Quick Blueberry Sauce

Want a stunning topping for pancakes or waffles? This blueberry sauce is quick and turns out purple and syrupy, with the flavor of pure blueberry.

Blueberry sauce

A few days ago, Alex and I came into 5 pounds of blueberries. Yes, 5 pounds! We were up in South Haven, Michigan and picked a bounty of bluebs that ended up costing a mere $5. (Yes, it felt impossible.) So what to do with loads of blueberries? Make ALL THE BLUEBERRY RECIPES. Blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry waffles. And the piece de resistance: this Blueberry Sauce. This sauce is luxurious, thick, syrupy, bright purple, and tastes like eating 1 million blueberries at once. And it’s made with only 5 ingredients! And there’s no refined sugar: it’s naturally sweet, too. Yes, you need this in your life. Let’s get started.

Quick blueberry sauce

How to make blueberry sauce (in 5 minutes!)

This blueberry sauce could not be quicker or simpler: it requires just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes. It almost seems like cheating, really! You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries here, since the blueberries will break down into the sauce. So, you don’t even need to have come into a major blueberry stash like we did!

Here’s how to make blueberry sauce (see the full recipe below):

  • Place blueberries in a saucepan with maple syrup, lemon zest, cinnamon (optional) and cornstarch mixed with a little water.
  • Heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly but keep it bubbling; cook until the blueberries break down and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes total. Just cook until your desired thickness and texture is reached.

Taste, and be amazed at how perfectly blueberry-y it tastes! Keep in mind though: if you use a wooden spoon like we did, it will turn purple. Just a hazard of the job!

Blueberry sauce

How to serve blueberry sauce

Once you have a jar of blueberry sauce, the fun begins! Here are the best ways we could think of to use it:

1. Over vanilla ice cream.

No explanation needed!

2. Slather on pancakes.

  • Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes: classic, fluffy and a little tangy from the buttermilk: a perfect fit! (Use our Vegan Blueberry Pancakes for vegan.)
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes: pancakes with a healthy spin, they’re made with oats and banana, making them naturally gluten-free.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal Pancakes: they’re fluffy and lemony, these babies are also made of oatmeal. Lemon is the perfect partner for blueberry sauce.

3. Swirl into yogurt or oatmeal.

4. Dollop onto waffles.

  • Best Blueberry Waffles (coming soon): they’re fluffy, just sweet enough, and dotted with beautiful blueberries.
  • Fluffy Gluten Free Waffles: how is it possible that these waffles can be gluten free and impossibly fluffy? Magic.
  • Cornbread Waffles with Maple Mascarpone: these cornmeal waffles would be a perfect fit with blueberry sauce! They’re naturally gluten free as well.

5. Get creative.

What other ideas do you have? Let us know in the comments below!

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Want to freeze blueberries?

Got a lot of berries and want to freeze them? Not sure if you can use frozen berries in a baking recipe? Head to our resource: How to Freeze Blueberries.

This blueberry sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Blueberry sauce

Quick Blueberry Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x

Description

Want a stunning topping for pancakes or waffles? This blueberry sauce is quick and turns out purple and syrupy, with the flavor of pure blueberry.


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Ingredients

  • 1  1/2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Place the blueberries, maple syrup, lemon zest, and cinnamon (if using) in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir the cornstarch into a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Then pour it into the saucepan.
  3. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil; reduce the heat slightly but maintain constant bubbles. Cook, stirring, until the blueberries break down a bit and the sauce thickens, about 4 to 5 minutes total.
  4. Serve immediately. Stores refrigerated in a sealed container for a few weeks.

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

Keywords: Blueberry sauce, Blueberry syrup, Maple blueberry sauce

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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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