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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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰
  • 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 17 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

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 188g
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 2 lemons or 3, if you like things tangy!
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries *see post above for tips on using frozen blueberries

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 4 oz cream cheese 1/2 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 β…” of your bread batter into prepared loaf pan. Top with all of cream cheese mixture and spread evenly. Top with remaining β…“ 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Gabby says

    I made this for our familyβ€˜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 Iβ€˜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

  7. 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. πŸ™‚

  8. 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!

  9. Cindy says

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

  10. 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.

  11. RB says

    I’ve made this bread about 6-10 times in three different kitchens and it always comes out under-cooked in the middle. Ugh! Today, I even turned the temp down and cooked it for an extra 30 minutes and still came out the same. What’s the secret?!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I think you should probably bake it longer if it is not cooked? I just made this last week, so I know that it takes roughly an hour. It is moist, so I wouldn’t mistake that for being undercooked.

      • So Annoyed says

        If 90 minutes doesn’t do it, then something is definitely wrong! It wasn’t moist, it was uncooked. I even tried a different sized pan in hopes that would help it cook more evenly. No luck. Slight improvement–The outside was nice and brown, but the inside was just a step above gooey. Once it cooled, it was just a gelatin like blob. I tossed it… again.

        • Ashley Fehr says

          I’m not sure what to say, except that you should probably stop trying. There has been lots of success with this recipe, if you care to scan the comments below.

  12. Christiane says

    I made this bread last weekend – and it will definitely not be the last time I made it! It was really delicious! However, I also had the problem with the runny cream cheese filling despite using the egg white of a medium sized egg and will try using a different kind of cream cheese next time. Also, even though I reduced the sugar to 150 g in the dough and 40 g in the cream cheese filling the bread was still too sweet for my taste.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m glad it turned out well! The brand of cream cheese can definitely make a difference — organic cream cheese has a softer texture but I find if I use Philadelphia or a similar style it turns out great

  13. Kelly says

    I love this recipe! My only complaint is that every single time I make it, it needs an extra 15-25 minutes to cook than what’s written above. I’m not sure if I should turn the temperature up or what, but I always forget to allow that extra time!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Kelly! I’m so glad you like it! It’s so hard to say because all ovens cook so differently (and aren’t always very accurate regarding temperature). I’ll have to try the recipe again with an oven thermometer!

  14. Natalie says

    Oh my, this lemon bread looks so delicious! I love the combination of the cream cheese and the blueberry addition. Looks and sounds simply divine!

  15. Nicole says

    This bread was absolutely delicious! The cream cheese filling, the lemon juice/zest, and blueberries… delicious. My children really enjoyed eating it. Not sure there will be any left for my husband. But I will be making another one soon. Actually, a few more to share with the ladies in my Bible study. Thank you for this delicious recipe! So glad I came across this recipe. ?

  16. Hannah says

    Hi, I used the right quantities of ingredients but my cream cheese layer was so runny! It all rose to the outside of the tin. Any ideas?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It might depend on the brand of cream cheese or if you used an extra large egg, etc. I’ve found that some organic or lactose free cream cheese become liquidy when beaten, so there may be other brands that do as well. I’ve never had anyone mention that problem before!

      • Christiane says

        I had the exact same problem (even though I used a medium size egg) and will try to use a different kind of cream cheese the next time. The bread still came out okay and was delicious!

  17. Lauren says

    Made this last night. OMG it’s good… like really really really good. I subbed sour cream for the greek yogurt and vegetable oil for the canola and it came out perfectly. I just love anything lemon. Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Anthony Kozell says

    This Bread is truly amazing. I baked a loaf ans my whole family fought over it. I used a bunt pan instead of a loaf pan and it still turned out great! This week I am making two more loafs and plan to eat it throughout the week.

  19. Rana says

    Hello! This looks yummy πŸ˜€ can we use the electric mixer for both the cake and the cream cheese filling? Can we prepare and freeze it so that we have visitors we can just get it out? Thanks πŸ™‚

  20. Paula Esterline says

    Hi, this looks so yummy. I have just one question. How long do I cool the bread before taking it out of the pan? Thanks and have a great day. πŸ™‚

  21. Shaileen says

    Hi Ashley
    Going to give this recipe a try…looks delicious. Can you substitute the canola oil with vegetable oil ?

  22. Barb says

    Hi Ashley …..love anything lemon and blueberry so will be making this soon ….. just a little clarification please ….. you
    say:

    “1 cup fresh or frozen (unthawed) blueberries ”

    do you mean to use the blueberries frozen or thawed ? …… you’ve said two different things here πŸ™‚

    Thanks !

  23. Scott says

    Very wonderful and simple recipe that converted well to gluten-free! Subbed sour cream for yogurt as my only deviation from your original recipe. Thank you for posting this delicious recipe!

  24. Angel says

    Good Morning! I’m curious….do you know if this could be just as tasty if made diabetic friendly? My 12 yr old son loves all things lemon and blueberry but has recently been diagnosed a Type 1 Diabetic. I’m always looking for new variations of his favorite things but I know that some recipes don’t do as well when using Splenda or Almond Flour.
    Thanks!!!

    • Taylor says

      I substituted quite a bit, used light mayo instead of yogurt and egg half a mashed banana for egg, almond flour and less sugar. I also used a little bit of lemon extract because the juice didn’t quite make it lemony enough for me. πŸ™‚ But I noticed it barely made enough batter.

  25. Bev Landry says

    Will this need to be refrigerated and can it be converted to muffin recipe? If so, how long should it bake?

  26. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I love quick breads too for the exact same reason! It’s a lot less work than filling muffin cups and it makes such a delicious breakfast, dessert, or snack. I’ve never made a cream cheese kind before, so I’m loving this flavor! So perfect for the summer and just what I want for breakfast! πŸ™‚

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