If you know me, you know I’m all about the lemon concepts. With pregnancy, I’m even more about it! Did you know that you can actually carry a gene that makes you more likely to enjoy bitter flavors?!
As you guessed it, I have it!!
When I think of spring, I think of endless fruit concepts with fresh citrus. While you can get really fancy, you can easily throw together a stress free loaf and call it a day. Rather than sticking to a traditional recipe I wanted to mix it up. Rather than using bananas or almond milk, this recipe instead calls for vegan yogurt and applesauce and the results were buttery soft!!
What’s fab about this loaf, is everything! It’s quick and easy, packs tons of fresh blueberries, a rich lemon flavor, you can skip the frosting for less added sugar, it’s buttery soft, perf for spring, you can switch up the fruit if you like, and you just can’t go wrong!
If you love a perf vegan loaf or all things lemon and blueberry, you’re going to love this vegan Lemon Blueberry Loaf!!
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice use more or less as needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, vegan yogurt, applesauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. If the oil starts to solidify simply pop in the microwave for a few seconds.
In a separate bowl, toss the blueberries with the 2 teaspoons of flour. Then, fold the blueberries into the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If needed, cover loosely with foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking to prevent excess browning.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes in the loaf pan. Carefully remove from the loaf pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the glaze:Once the bread has cooled, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice. Start with two tablespoons of lemon juice and whisk well. If your mixture is too thick, slowly add up to one more tablespoon of lemon juice. You want the glaze to be thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough to set up on the bread. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar as needed.
Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze on top of the bread and spread it around. The glaze should harden up a little more after about 15-20 minutes.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to four days. Bread will freeze well for up to three months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before serving.