Summer is a wonderful time to spend time with friends and family outdoors. After a long, cold winter, it’s time to luxuriate in a bit of warmth. One of the great things to enjoy in summer is the fresh produce! Whether they’re from a neighbor’s yard or the store, fruits and vegetables are just plain better in the summer.
While we like many, many summer fruits and vegetables, one does stand out: blueberries. Hailed as a superfood by many, they are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. Today, we wanted to take a look at some delicious blueberry desserts while the berries are in season.
Blueberry Crumble Bars
Blueberry crumble is one of our favorite desserts of the summer. It’s warm but doesn’t take long in the oven — keeping the kitchen from getting too hot! With 187 calories and seven grams of carbs, this is a great recipe to enjoy. Get the recipe here.
Blueberry and Coconut Ice Cream
Summertime begs for ice cream. The cold concoction brings us back to our youth and keeps us cool. This version is excellent, being both low in carbs and dairy-free, allowing lactose intolerant friends to enjoy it too! With only four ingredients, it’s not surprising this recipe is popular. The ice cream has 94 calories per serving and only three grams of carbs! Get the recipe here.
No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake
Cheesecake is great. Not turning on the oven in the summer is even better! These delicious mini cheesecakes have a blueberry sauce center. Using only the stovetop, you can impress friends and family with these elegant cakes. With 166 calories and three grams of carbs, you can enjoy this treat all summer long! Get the recipe here.
Finally, we have some delicious glazed scones. There are blueberries in the pastry and the icing for a double punch. This recipe is a bit more complicated, and it does require the oven, but if you love scones, this will fit the bill. With 159 calories and eight grams of carbs, scones can be back on your menu this summer! Get the recipe here.
Blueberry and Lemon Cupcakes
We love cupcakes. We hate the carbs and high calories associated with cupcakes. We don’t like the “diet” versions at the store that don’t taste right. That’s where these great cakes come in come in. They only take fifteen minutes in the oven! We don’t think they need to be iced as they are a sweet treat on their own, but there is a recipe for icing on the page. Without frosting, these cakes are 138 calories with under five grams of carbs each. Get the recipe here.
Of course, the easiest and fastest way to enjoy these berries is to wash and eat the fruit! When you have family and friends around, you want to stay out of the kitchen and have fun together. If that sounds more your speed, wash them and allow everyone to delight in the fruit just as it comes from nature.