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A collection of the best berry recipes from Simply Quinoa! Plus, get my tips and tricks for berry picking, storing, and freezing to help you use up those summer berries so you never waste them again!

Plate of Berry Crumble with Coconut Yogurt

I absolutely love all kinds of berries—strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries each hold a special place in my heart. While breakfast might be the first meal that comes to mind when we think of berries, I think berries can be enjoyed at any time of day. Don't get me wrong, I love my oatmeal with fresh berries, but berry desserts might be my latest addiction. And lately, I've been adding fresh berries to all my quinoa salads at lunchtime.

So, today I've rounded up my favorite healthy berry recipes, from homemade muffins and smoothie bowls to fresh salads, berry crisps & crumbles, and so much more.

Healthy Berry Breakfast Recipes

You're bound to have a fabulous day when you start your morning off with one of these delicious and nourishing breakfast recipes. We've got some brunch crowd-pleasers like French toast and coffee cake, but also some brekkie recipes that are great for meal prep too. And don't worry if you don't see muffins here—that's in the next section!

Breakfast Quinoa Bake with Berries

Triple Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Loads of berries make this healthy Triple Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bake sweet and flavorful! It's also gluten-free and vegan so everyone can enjoy it.
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Overhead view of banana blueberry baked oatmeal in baking dish with spatula

Blueberry Banana Baked Protein Oatmeal

Perfect for meal prep breakfasts, this protein baked oatmeal recipe is naturally sweetened and full of fresh fruit!
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Love these fluffy QUINOA PANCAKES studded with fresh blueberries and drizzled in warm maple syrup. They're the ULTIMATE breakfast treat!

Fluffy Vegan Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

These blueberry pancakes are ultra fluffy, but also moist and tender thanks to the juicy berries. Make double and freeze some for later!
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Gluten Free French Toast Recipe

Gluten Free French Toast with Berries

This French toast recipe is super easy, freezer-friendly and topped with berries and yogurt to make it extra delicious.
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Healthy Yogurt Bowls with Fruit

Strawberry & Peach Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Ripe strawberries and juicy peaches are the best way to start the day, and you'll love them in these quinoa breakfast bowls!
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This GLUTEN-FREE Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake is the perfect treat to serve at your next brunch. Healthy, flavorful and SIMPLE to make!

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Cake for breakfast? When it's this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake, it's nutritious enough to enjoy any time of day, guilt-free!
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LEMON RASPBERRY QUINOA BREAKFAST BARS -- with bananas, oats, almond butter and quinoa, these bars make a healthy & nutritious breakfast treat!

Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars

These healthy Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars are packed with protein thanks to the quinoa!
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BLUEBERRY MUFFIN QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES -- sweetened naturally, without any dairy or eggs, and tons of fresh fruit!

Blueberry Muffin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are practically bursting with juicy berries. The perfect breakfast on the go!
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Honey Blueberry Granola with Quinoa Flakes

Honey Blueberry Quinoa Granola

Whip up this Honey Blueberry Quinoa Granola for breakfast, but enjoy it for all day snacking too! It's especially delicious layered in a parfait.
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Berry Breads & Muffins

If you're not a huge fan of berries but still want to incorporate more fruits into your diet, muffins and breads might be the recipes for you! I love berry muffin recipes because you still get all the flavor and texture from the muffin itself, but with little speckles of fruit throughout. Here are the best simple and delicious bread and muffin recipes that use up your fresh berries. These berry recipes are great for meal prep or freezing for later!

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Healthy Chocolate Muffins with Raspberry Swirl

Chocolate muffins are good, but add a jammy raspberry swirl and they're even better!
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Glazed blueberry muffin on cooling rack

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Made with oat flour, almond flour and quinoa flour, these blueberry muffins are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats!
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Blackberry Lime Oatmeal Muffins topped with a creamy coconut butter glaze! Naturally gluten-free, without any dairy, oils or eggs!

Blackberry Lime Oatmeal Muffins

Switch up your muffin game with these blackberry lime oatmeal muffins! Zippy lime adds bright flavor to balance the sweet berries.
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Slices of glazed blueberry banana bread topped with lemon zest

Blueberry Banana Bread

This easy blueberry banana bread recipe is moist and tender, with juicy berries in every bite. Don't skip the glaze on top!
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These SKINNY Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins are made with out any refined sugar, eggs, oil OR dairy!

Skinny Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

While some muffins are calorie bombs, these strawberry muffins are a lightened up version of a breakfast favorite.
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This AMAZING cranberry quinoa banana bread is made with only healthy ingredients and is free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar AND uses only 1 tablespoon of oil!

Cranberry Quinoa Banana Bread

When you think about berries, don't forget about cranberries! This bread is full of tart flavor for something a little unexpected in a typical quick bread.
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The Best Berry Smoothies

Is there anything better than enjoying a refreshing, homemade berry smoothie on a hot summer day? Here are my very favorite berry smoothies and smoothie bowls. These berry recipes are a great way to start your day, but they're also so delicious I won't blame you if you enjoy one for dessert. Pro tip: add a handful of greens to any berry smoothie recipe for an extra healthy kick!

Perfect Berry Smoothie Bowl with NO Banana

Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl

This rich, creamy smoothie bowl is the perfect canvas for adding your favorite toppings. Make it pretty and dig in!
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Raspberry Smoothie in a Jar

Refreshing Raspberry Smoothie

This Refreshing Raspberry Smoothie recipe is loaded with fiber, protein, and antioxidants for the perfect vegan breakfast!
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Best Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Tastes like a decadent dessert, but it's actually a healthy smoothie recipe! This chocolate strawberry smoothie is a treat.
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Best Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe

Vegan Triple Berry Protein Smoothie

Don't let the purple hue fool you—this berry smoothie also sneaks in some vegetables to make it extra healthy!
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Salads & Savory Berry Recipes

Berries aren't just for sweets! Get ready for some delicious salad recipe inspiration. These savory berry recipes are a perfect way to get some fruit into your meals at lunch or dinner time.

Blackberry & Apricot Salad with Quinoa and Mint

Blackberry & Apricot Quinoa Salad

With berries, apricots, and almonds, this quinoa salad is full of different flavors and textures.

Summery Spring Mix Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Welcome spring with this light, refreshing salad. Chickpeas add plant-based protein to the mix!
triple berry quinoa salad with a lime vinaigrette

Maple Lime Triple Berry Salad

This flavorful Triple Berry Quinoa Salad comes together in under 10 minutes, with only 7 simple ingredients. Naturally gluten-free & vegan too!
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white bowl of blueberry, pecan, quinoa and arugula salad

Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

This healthy blueberry quinoa power salad is dressed with a bright lemon-basil vinaigrette, the perfect complement to the fresh, sweet berries.
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close up on strawberry salad with quinoa and spinach

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa

This simple strawberry spinach salad has almonds, toasted quinoa and a mint-honey dressing for a flavorful lunch or dinner.
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Snack Recipes with Berries

Need a quick and healthy snack recipe? Here are the best berry recipes for snacking. With energy bites and protein bars, these recipes are perfect for on-the-go. The little ones will love these ideas, too!

Easy No Bake Energy Ball Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Energy Balls

The perfect little snack to eat on-the-go! Lemon adds just the right amount of tartness to pair with the sweet berries.
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pb&j energy bites made with dried blueberries

PB&J Energy Bites

When you're craving peanut butter & jelly but don't want a whole sandwich, these easy energy bites will save the day!
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These NO BAKE Acai Granola Bars are a simple, DIY snack that is naturally sweet, vegan and SUPER healthy!

Blueberry Acai Granola Bars

These granola bars are made with superfood acai to pack in some extra antioxidants along with the fiber-rich oats. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up!
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Amazing Raspberry Chocolate Chip Bars

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Say good-bye to stale store-bought protein bars and hello to these amazing raspberry chocolate chip bars instead!
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Berry Delicious Desserts

See what I did there? 😉 Here are my favorite ways to enjoy berries in dessert form! The best part about these dessert ideas is that they are made with totally clean, healthy ingredients. The whole family will love these berry dessert recipes!

Easy Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe

5-ingredient Mixed Berry Crumble

This healthy Berry Crumble uses granola for the topping to streamline your ingredient list. Easy and delicious!
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healthy & vegan raspberry oatmeal bars

Healthy Vegan Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

These naturally sweetened Vegan Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are made in a single bowl with just 9 simple ingredients!
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Overhead view of a slice of no bake raspberry cheesecake garnished with chocolate and fresh raspberries being lifted from the rest of the cheesecake with a cake server.

No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake

You won't believe this decadent raspberry cheesecake is made without any dairy! Get ready for a show-stopping dessert.
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Vegan Raspberry Quinoa Brownies -- super fudgy, chewy and HEALTHY! Plus, they're made with avocado instead of oil

Healthy Raspberry Quinoa Brownies

These healthy raspberry quinoa brownies are naturally gluten-free and vegan, and also packed with protein to give them staying power!
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A jar of banana avocado mousse topped with banana chips and raspberries

Raspberry Banana Avocado Mousse

Who knew you could make avocado into a delicious dessert?! This creamy mousse recipe is perfect for topping with fresh berries.
Strawberry rhubarb crisp in bowl with scoop of coconut cream

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb and strawberries are the perfect combination—both are ripe in the spring and their flavors complement each other so well. The addition of balsamic vinegar makes this recipe extra special!
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More About Berries

How to Pick Berries at the Grocery Store

Berries are a seasonal ingredient and I recommend buying fresh berries only when they're in season. When they're out of season, buying frozen is a great alternative, and many times frozen berries can be used the exact same way.

When you're shopping for berries, keep in mind that they're delicate fruit and can often get damaged in shipping.

Look for berries that are:

  • bright & colorful
  • unbruised
  • don't have mold
  • look fresh

If they're in a plastic container, don't forget to flip the container upside down!

Bowl of strawberries with spoon

How to Prep + Store Berries

The best way to store and prep your berries is to actually leave them alone. Washing berries and then putting them back into the container causes them to go bad more quickly.

I like to just wash what I'm going to use at the time and leave the others in the container. This post might also help with some additional berry storing tips!

How to Freeze Berries to Use Later

Bought too many berries or feel like they're going to go bad? No worries—you can freeze them!

The best way to freeze fresh berries is:

  • wash the berries under cool water in a colander
  • pat the berries dry with a paper towel
  • transfer the berries onto a parchment-lined baking sheet
  • freeze the sheet until berries are frozen solid

Then you can store them in a sealed container/bag and use them in your recipes!

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