiday season, this is also a tasty bread to whip up when summer blueberries are in season. It will be so delicious with farm fresh blueberries.
If you have extra blueberries in your fridge, here are some other blueberry treats you can easily whip up!
- Kiwi Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Pie
- Blueberry Chia Jam
- Double Blueberry Bran Muffins
- Banana Blueberry Multi Grain Pancakes
- Rosemary Blueberry Corn Muffins
- Blueberry Popovers
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones
Now before we get to the recipe, here are a few suggestions for variations and tips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make it with frozen blueberries?
Yes. You can use frozen blueberries, however defrost them and let them sit in a collander for at least 15 minutes to drain any excess liquid.
If I bake them as blueberry muffins in a muffin tin, how long should they bake for?
When baked in a standard muffin tin, it should take about 30-35 minutes to bake.
Are there any alternatives if I don’t have plain yogurt?
You can also use sour cream or Greek Yogurt. If using Greek yogurt, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Are there any variations?
Yes. You can use different spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and/or ginger.
Turn it into delicious lemon blueberry bread by adding the zest and fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon. This will add some brightness to the flavor.
Ingredients for Healthy Blueberry Bread
- whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose flour)
- baking powder
- ground cardamom
- firmly packed brown sugar
- plain yogurt
- vanilla extract
- fresh blueberries
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How to Make Delicious Blueberry Bread Recipe
- Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake, using loaf pan or mini loaf pan tin.
- Alternately, you can use this same recipe to make Easy Blueberry Muffins.
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Full of berry flavor, these are very moist and tender breads. se are very moist and tender breads.
With extra batter, you can also use this batter as a muffin recipe. Just use a muffin tin instead of the mini loaf pan I used. This recipe is essentially a blueberry muffin bread – a muffin batter baked in a loaf pan for a super easy Blueberry Bread Recipe.
Blueberry Cardamom Bread
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- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour.
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ½ cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Spray cooking spray in 1 loaf pan or mini loaf pans and muffin tins as desired.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and sugar. Mix to combine.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract. Whisk until well blended.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries.
- Transfer to prepared baking pan and cook until a toothpick/knife inserted comes out clean.
- The baking time will vary depending which sized baking vessel you use.
- Mini loaves will take 35 minutes. Micro mini muffins will take 20 minutes.
- To test doneness, stick a tester into the center of the loaf to make sure it comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool. To remove from pans, flip pan over on a plate. Bang the back of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the moist cakes. They should then slip out.
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Such a gorgeous bread, blueberry and cardamom wow, what a fabulous combo. Absolutely lovely combo.
thanks – yes the two flavors do compliment each other
The blueberry cake with cardamom sounds perfect. Glad you had whole wheat pastry flour to make the cakes.
Interesting to make the bread with pastry flour , blueberries and cardamom sound like a unique combo , making the bread flavourful .
they work well together the two flavors yes cardamom elevates the flavor!
The cake looks stunning Mir, and baking in that portion is so easy for portion control right..very nice one!
this bread looks amazing!lovely addition of yogurt and brown sugar too.
thanks – yes it is a healthier option especially for kids – the kids I had visiting me gobbled it up!
What a beautiful bread. The cardomom sounds amazing with blueberries, and the yogurt must make it so moist. Yum!
yes it is a very soft and moist bread
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Just look at all those blueberries bleeding into the bread! The bread doesn’t seem to be missing the apf at all…
no not at all – whole wheat pastry flour is such a good substitute and healthier in the ww version
Sam | Ahead of Thyme
Yum, this looks delicious and so pretty! Will need to try this.
I am sure you will love it!
I love using cardamom in baking. This recipe looks amazing.
yes its one of my favorite flavors – such an intoxicating flavor and aroma
I never thought of combining cardamom with blueberries but I can see how these two can become best friends. Your bread sounds intriguing!
the two flavors compliment each other well
The bread looks amazing with those fresh blueberries. Hope this tastes as good with the dried ones.
I am sure it would taste good with dried ones too but I would reconstitute them by soaking first in water or orange juice for even more flavor
Such a beautiful bread Mir! I love blueberries and sadly we don’t get it here. In case I find one[very rarely happens], the price gives me a heart attack! I wish I could have a bite of this cake!
so sad that something so delicious comes at a price so dear to you guys. But you can substitute strawberries or other berries you might get
so sad but I guess because it is not regional to the area it must come from far – they should start cultivating it – I think it would grow in northern India
Such a pretty loaf mir! though i bake with WWF, i have not tried with whole wheat pastry flour, never know whether i can get it here! Love the addition of cardamom and that beautiful color the berries render to the bake! simply stunning!
thanks – yes pastry flour yields very tender products so is perfect for cakes and sweet breads
Such moist and delicious looking cake. Doesn’t look like it’s made with wholewheat flour.
yes – using pastry flour makes all the difference
any fruit based quick bread perks me at breakfast or snack time ! this addition of blueberries is enticing…
yes this fruity bread is a great pick me up 🙂