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I love making quick bread or muffins on relaxed weekend mornings.  There’s something almost magical about a late summer Saturday morning…waking up to the sound of birds chirping and sunlight streaming in your window…and of course knowing that you have the whole day free to do whatever you want!  Those kinds of mornings call for a special start to the day.

This breakfast bread is really just muffin batter baked into loaf form.  It’s sort of coffee cake-like, but not at all too sweet and has a tender, slightly chewy crumb.  With healthy things like whole wheat flour, oats, almonds, and blueberries, a cake-like breakfast works for me.  And the pretty white chocolate drizzle makes it feel special enough for entertaining.

My Favorite Way to Eat It:  Although the white chocolate drizzle on top is lovely, I like to leave it off one loaf so that I can cut it into thick slabs and make toast!  Spread with a touch of butter, cream cheese, or jam, this bread is amazing toasted.

Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Loaf

Yields 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch) loaves

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed and drained if frozen)

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little more to flour the pan

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups low-fat milk

1/4 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon pure almond extract (or pure vanilla extract)

2 cups rolled oats

4 tablespoons coarsely chopped raw, unsalted almonds

3 oz white chocolate

1 teaspoon coconut oil (or butter or vegetable shortening)

Butter, to grease the pan

Preheat oven to 350F; butter and flour 2 (8 1/2 inch long by 4 1/2 inch wide by 2 1/2 inch deep) loaf pans, or line them with parchment paper.

Only if you’re using fresh blueberries, measure out 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour and toss with the blueberries so they’re evenly coated.  (Skip this step if you’re using frozen blueberries.)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs, then whisk in the milk, oil, and almond extract.  Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet, being careful not to over-mix.  Fold in the oats and then the blueberries, pour the batter into the prepared pans, and sprinkle the almonds on top.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool before glazing.

Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave; stir in the coconut oil until smooth.  Drizzle glaze on top of bread and let it harden before cutting.

Isn’t this blue Ball jar pretty?  It’s hard to make out from the picture, but it’s dated July 14, 1908…I love vintage finds like this!

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. On a miserable rainy day I think that this toasted for breakfast would be bliss. Looks gorgeous :)

  2. I found this recipe and your blog via Pinterest. I made this bread the other day and have been really enjoying it with my tea each morning. It’s delicious. I just posted about the recipe on my blog. Thanks!

  3. Now I’m wishing that I had saved another handful of fresh blueberries… What a tender, fluffy crumb! Looks like a fantastic tea time snack.

  4. Vintage accessories in the kitchen as well as a scrumptious berry cake for breakfast…your spoiling us Faith ;o)

    Quite honestly, as much as I will mostly start off my morning with a healthy bowl of fruits…I would sinfully much prefer a slice of cake please ;O))

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  5. Love the vintage Ball jar! and, I’m with you—the white chocolate drizzle is beautiful, but I’d rather have it without–and slather some sweet butter or cream cheese on the slice. Making (and eating!) quick breads like this are such a nice way to spend a Saturday morning.

  6. Faith,

    Love that you used white chocolate instead of icing. This loaf looks wonderful and definitely something I’d love to wake up to. Doesn’t matter what kind of batter or what kind of shape, I’d surely eat this with a big smile on my face.

  7. Wow ~ I love all the ingredients going in that gorgeous breakfast loaf!Very summery.
    US Masala

  8. Faith

    I wish that I’d had this when I woke up this morning. It looks mouthwatering, which I write all the time on your blog, I fear. Sorry for my lack of creativity in complimenting your marvelous culinary creations.

  9. har. tee. that’s what i think when i see this bread. i love the whole almonds and white chocolate on top too–nice work, faith!

  10. I’m going away with friends next weekend, and was trying to think of something “breakfast-y” to bring along. I think I just found it… looks great!

  11. Your post is just stunning! What a beautiful loaf. I also love making quickbread on the weekends. Great minds think alike! Thank you for sharing another delightful and creative recipe. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and I’m hoping you have an even lovelier week. Blessings from this hot state of Texas!

  12. Delicious! This bread loaf looks amazing. If we lived closer I would come over and steal a slice right now :) I love that old jar too. My dad has tons of them. I have yet to steal one….haha.

  13. A slice of this for breakfast would just start the day off perfectly!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous, I’d love to have this on my breakfast table! Just found your blog, and so glad I did. Looking forward to scrolling through some of your previous entries!

  15. For me anything involving blueberries in the morning is a winning deal. This bread looks great. I actually like your idea a lot of toasting it.

  16. The only time I wake up to birds chirping is when they decide to build a nest on our roof- but they always start chirping way to early in the morning ;) This loaf looks delicious! And I love the chocolate drizzle on the top- it makes it look extra delicious!

  17. Faith, can I swoon now? Actually, can I enjoy the entire loaf first and then swoon? This looks SO delicious. Love the white chocolate drizzle too. I can’t wait to try making this!

  18. Beautiful blueberry loaf! That would make a fine breakfast, or a great treat any time of day. (My co-workers would love it!) I love your Ball jar, but I also love your Currier and Ives- my mom has a set that she got at the A&P grocery store years and years ago. :)

  19. Mz. Bee in TX says:

    I have those same coffee cups, actually a partial set of dishes of what is left from my Grandmother’s kitchen. The bread looks very inviting.

  20. Oh yum! I love your idea of toasting the slabs – I’m sure it’s the perfect breakfast treat =)

  21. 5 Star Foodie says:

    This delicious looking blueberry loaf would make a perfect Sunday breakfast for sure!

  22. This bread looks very tempting and I would use the almond Hmmm. I better send this one to the printer :)

  23. I’ll bet your house smells like heaven when that’s baking! I’d love a piece of that for breakfast… And I absolutely agree with you about the joy of finding vintage kitchen stuff!

  24. Yum! I wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post today – stop by and see!

  25. Sigh. Now I really wish I started off my Saturday with some white chocolate drizzle and some blueberry oat loaf heaven. I need to get to a store!

  26. Ohhh my goodness, i JUST finished my bowl of porridge and blueberries so lets just say that this loaf is massively calling my name!! This looks beautiful :)

  27. Oh yum!! I love toasting my breakfast breads too, Faith. And slathering them with butter that goes all melty. Delish! :-)

  28. Yum, yum, yummy! Quick breads and muffins are pretty much the only baked goods I like to healthify, and this is right up my alley! Such pretty pics, Faith!

  29. That loaf is so so pretty Faith..I m drooling! all the berries & almonds- wish I cud have a slice!! Send me some..Love that oat container.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  30. absolutely amazing and such beautiful presentation! I will drizzle half way with sugar and the rest have it wit some warm butter :)

  31. I have an old jar just like that – mine is clear – blue is much prettier! The blueberry loaf is beautiful! The perfect treat for a weekend breakfast. Have a good one!

  32. Wonderfully put, Faith! I love weekends when I can feel relaxed to cook and bake and I’m starting to feel the baking urge again with summer ending soon. What a beautiful loaf of bread and filled with healthy goodies!

    My mother collected old jars like that and she gave me quite a few but I don’t know if I have one with the metal still attached to it. I’ll have to look!

  33. I missed that the recipe was for 2 loaves so thought that was a lot of flour! But two loaves would be twice as great because this looks so yummy!

  34. Heavenly Housewife says:

    This is why I love you! That bread is just completely droolworthy.
    Hi daaahling, I’ve tagged you in my most recent post. No pressure to follow trough though, only if you want to.
    *kisses* HH

  35. I rarely make a breakfast, usually the simple PB&J sandwiches… Love your breakfast loaf and blueberry is my favorite fruit. Thanks for sharing!

  36. I LOVE summer mornings! It’s such a treat to eat breakfast al fresco, and nibbling on a slice (no, definitely two slices) of this beautiful breakfast loaf would make it just perfect. Faith, this cake looks heavenly!!

  37. Gorgeous! It does look coffee cake like, but i bet its awesome toasted up

  38. This looks great, and I LOVE the blue ball jar!

  39. this loaf looks delicious, perfect for breakfast and afternoon tea! :)

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