Tasty alternatives to tossing out extra berries!
I love blueberries, whether I’m just snacking on them or cooking with them, but it seems like every time I bring fresh blueberries home, I can never finish them and they eventually get thrown out.
It’s not that I suddenly decide I don’t like blueberries, I just sort of forget about them when I don’t have any plans for them.
I know I’m not the only one with this problem. You buy some fresh produce, having all these delicious plans for it, and then end up trashing it two weeks later. Well no more!
These recipes are an easy and delicious way to use up those leftover blueberries instead of letting them go bad. I’ve found them useful and I hope you will too!
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Absolutely my favorite way to use up leftover blueberries is to bake me up some blueberry muffins. I especially like this recipe because they use up leftover cream cheese in addition to the blueberries. Got to love resourceful recipes like that!
- 2 cups cake flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- Preheat oven to 350° F and line the cups of a muffin tin with paper liners.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well and set aside.
- Beat cream cheese, lemon juice, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended. Stir in melted butter and mix until smooth. Mix in milk.
- Add dry ingredients and stir until all dry is incorporated. Fold the berries into the batter.
- Pour an equal amount of batter into each muffin cup and bake for 30 minutes.
Simple Blueberry Sauce
Making a sauce is a great way to prolong the life of those leftover blueberries. You can use this simple blueberry sauce atop your favorite breakfast or dessert, from pancakes and waffles, to cake and ice cream!
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Wash and crush blueberries and place them in a in a small saucepan. Add sugar, lemon juice and salt and mix well.
- Bring blueberry mixture to a boil. Boil 1 minute and then remove from heat. Then add vanilla.
- Chill and serve over puddings, cake, or ice cream.
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
If you thought oatmeal raisin cookies were good, just wait until you get a hold of one of these tempting treats! And because they have oatmeal in them, they’re healthy enough to eat for breakfast, right?
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and honey, mix well. Stir in dry ingredients and finally, the blueberries.
- Place small balls of dough on parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350° for about 8-10 minutes, until golden on the edges. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.