Lemon Blueberry Bread {Quick Bread Recipe}

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Lemon Blueberry Bread – with a tangy lemon flavor, and studded with juicy blueberries, this quick bread is unbelievable! Enjoy a slice any time of day.

 lemon blueberry bread title photo

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Blueberries are nearly impossible to grow here in Utah, so fresh blueberries usually cost a pretty penny. But my local grocery store had flats of blueberries on sale last week, so we have been enjoying blueberries for days!

My son has been whipping up smoothies almost every morning, so I knew I’d better get baking before all the blueberries were gone.

loaves of lemon blueberry bread on a cooling rack

I enjoy blueberries in just about any form, but I really love them paired with lemon. Such a fresh and tasty combination, don’t you agree?

loaf of lemon blueberry bread sliced

Lemon blueberry bread is so simple to make, you don’t even need to pull out a mixer. Just a simple whisk and mixing bowls will do the job.

The hardest part is zesting your lemon, but if you have a great lemon zester even that job is a snap!

 moist and delicious lemon blueberry bread on a white platter

I really do prefer to use fresh blueberries in baked goods because they turn out so much prettier. Frozen berries tend to leave swirls in the bread. But that doesn’t affect the flavor, so if all you have is frozen berries, don’t sweat it.

Every bite of this bread is loaded with lemon flavor and berries. I kept the leftovers in an airtight container and they were great for a couple days.

stack of slices of lemon bread with blueberries

This bread was actually supposed to have a lemon glaze, but when I went into my food storage room I discovered we were out of powdered sugar. Honestly, my family didn’t miss it, and I felt a little better about them eating it for breakfast the next day. 😉

Of course, the glaze does add an extra burst of lemon flavor, and makes the bread even more decadent, so if you have powdered sugar, go for it!

 simple lemon blueberry bread

Tips for making Blueberry Lemon Bread:

– I’ve tried this recipe in a large loaf pan, but I had much better success with the mini loaf pans.
-Spray your pans well, and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Nothing is more frustrating than a loaf that sticks to the pan and breaks when you try to take it out.
-As with all lemon recipes, the great flavor comes from lemon zest. I stock up on lemons when they are on sale, zest and juice them, and freeze the zest and juice so I always have it on hand.
-Tossing the berries with flour helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the loaf. It also helps keep frozen berries from streaking your batter.
-Don’t over-mix after you add the dry ingredients, or you may end up with a tough loaf.

Lemon Blueberry Bread collage

Love blueberries? Here are a few more recipes to check out:

Orange Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Pancakes
Blueberry Dump Cake
Blueberry Ice Cream

To see all my quick bread recipes, click HERE.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Yield: 3 mini loaves

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread
Moist and flavorful lemon bread studded with juicy blueberries.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp flour for tossing berries
  • Optional glaze: 3/4 cup powdered sugar + 1-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Spray three mini loaf pans with non-stick spray, and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs and sour cream; whisk till very well mixed.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Stir into wet ingredients. Toss berries with the 1 teaspoon of flour and gently fold into the batter. (If using frozen berries, toss them with 2 teaspoons of flour.)
  4. Divide batter between the three pans. Bake at 325° for about 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to cooling racks.
  5. If desired whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over loaves.


-My mini loaf pans are 5 3/4" x 3 1/4".

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 113mg Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Protein: 3g


  1. Patty Irick says

    Have you ever tried freezing these? Curious as to how they would freeze. I’m baking these today.

    • We ate them fast enough that I didn’t need to freeze any, but I freeze similar quick bread all the time. Just make sure it is completely cool, then wrap it in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped loaves in ziplock freezer bags. I almost always have a loaf of quick bread in the freezer, and it is so handy!

  2. oppskrifter says

    I loved this recipe! I read your blog fairly often and you’re always coming out with some great stuff!

    I shared this bread on my Facebook and my followers loved it! Keep up the good work!:)

  3. fanfiction says

    This is my favorite kind of bread. And thanks to this recipe I can make it myself!

  4. I am not sure why the ingredients list calls for sour cream or plain yogurt but the instructions don’t say when to add this. It’s not mentioned at all in the instructions. Was it added to the ingredients by mistake or is a step missing in the instructions?

    • Oh goodness, that’s what I get for trying to type a recipe at midnight. That’s the second mistake a reader noticed. So sorry! You whisk the sour cream in with the lemon juice and eggs. Fingers crossed that I actually have the recipe 100% right this time. 🙂

  5. Sue Simmons says

    Used oil but found it confusing that the directions called for butter and pan size was unclear. My concept of mini is apparently different than yours. Should have looked at the Amazon website for dimensions, I quess. Had to guess at baking times. Bread was tasty.

    • I have updated the recipe with the dimensions of the pans I used. So sorry for the confusion. Glad your bread turned out in the end though. 🙂

  6. Kara. Please tell me if it should be oil or melted butter. I can’t wait to make this!

  7. I love anything & everything with lemon & blueberry. These look so delicious and perfect for gifting too!

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