The easy dried blueberries make for an excellent snack. They are healthy and versatile, and serve as the delicious blueberry version of raisins.
Drying blueberries is a great way to use up a surplus of fresh berries. For other options, you might also want to try out my blueberry chia jam, Swedish blueberry soup or healthy banana bread with blueberries.
I regularly make a big batch of these when I have blueberries available. It's a really easy recipe, and although they take a while to dry in the oven, all you have to do is wait for them to finish.
This snack is completely free of sugar and other preservatives. It's a light, low calorie treat that you can enjoy on most diets, including keto, whole30, paleo and more.
Preheat your oven to 110 °C / 210 °F / 100 °C fan oven.
Spread fresh blueberries over a baking sheet covered baking tray in a single layer.
Bake the blueberries in the oven until they are dry but still slightly plump. You're looking for a raisin-like texture, only slightly softer.
It typically takes between 2-5 hours for blueberries to try, depending on the size of your berries.
Allow them to cool down before serving them at room temperature.
💭 Top tips
Here are my best tips to make the perfect dried blueberries:
- Don't increase the temperature of the oven in an attempt to speed up the process. This will burn the blueberries on the outside before the inside is sufficiently dried.
- If you wish, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or a dash of honey to the blueberries before drying them. This will give them a lovely, alternative flavor.
🥗 Serving suggestions
Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy this tasty treat:
- As a snack: A handful of blueberries is the perfect snack if you're craving something sweet between meals.
- In granola: Dried blueberries give granola a hint of sweetness!
- In trail mix: Add them to a trail mix along with a variety of roasted nuts and seeds.
- As a topping: Use the blueberries as a topping on chocolate peanut butter oatmeal or peanut butter banana smoothie bowl.
You can make a big batch and store them in airtight containers for up to at least 2 weeks. I find that they often store better in the fridge, although this is optional.
I don't recommend freezing them, as they tend to be very watery and mushy after thawing.
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📋 Frequently asked questions
Can I use frozen blueberries? - No. They will often be too watery and not dry out properly. The drying process will take significantly longer, and the result will not be as good. Use fresh blueberries.
- 3 cups blueberries (300 g)
- Preheat your oven to 110 °C / 210 °F / 100 °C fan oven.
- Spread fresh blueberries over a baking sheet covered baking tray in a single layer.
- Bake the blueberries in the oven until they are dry but still slightly plump. You’re looking for a raisin-like texture, only slightly softer.
- It typically takes between 2-5 hours for blueberries to try, depending on the size of your berries.
- Allow them to cool down before serving them at room temperature.