Blueberry Compote

This blueberry compote takes 5 minutes and makes the best berry-forward tangy flavor! Drizzle over ice cream, waffles or pancakes.

Blueberry compote

Here’s the best easy, delicious sauce to make with a load of blueberries: blueberry compote! This idea was born out of a haul of summer blueberries we recently picked. This compote is one of our new favorite blueberry recipes because it’s so easy. It takes just 5 minutes to whip up, and the flavor is incredible. It’s pure, tangy blueberry, lightly sweetened with maple syrup! All you need is 3 ingredients and you can use either fresh or frozen berries. It’s absolutely perfect on pancakes…or melty vanilla ice cream, for that matter.

Ingredients for blueberry compote

Yes, all you need is a handful of ingredients for this blueberry compote! Alex and I love naturally sweet fruit sauces, so we often use maple syrup as the sweetener. Maple syrup gently sweetens recipes and adds an interesting nuance to the flavor. If you don’t have maple, you can substitute any type of sugar. This compote also works with honey or even agave syrup if that’s your sweetener of choice! Here are the ingredients for blueberry compote:

  • Blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • Maple syrup (or sugar, honey or agave syrup)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water
Lemon blueberry pancakes

Use fresh or frozen blueberries…or berries past their prime

You can use fresh or frozen blueberries for this blueberry compote. They both have great flavor and you won’t find much of a difference in flavor or texture. Here’s another great thing: a compote is a great way to use berries that are a little past their prime. Because you’ll be cooking them down, it’s great for berries that are just past fresh (but of course, not moldy!). This is a nice way to cut down on food waste with fruit: just make a compote!

How to make a compote in 5 minutes

Making blueberry compote is so easy, you barely need a recipe. The nice thing about following a recipe, though, is it provides just the right sweetness. We found 1/4 cup sweetener was just enough to sweeten 2 cups of blueberries. Here’s all you need to know to make compote:

  • Heat ingredients over medium heat in a saucepan.
  • Cook about 5 minutes, until the blueberries break down and form a sauce. The blueberries contain natural pectin, which thickens the sauce as they cook down! If you want a thicker sauce, you could also dissolve 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water and add that to the sauce. But we find it’s thick enough au natural.
How to make blueberry compote

What’s a compote, anyway?

Is a compote just a sauce? Yes! A compote is fresh or dried fruit that’s cooked down into a sweet sauce. Usually the sauce is left fairly chunky, so you have the texture of chunks of fruit. It’s often served spooned over desserts, like cakes and and ice cream. But you can use it on pancakes or wafflesl too (see below).

Try this variation: blueberry sauce!

Here’s a variation on blueberry compote: this Easy Blueberry Sauce! There are a few differences between this compote and the sauce: the sauce is sweeter, and it’s also thicker. It’s thickened with cornstarch so it has a glossier shine. It also has a little lemon zest for a tangy nuance. We like both of them equally!

Blueberry compote

Ways to serve blueberry compote

This blueberry compote we created especially for our Lemon Blueberry Pancakes: and wow is it good on them! It’s the perfect sauce that’s just sweet enough. Here are some more serving ideas where it would be perfection:

  1. Vanilla Ice Cream: Top it on your favorite ice cream! Use vegan ice cream for an easy vegan dessert.
  2. Cheesecake: Try our Crustless Cheesecake and swap the cherries for this blueberry compote!
  3. Cake: Enjoy double the blueberries with this Blueberry Cake.
  4. Yogurt: Swirl it into yogurt with Healthy Granola as a breakfast bowl.
  5. Oatmeal: Add it to this incredible Best Oatmeal.
  6. Pancakes: Try Lemon Blueberry, Sour Cream Pancakes, Greek Yogurt Pancakes, or Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.
  7. Waffles: It’s perfection on Blueberry Waffles.
Blueberry compote on pancakes

This blueberry compote recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Blueberry compote

Easy Blueberry Compote


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This blueberry compote takes 5 minutes and makes the best berry-forward tangy flavor! Drizzle over ice cream, waffles or pancakes.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or sugar or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place the berries, maple syrup, vanilla, and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, stir occasionally and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes until the blueberries begin to break down, mashing them with a wooden spoon. Cook until they thicken into a sauce.
  2. Remove from the heat. The sauce will thicken even more as it cools. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving (store up to 1 week refrigerated).

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blueberry compote

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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