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Easy Lemon Blueberry Bread with Walnuts

by Jamie

A super easy lemon blueberry bread recipe with walnuts and a golden crunchy crust. This lemon blueberry bread is so easy it’s ready for the oven in 10 minutes!

Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crunchy crust on a wire rack

I love this easy lemon blueberry bread for a quick breakfast, dessert, or snack! This would be perfect to have in the morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea. It has a bright citrus flavor from the lemon peel and juice with juicy blueberries scattered throughout. The crumb is soft and tender which contrasts wonderfully with a crunchy, golden brown crust. This lemon blueberry bread with walnuts is seriously addictive, I found myself going back for more.

Lemon blueberry bread with crunchy crust filled with walnuts, blueberries, and lemon zest on a wire rack.

This lemon blueberry bread is so easy to make. It literally takes less than 10 minutes to get it in the oven. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, pour it into a baking pan, and then bake it in the oven. No creaming, no mixer needed, no melting butter. After an hour in the oven, you’ll have a wonderful, lemon blueberry bread ready to eat!

This lemon blueberry walnut bread is what’s considered a quick bread. Quick breads are some of the easiest recipes to make, even for novice bakers. So you might be asking…

What is Quick Bread?

In a nutshell, a quick bread is any bread that’s leavened without yeast. Take for instance, pancakes, muffins, scones, or banana bread. You don’t have to sit around waiting for the dough to rise like you do with traditional yeasted bread. That’s the same idea with this easy lemon blueberry bread. Here are the basic properties of a quick bread:

  • no yeast required
  • leavened through baking powder and/or baking soda
  • during the baking process, the baking powder/soda react with other ingredients to produce carbon dioxide which leavens the bread, creating a lighter, airy texture.
  • quick breads are known for being reliable, quick, and producing a relatively uniform crumb, unlike yeasted breads which can take hours to rise and tend to be more fickle with temperature and humidity.

Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crust filled with walnuts, blueberries, and lemon zest on a wire rack

This easy lemon blueberry bread with walnuts is the definition of a “quick bread.” You won’t believe how easy it is to make and how delicious it’ll come out. My favorite part of this bread was the perfect, golden brown crust. It’s crunchy, sweet, and crumbly. It reminds me of the edges of a cookie!

Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crunchy crust on a wire rack

If you’re like me and prefer the crust of baked goods, you’ll love this recipe for the crust alone.

Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crunchy crust on a wire rack

Tips for Easy Lemon Blueberry Bread:

  • Don’t over stir – you won’t end up with a soft delicate crumb if you stir too much. Stir until just combined and then leave it alone
  • Leave the add-ins for last and gently fold them in. You don’t want to mash the blueberries because they’ll bleed into the dough leaving you with a funky purple streaked bread. Unless of course, you’re going for that look. πŸ™‚
  • Coat your add-ins with flour – this prevents them from sinking in the dough. You want your blueberries to be well-dispersed in the bread and coating them with flour will keep them in place.

Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crunchy crust on a wire rack

Using frozen blueberries helps the flour to adhere to the blueberries (pictured below since I used frozen blueberries). If using fresh blueberries, coat them with flour right after you’ve washed the blueberries so they have something to stick to.

Lemon blueberry bread ingredients including walnuts in a steel mixing bowl

If you’d like to make one loaf, pour the batter into a medium size loaf pan, which is what I used. For two smaller loafs, I’ve used two of these small loaf pans before and they came out perfect!

Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crunchy crust on a wire rack

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Lemon blueberry bread with a golden brown crunchy crust on a wire rack

Easy Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe

A super easy lemon blueberry bread recipe with walnuts and a golden crunchy crust. This lemon blueberry bread is so easy it’s ready for the oven in 10 minutes!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 339.73kcal

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients:

  • β…” cup greek yogurt or sour cream; recommend full fat for both
  • ΒΎ cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 β…“ cup all purpose flour plus additional 1 Β½ Tablespoons
  • 1 β…“ cup white sugar
  • ΒΎ teaspoon baking soda
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt

Add ins:

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen; if using frozen, do not thaw ahead of time
  • 1 Β½ cup walnuts chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients and the sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  • Toss the blueberries in the 1Β½ Tablespoons of flour until it's well coated and set aside. This will prevent the berries from sinking to the bottom.
  • Add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together until well combine.
  • Gently fold in the lemon zest, lemon juice, blueberries, and walnuts until just combined. Do not over mix in this step.
  • Fill up two well-greased small loaf pans and bake them in the oven for about an hour or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Or fill a single well-greased medium loaf pan and bake in the oven for about an hour and 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If the crust starts to get too dark, loosely cover it with foil.

Nutrition

Calories: 339.73kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.41g | Protein: 6.73g | Fat: 17.64g | Saturated Fat: 2.08g | Cholesterol: 45.67mg | Sodium: 122.04mg | Potassium: 124.05mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 77.03IU | Vitamin C: 3.32mg | Calcium: 35.11mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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13 comments

Lizet Flores de Bowen August 9, 2019 - 12:21 pm

5 stars
I’ve been meaning to make this for a while. Those blueberries don’t last long enough to bake anything πŸ˜…
Delicious! lovely crumb. Great recipe.

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Jamie
Jamie August 10, 2019 - 7:03 pm

Thank you so much Lizet!! I know what you mean, fresh blueberries get eaten so fast around our house too! So glad you got to try this recipe and loved it! πŸ˜€

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Easy Raspberry Lemon Bread - Chipa by the Dozen May 18, 2019 - 1:42 pm

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Elizabeth Leaver March 27, 2019 - 1:08 am

5 stars
What a beautiful loaf! I’m a bit of a snacker and this is definitely the sort of thing I’d love with a cup of tea. I can’t wait to make it!

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Jamie
Jamie March 27, 2019 - 8:20 am

Self admitted snacker here too! I could go all day just grazing on food. This is definitely a good snack to have on hand. Hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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Dannii March 27, 2019 - 12:24 am

5 stars
Lemon and blueberries go SO well together and this bread sounds like the perfect afternoon treat. YUM

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Jamie
Jamie March 27, 2019 - 8:19 am

Yes they do! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy this! I had many afternoon treats with this bread haha

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Mindy Fewless March 26, 2019 - 6:46 pm

5 stars
Blueberries and lemon are a match made in heaven! I can’t wait to try this!

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Jamie
Jamie March 27, 2019 - 8:18 am

Isn’t it? I love that flavor combo. I hope you enjoy this! πŸ™‚

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Sylvie March 26, 2019 - 6:17 pm

5 stars
Such a delicious mix between a cake and sweet bread! Im a sucker for anything lemon and bread, so putting them together sounds like heaven to me!

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Jamie
Jamie March 27, 2019 - 8:18 am

Thank you so much! I love anything lemony and citrus-y too. Oh that gives me the idea of making a citrus sweet bread!

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Annemarie March 26, 2019 - 5:02 pm

5 stars
This looks fantastic! I agree that you need to be careful stirring in the blueberries. I never like that swirly purple look in my blueberry bread.

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Jamie
Jamie March 27, 2019 - 8:17 am

Thank you and agreed about stirring the blueberries! They’re such delicate and delicious little things πŸ™‚

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