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Cream Cheese-Filled Blueberry Lemon Bread + RECIPE VIDEO

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 12 slices

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This Blueberry Lemon Bread is sweet, tangy, loaded with juicy blueberries and a decadent cream cheese swirl! It’s the perfect quick bread recipe for Spring!

blueberry lemon bread drizzled with glaze on wood cutting board

Lemon and blueberries is one of my favorite combinations, but I crave it even more once the sun starts bringing some heat and Spring is on the way!

The freshness of lemon is one flavor we love in all forms!

Some of our other favorites? Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee CakeNo Bake Lemon Cheesecake, and this Baked Lemon Blueberry Doughnuts.

The Blueberry Lemon Bread is made extra special with a decadent cream cheese swirl and a tangy lemon glaze. You can omit either or both, if you want to take this Lemon Bread from a special treat to a more responsible every day snack or breakfast 😉

I’ve included more tips and tricks for customizing this easy Lemon Bread recipe below.

lemon bread with blueberries sliced and glazed with blue towel in background

I love quick breads because they’re less work than muffins (no messing with liners or scooping), and they can go from breakfast to school lunches to dessert pretty easily, with an extra serving of fruit or a drizzle of glaze.

I ended up adapting the recipe from Taste of Home’s Complete Guide to Baking cookbook (which I actually can’t find on Amazon anymore), which I love when I’m looking for help with a basic baking recipe! You could skip the cream cheese layer completely if you want to, but I think that’s what really makes this bread extra special.

Variations on this Cream Cheese Filled Blueberry Lemon Bread:

  • Feel free to leave out the cream cheese or the glaze if you want to cut back on the sugar in this recipe.
  • I have made the cream cheese layer with an without the egg, so if you don’t have an extra, don’t fret! It will be fine without.
  • If you don’t have fresh lemons, you can use lemon extract in place of the lemon zest and juice. Use about 2 tablespoons of lemon extract, depending on how much you like lemon 😉
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries both work well in this recipe. If you are using frozen blueberries, be sure to add in frozen and toss with a bit of flour for best results. They do tend to turn the batter purple, but it won’t affect the flavor! If using frozen blueberries, you may need to bake this loaf longer, up to 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • Once the lemon bread reaches your desired exterior color, cover tightly with foil to prevent further browning. I have found that lemon breads tend to brown more than some others, so I always recommend covering it once it is golden brown.
lemon blueberry bread sliced overhead with two slices and blue towel

What kind of pan is best for this Blueberry Lemon Bread?

A while back, I switched out my old non-stick loaf pans for glass pans, which I love.

However, my glass pans are only 1.5L, while my other pans were 2L, and I’m noticing how much of a difference that makes! Please note that this recipe is tested in an 8×4″ glass loaf pan, and if you have a 9×5″ or a dark non stick then you might find it bakes much more quickly and is a little lower. Just check the bread 10-20 minutes before the end of the baking time and check every 5 minutes with a toothpick.

blueberry lemon bread four slices on white background

*This post, recipe, images and video has been updated since its original post date in June 2017.

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Cream Cheese Filled Blueberry Lemon Bread

4.89 from 18 votes
This Blueberry Lemon Bread is sweet, tangy, loaded with juicy blueberries and a decadent cream cheese swirl! It's the perfect quick bread recipe for Spring!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 12 slices
Calories 261cal

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup plain 0% Greek yogurt (150 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (200-210 grams) fluffed and levelled
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 2 lemons (or 3, if you like things tangy!)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (*if using frozen blueberries, toss with 1 tablespoon flour before adding to batter)

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 4 oz cream cheese ½ package
  • 1/4 cup sugar 50g
  • 1 egg white

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease an 8×4″ (or 9×5″ — see note above) loaf pan (I recommend glass or silicone as it will darken more quickly in a non stick pan).
  • In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla and juice and whisk until smooth.
  • Add flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest and stir just until combined. Fold in blueberries.
  • Make the cream cheese layer: in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and egg white with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Pour ⅔ of your bread batter into prepared loaf pan. Top with all of cream cheese mixture and spread evenly. Top with remaining ⅓ bread batter and smooth the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-70 minutes, covering loosely with foil after 30 minutes or when top is golden, until a toothpick in the bread comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Note that the cream cheese will set as it cools.
  • Cool to room temperature before slicing and serving. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

Glaze

  • Gradually stir lemon juice into powdered until desired consistency is reached — you may not need all of the lemon juice!
  • Drizzle over loaf before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 261cal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords blueberry lemon bread, lemon bread

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  1. Gabby says

    I love this recipe! Already made it a few times, but I tried something different last night. I guess you could call it the holiday version. I used cranberries instead of blueberries and fresh orange juice and zest instead of lemon. It turned out delicious! I took it to work. My colleagues loved it, too.

  2. Ann T. says

    I’m lactose-sensitive, and find the cream cheese layer unappetizing. Should the baking instructions be adjusted if I choose to eliminate the cream-cheese filling?

  3. Susan says

    I used melted butter instead of the oil. Used regular sour cream because I didn’t have the yogurt in the fridge. And I skipped the egg white in the cream cheese. Came out fantastic. It’s not even fully cooled and the loaf is almost gone.

  4. Kathleen Paap says

    I used blueberry Activia low calorie yogurt instead of Greek yogurt. I also made half of the recipe but cooked it for 53 min. in a glass pan. It turned out perfect. I didn’t even have to make the frosting because it is sweet enough on its own.

  5. Mary says

    Mine is in the oven now but I’m nervous. The batter was quite runny and filled my pan to the top!! I also didn’t read the ingredients right and bought plain regular yogurt, not Greek. Fingers crossed!!

  6. Piper Hepburn says

    I made this yesterday and it came out perfect. Followed directions exactly, except I only had 1 lemon so I added lemon extract. I wonder if the issues some others have had have something to do with altitude? I’m at about 4500 feet, so sometimes things take longer to cook here.

  7. Shannon Kite says

    I just made two loaves. It’s very good, but a little gummy/dense? Is that because it’s a quick bread, no yeast?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It shouldn’t be dense, but it is different than yeast bread. It is more like cake than yeast bread. If it’s gummy, it could be that it needed to be baked a little longer.

  8. Gabby says

    I made this for our family‘s Mother’s Day brunch today. OMG – it was so delicious! Everyone liked it. I will definitely make it again!!
    I have a question – do you think I can substitute the yogurt for mascarpone? I made it with sour cream this time and it worked really well. I just happen to have leftover mascarpone in the fridge and I‘m looking for something to use it up with.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      For this recipe I wouldn’t substitute the baking powder as it can throw off the whole recipe. Baking soda reacts with acid differently so the loaf won’t turn out the same

  9. Rebecca says

    This recipe turned out beautifully. I used frozen blueberries and sprinkled some flour on them as directed. I also substituted sour cream because I unfortunately did not have any greek yogurt on hand. Still, it was DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes. 🙂

  10. Joanne says

    I made this with my daughter and it came out beautiful. It was perfect it took the exact cooking time . We did substitute regular sour cream for the greek yogurt. We will be making this again!

  11. Cindy says

    Looks amazing, is there any way to make the glazed without powdered sugar? Want to avoid kids bouncing off the walls lol

  12. Lisalia says

    Lemon and blueberry is the BEST combo. Thanks for this yummy and easy to follow recipe! I cooked mine a little longer too – because I used frozen blueberries. It was delicious.

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