Pair blueberries with a high protein spread like peanut butter or cottage cheese and you have the healthiest, tastiest breakfast ever! Blueberries are not only intensely flavor packed, but they are also low in sugar and high in antioxidants, which makes them one of my favorite breakfast ingredients. Here are 10 ideas for blueberry toast, with a recipe template that allows you to mix and match.
Blueberries are one of the healthiest, tastiest fruits of all time in my opinion. That is why I started our farm in Minnesota with 600 blueberry plants back in 2000. As those plants matured I have had the lucky opportunity to test all kinds of recipes made with blueberries.
These blueberry breakfast toasts below are some of my favorite ways to use the blueberries from our farm as they ripen. We make sure and freeze as many blueberries as possible to enjoy these blue jewels year-round.
Key Ingredients, Substitutions and Assembly
Basically you need some sturdy bread to toast, a creamy spread as the first layer on top of the toast, the blueberries as the second layer, and garnish with herbs or something crunchy. Easy!!
Choose bread that has some heft and texture to it. White enriched bread (like Wonder bread) will work in a pinch, but it doesn’t support the heavier ingredients as well. Not to mention nutrition of white enriched bread.
My favorite is a seeded whole wheat bread, the more rustic styles the better. If you are on a low carb lifestyle, opt for Ezekiel bread which you can usually find in the cooler section of your grocery store.
The Creamy Spread
There are many, many options that work for this first layer. You can pick gluten free spreads, high protein spreads, or low sugar spreads. Here are some ideas:
- Cream cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut butter
- Almond (or other nut) butter
- Jam or jelly
- Fruit spreads (like a curd or chutney)
- Mashed avocado
- Goat cheese
- Other soft cheeses
Blueberries make up the second layer. Fresh or frozen, large or small, cultivated or wild….they all work.
The sweeter the blueberry the less honey or other sweetener you will need to use. Nice to have so many options, right?
Speaking of sweetness, not that many blueberries are overly sweet. If you want to enhance the sweetness, drizzle the blueberries with one of these sweeteners:
- Maple syrup
- Simple syrup (infused with various flavors)
- Cocoa-cinnamon powder
Herbal Garnishes, Zests, or Crunchy Toppings
The topping you choose add the final touch, taking the blueberry toast to new heights. If it’s Summer, you may want to add some fresh herbs. In the Winter, some minced candied ginger, citrus zest or nuts can really enhance both the flavor and texture.
Here are a few ideas that I have tested with great results:
- Citrus zest (lemon, lime or orange)
- Minced candied ginger
- Small dried cranberries (craisins)
- Nuts of all kinds
- Mint, sage, or your favorite herb
- Pumpkin seeds (could try chia seeds)
- Chile peppers (like Chile Crisp)
My Favorite Combinations for Blueberry Toast
The following ideas for blueberry toasts are just the combinations I have tested and loved. Be sure and customize flavors and nutritional aspects to your own preferences.
Blueberry-Lemon Marmalade-Mint Leaves
Blueberry-Cottage Cheese-Avocado-Pumpkin Seeds-Lime Zest
Blueberry-Lemon Yogurt-Candied Ginger-Lemon Zest
Blueberry-Peanut Butter-Cocoa & Cinnamon-Maple Syrup
Blueberry-Almond Butter-Mint Leaves
Frequently Asked Questions:
Absolutely! Either let them thaw all the way and then dry off with paper towels, or use slightly still frozen for the cool crunch.
Template for blueberry toast ideas
- butter knife
- toaster or griddle Can also use broiler
- ¼ Cup a creamy spread
- 1 Slice bread A sturdy, rustic type of bread is best
- ¼ Cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1-2 Teaspoon zest lemon, lime or orange
- 1-2 Teaspoon Herbal topping Mint, basil, anise hyssop, etc.
- toast the bread1 Slice bread
- spread the creamy part1/4 Cup a creamy spread
- top with berries and garnish with zest or herbs or seeds1/4 Cup blueberries, 1-2 Teaspoon zest, 1-2 Teaspoon Herbal topping