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This strawberry puree recipe is full of bright berry flavor! It’s ideal for drizzling on pancakes, waffles, and cakes…or eating with a spoon.

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Here’s a deliciously fresh recipe you must try with a load of berries: Strawberry Puree! What is it? Strawberry puree is a blend of fresh strawberries, sweetener and lemon juice. It’s uncooked and only lightly sweetened, unlike a strawberry syrup which is cooked with a hefty amount of sugar. Use the fresh puree to dollop on pancakes, oatmeal, waffles, and cakes, or eat with a spoon like applesauce. It surprised us with its pure flavor: and it’s become a standby in our house! (Our kid can’t get enough.)

Want a strawberry puree for drinks? Try this strawberry syrup instead, which brings a stronger berry flavor to cocktails and mocktails.

How to make strawberry puree

This tasty puree takes only 5 minutes to make: all you need to do is throw it in a blender! Strawberry syrup requires simmering down berries with lots of sugar until it becomes syrupy. But with puree, it’s just a quick whiz. The flavor pops even more, because it uses raw uncooked berries.

  • To make strawberry puree, blend 1 pound of strawberries with ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Want to make a half recipe? You can do that too! Just keep in mind if you’re using a large blender, blend on low speed until everything incorporates (it can be difficult to blend smaller quantities).
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Alternate sweeteners

Can you use a natural sweetener in strawberry puree? You bet! If you prefer all natural sugars like maple syrup or honey, they work too. You can use equal parts of the following sweeteners to substitute for sugar:

  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Coconut sugar
  • Agave syrup / agave nectar

We haven’t tried this with monkfruit sweetener, but assume it would also work as a 1:1 swap.

Storage info: refrigerate or freeze it

Strawberry puree uses uncooked berries, so it has a shorter shelf life than a syrup with cooked berries. Here’s what to expect:

  • Refrigerated: You can refrigerate strawberry puree in a sealed container for 3 to 4 days.
  • Frozen: If you’d like it to last longer, freezing it is the way to go! It lasts in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
Strawberry puree
It’s delicious drizzled on a vanilla mug cake

Ways to use this strawberry puree recipe

There are many uses for strawberry puree: drizzle it on cakes, waffles, oatmeal and more! Here are the top ways we like to eat it:

It’s great for kids!

You can skip all the serving suggestions above, and just serve this strawberry puree with a spoon! It’s a great fruit puree for kids, and you can eat it just like applesauce. Our 4 year old can’t get enough of it! He cleaned his first bowl and promptly asked for seconds.

Need a strawberry puree for drinks?

One thing to know about this strawberry puree recipe: it’s not ideal for drinks. We tested it out in a strawberry cocktail, and the flavor was not nearly strong enough. It also makes for a lot of debris in a drink, which isn’t terribly appetizing.

You’ll see there are a few brands that sell strawberry puree for cocktails, and it’s highly sweetened and more like a syrup. If you’d like to use this in drinks, use this strawberry syrup instead! It’s great in strawberry soda or a strawberry vodka cocktail.

Strawberry puree recipe

More strawberry recipes

This strawberry puree is just one in a long list of favorite strawberry recipes over here! Use these tasty berries for lemonade, crumble, jam, and more.

This strawberry puree recipe is…

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

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Strawberry puree

Strawberry Puree

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¼ cups 1x
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This strawberry puree is full of bright berry flavor! It’s ideal for drizzling on pancakes, waffles, and cakes…or eating with a spoon.


  • 1 pound strawberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Clean the berries. Puree all ingredients in food processor or in a high speed blender. Adjust the sugar to taste depending on ripeness of strawberries. Store refrigerated for up to 4 days, or frozen for 3 months.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Nikki says:

    It says that the strawberry purée is good for 4 days if refrigerated. So if I add this puree to a cake, will it shorten the shelf life of the overall cake?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      How long is the cake generally good for? I would think the puree shelf life could stretch a few more days if included in a cake.

  2. Sadie Jackman says:

    perfect taste!!!! Loved it!

  3. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!