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When your taste tester girlfriends cannot wait for a recipe to get shared on the blog,  you know it’s a winner. This dense, berry packed Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread was a major hit with all my friends.

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Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread

For mid-winter, I was both thrilled and a bit surprised to find sweet and plump blueberries at the market. I thought of making some blueberry muffins, but it’s even easier baking up all the batter in a single loaf pan.

Usually purchased to sprinkle over my mid-morning yogurt, I snagged some extra berries to bake up a loaf of this splendid lemon blueberry muffin bread! If you have a slew of blueberries, make a batch of these beautiful Blueberry Crumb Bars, too!

Overhead view of Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread in a loaf pan

Blueberry Quick Bread

Quick breads use baking soda, baking powder or a combination as their leavening. No kneading or proofing (letting rest in a warm spot to rise) is needed.

The speedier turnaround time makes breads like this blueberry quick bread perfect for breakfast, brunch and snacks!

I brought this dense, blueberry laden loaf to share at my Friday coffee klatch AKA knitting group.  ALL gave it rave reviews. They’re an honest crowd, so if you’re a blueberry lover, this is a must make recipe!

Tips for Making Quick Breads:

  • Make sure your leavening is fresh. Baking powder is not used as often as baking soda and often expires while sitting in your kitchen cabinet.
  • Tossing the blueberries in flour, first helps them stay dispersed in the batter. It works for chocolate chips, too.
  • Do not overmix the batter. When you add the liquids to the dry ingredients, mix until just combined to avoid tunnels in the baked loaf.
  • Fill your loaf pan about 2/3 full so the batter has room to rise.
  • Test to see if your bread is done about 5 minutes before you expect the loaf to be fully baked. When you insert a toothpick in the middle there should be a either a few moist or no crumbs on it. If there is batter on the toothpick, continue baking and recheck in 5 or 10 minutes.
Sliced Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread on a white serving tray

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Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread

Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread

This dense, berry packed Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread was a major hit with all my friends.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield 1 loaf


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used full fat)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with a rectangle of parchment paper, then spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the blueberries and lemon zest and toss to combine.
  3. Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yogurt then the dry ingredients, mixing gently until incorporated.
  4. Scrape the thick batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully removing loaf to cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g


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23 comments on “Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread”

  1. This looks awesome! Great crumb and I love it’s loaded with fresh berries!

  2. Blueberry is my favorite this is outstanding! love it saving for sure! Happy Valentines Day!

  3. It looks fantastic! I have bookmarked it and I hope to see blueberries at friendly prices at my local supermarket.

  4. I was so excited to see the addition of lemon zest in this recipe, it goes so well with blueberries! As luck would have it, I have just frozen a bunch of blueberries and this loaf would be perfect as a snack or even better, toasted for breakfast. Happy Valentines Day.

  5. I love the combo lemon/blueberry.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. I LOVE lemon, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned. 🙂 And blueberries with lemon? Swoon! Love that flavor combo. This looks terrific. And really like that’s it pretty quick to make. Winner!

  7. Great job with this recipe, Liz. As others have mentioned, adding a bit of lemon zest to a blueberry bread is AMAZING. Well done! –Joe

  8. I can’t wait for all the summer flavors!

  9. That looks fantastic! Nice that it uses pretty much every day ingredients too:@)

  10. Now doesn’t THIS look like a brilliantly delicious crowd pleaser!! I bet with some melted butter on there, it would be… MOUTHGASMIC!

  11. You had me at lemon and blueberry!!! Thanks for the great tips too.

  12. So good to have honest friends to spend the time with 🙂 This bread is a keeper definitely ! Thank you for sharing !

  13. More berries for me please, Liz! Yummy! xoxo

  14. Liz, I was going to bake a loaf of something for a girlfriend who just had a baby, and I think this is the winner! Thanks for the tips in the post. Looks terrific!

  15. Finding those blueberries AND this bread makes some bright spots in our winter weather.

  16. This bread looks so delicious! I’ve been looking for something as an alternative to cereal in the morning, and I think this might be it!

  17. I love quick breads. The lemon and blueberry are the perfect combination.

  18. There is something about lemon and blueberry together that says Spring to me. Lemon and berries are my favorite combination of flavours for this time of year. This looks delicious.

  19. Yum, yum, yum! I love the blueberry/lemon combo. I also like the idea of making a loaf rather than muffins.

  20. I would love to wake up to this loaf for breakfast – the golden crumb and bursting berries look divine!

  21. Blueberry season here in TX…will be making two loaves for the third time…that’s how popular this bread is…thanks for an excellent recipe!

  22. I got this exact recipe from PBS 05/09/2013 and it was great then…

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