Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon blueberry bread is the perfect sweet treat. This recipe takes a plain blueberry muffin mix and turns it into sweet, lemon blueberry bread with just a few simple additions.

slices of lemon blueberry bread.
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Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe

If you're looking for a fun and delicious way to start the morning, this lemon blueberry bread is the perfect choice. This bread is so easy to make, taking a box mix and elevating it with lemon zest and a simple lemon glaze on top to make this bread so much better.

Here's the thing: I love baking from scratch. It's one of my favorite ways to spend downtime. But now that I have multiple kiddos, it can be difficult to spend hours on something in the kitchen.

The other thing is, good food doesn't have to be fancy or complicated. Sometimes really good food is also really easy.

That's exactly where this easy bread recipe comes from. We had a box of blueberry muffin mix that had been sitting around for quite some time and it was starting to bother me that it wasn't being used. So I decided to make something a little different with the mix.

icing dripping on a loaf of bread.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

This blueberry lemon bread is the perfect brunch or party treat, especially since it's so simple. It's also a great recipe to build confidence in the kitchen by learning how to tweak a box mix and make it better.

  • This easy recipe is perfect for beginner bakers since it's not made from scratch and has no difficult steps or techniques.
  • Lemon blueberry bread is a very light and tangy dessert that is perfect for hot summer days when something rich would just be too heavy!
  • You can give this loaf to friends and neighbors as a sweet and simple gift. Use it as a way to say thank you or a "just thinking about you" sweet treat!

When you add lemon and blueberry together, you can't go wrong! It's why I've got multiple lemon blueberry recipes like this bread and lemon blueberry muffins.

ingredients for lemon blueberry bread on a blue countertop.

Ingredients

This is one of my favorite quick bread recipes since I only need to have four ingredients to make it! Here's what you need:

  • blueberry muffin mix
  • fresh lemon zest
  • lemon juice
  • powdered sugar

Substitutions and Variations

To make this recipe gluten free, grab a box of gluten free blueberry muffin mix. Use as directed in this recipe!

If you want to make this loaf filled to the brim with blueberries, you can absolutely add fresh berries to the batter. Be sure you don't overload it, but fresh blueberries would make this bread extra extra tasty. You can also use frozen blueberries!

Want a different topping option? Make this easy streusel topping and add it to top of the entire loaf before baking. Then it will bake into the bread giving it a slight crunch and extra sweet flavor!

If you want a stronger lemon flavor and/or don't have lemon zest, use a splash of lemon extract in the batter. You can also add a dash of vanilla extract to this recipe to give extra depth to the flavors in this delicious quick bread.

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Bread

Here's how to make this easy Lemon Blueberry Bread recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).

Prepare the blueberry muffin mix in a large mixing bowl according to the instructions on the package.

canned blueberries mixing into muffin mix in a bowl.
blueberry muffin batter.

Add fresh lemon zest to batter for lemon blueberry loaf cake.

Then, pour the wet ingredients into a prepared pan, greased well with nonstick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.

Lemon Blueberry Bread is the perfect brunch treat. This recipe takes a plain blueberry muffin mix and turns it into sweet, lemon blueberry bread with just a few additions.?

Bake the blueberry lemon loaf for 45-50 minutes, until the center of the loaf is set, golden brown and a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted comes out clean.

Allow the lemon blueberry bread to cool in the loaf pan for about 5-10 minutes. Then, transfer the warm bread to a wire rack and allow it cool completely.

Lemon Blueberry Bread is the perfect brunch treat. This recipe takes a plain blueberry muffin mix and turns it into sweet, lemon blueberry bread with just a few additions.?

While you let the sweet bread cool, prepare the tart lemon glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and powder sugar. Mix until the consistency is thin enough to be poured over the top of the bread.

You can use a straw to poke holes in the bread for glaze to fill, if you want the bread to be soaked in the glaze!

Once the bread has cooled well, pour the simple glaze over the top of the loaf, going back and forth until the whole loaf is covered.

Slice while still warm and enjoy!

icing dripping onto a loaf of blueberry bread.

How to Store Leftover Lemon Blueberry Bread

Storing leftovers of this quick bread recipe is really similar to storing muffins. I have a great post that will teach you how to store and freeze muffins, but here’s just a few tips that you can use when storing leftover lemon blueberry bread:

Place the full loaf or slices of the loaf into an airtight container, lined with paper towels to help collect condensation from any residual heat. For best results, just wait for the loaf to cool completely before storing.

Now, the main tip to storing leftovers will depend on how soon you plan to eat them: 

  • Within 3 days of baking: Store the bread on the countertop at room temperature.
  • In the next few days: Store leftover lemon bread in the fridge, but keep in mind that it will change the texture a bit.Alternatively, you can store what you’ll eat in the next few days using the countertop method, then freeze the rest. 
  • Within the next 3 months: Store lemon blueberry in the freezer. For best results, store it unglazed and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and placed in a freezer safe bag.
lemon blueberry bread on a cutting board.

Tips for Success

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • Use fresh lemon juice instead of the stuff you can buy in a bottle at the grocery store. The fresh juice will have a much better flavor and produce a quick bread that is perfectly tangy and sweet!
  • Feel free to use a stand mixer or electric mixer when making the batter. It can make the prep process go a little more quickly .
  • For an extra zing of bright flavors, top the loaf with a little lemon zest or add some to the lemon glaze.
slices of bread on a wooden plate.

FAQ

How do I keep lemon blueberry bread from sticking to the pan?

If you're having an issue with the bread sticking to the side or bottom of the pan, you're likely not greasing it well. I have a post with the best tips on how to grease a muffin pan. Check it out and try one of those methods to grease your loaf pan!

Can I use muffin mix to make sweet breads?

Using a muffin mix to make a dessert loaf is easy. You can use blueberry, mixed berry muffin mix, strawberry and raspberry.

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Lemon Blueberry Bread is the perfect brunch treat. This recipe takes a plain blueberry muffin mix and turns it into sweet, lemon blueberry bread with just a few additions.?

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This lemon glaze blueberry quick bread is deceivingly easy! It's the perfect quick dessert or breakfast treat!
4.93 from 56 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 package blueberry muffin mix
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced (about 1 tablespoon zest and ½ cup juice)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  • Mix blueberry muffin mix according to package directions.
  • Stir in lemon zest.
  • Pour batter into a greased or parchment-lined loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place in the pan on a wire rack.
  • Once the bread has cooled slightly, carefully remove from the loaf pan and return to the cooling rack.
  • While cooling, whisk together lemon juice and powdered sugar. You want the consistency to be thin enough to pour over bread.
  • Drizzle icing over bread. Let harden before slicing into the bread.

Notes

You can use a straw to poke holes in the bread for glaze to fill, if you want the bread to be soaked in the glaze!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.7g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 7.6g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 42.8mg | Sodium: 245.4mg | Sugar: 16.9g

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