Healthy Strawberry Compote Recipe with Maple Syrup

You will love this healthy, quick strawberry compote recipe naturally sweetened with maple syrup and ready in less than 15 minutes. This easy strawberry sauce is the perfect way to enjoy sweet strawberries during strawberry season on french toast, angel food cake, ice cream, greek yogurt, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, or crepes.

Strawberry compote in a jar.

You will love this healthy, quick strawberry compote recipe naturally sweetened with maple syrup and ready in less than 15 minutes. This easy strawberry sauce is the perfect way to enjoy sweet strawberries during strawberry season on french toast, angel food cake, pound cake, vanilla ice cream, greek yogurt, overnight oats, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, or crepes.

Unlike sauce from the grocery store, this healthier compote recipe is made with clean, natural ingredients without any preservatives or processed refined white sugar, or high fructose corn syrup. If this is your first time making homemade strawberry compote I’ve included step-by-step instructions and a tutorial video of me showing you exactly how to make my easy recipe.

What is the difference between a strawberry compote and strawberry sauce?

The main difference between a strawberry compote and strawberry sauce lies in their texture and preparation method. A compote is typically made by cooking fruit, sugar, and sometimes spices or flavorings over low heat until the fruit is softened but still retains its shape, resulting in a chunky texture. It often includes whole or partially mashed fruit pieces. On the other hand, a strawberry sauce is usually smoother and more liquid in consistency, achieved by cooking the berries with sugar and possibly other ingredients until they break down completely, then straining the mixture to remove seeds and pulp, resulting in a more refined, sauce-like texture. I consider this recipe a hybrid of the two 🙂

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Berry Sauce Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Strawberry compote in a jar.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting strawberry sauce:

Fresh Strawberries: Any combination of ripe strawberries or frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or cherries can be used for the sauce.

Maple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used instead of maple syrup.

Vanilla Extract: Almond extract or any other flavored extract can be used as a substitute. You can also omit the extract.

Fresh Lemon Juice: Lime juice or orange juice can be used instead of lemon juice. Or you can omit it.

Salt: Use any type of salt you have on hand, such as sea salt or kosher salt or omit it.

Strawberry compote in a jar.

How to Make My Easy Strawberry Sauce Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make strawberry sauce with maple syrup. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Cook the Berry Sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine the berries, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and pinch of salt.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the berries break down, about 5-7 minutes. Mash the berries with a fork or potato masher. Then simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Remove from heat and set aside.

Adding maple syrup to strawberries in a sauce pan.

Step 2: Blend the Sauce

This step is optional for a smoother compote. Pour the strawberry sauce into a blender or the chopper cup with an immersion blender and blend until smooth.

Stirring strawberry compote in a sauce pan.
Strawberry compote in a jar.

Quick Strawberry Sauce Recipe Notes

Fresh vs Frozen Fruit: You do not need to thaw frozen strawberries before placing them in the sauce pan. Although it may increase your cook time slightly.

Flavoring: You can add more tang by adding fresh lemon zest to the sauce. You can also mix in other berries for flavor variation.

Sauce Thickness: For a thick sauce, you can make a quick cornstarch slurry by adding one tablespoon of cornstarch, tapioca flour, or tapioca starch to one tablespoon of hot water and stirring it into the sauce. Stir and simmer for several minutes to thicken the sauce. 

Serving Suggestions

  • Naturally Sweet Breakfast: Spoon it over waffles, pancakes, or French toast for a sweet and fruity start to your day. It also tastes yummy swirled into yogurt parfaits with granola for a layered treat.
  • Dessert Topping: Dress up cakes, cheesecakes, or angel food cake slices with a generous drizzle. It can also be a fantastic topping for ice cream sundaes or a delicious addition to a warm bread pudding.
  • Beyond the Basics: Think outside the box! Use the compote as a filling for crepes or oatmeal, or even as a fancy sauce for a brie and arugula sandwich.

Refrigerate: Store any leftover berry sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat gently in a saucepan or microwave before serving.

Freeze: Store the sauce in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the fridge. You may need to mix it again for a smooth consistency.

Why is homemade strawberry sauce healthier than store-bought?
Because you can control the ingredients and use natural sweeteners like maple syrup instead of refined sugars, and you can avoid additives and preservatives commonly found in store-bought sauces.

What is the difference between a strawberry compote and strawberry sauce?
The main difference between a strawberry compote and strawberry sauce lies in their texture and preparation method. A compote is typically made by cooking fruit, sugar, and sometimes spices or flavorings over low heat until the fruit is softened but still retains its shape, resulting in a chunky texture. It often includes whole or partially mashed fruit pieces. On the other hand, a strawberry sauce is usually smoother and more liquid in consistency, achieved by cooking the berries with sugar and possibly other ingredients until they break down completely, then straining the mixture to remove seeds and pulp, resulting in a more refined, sauce-like texture. I consider this recipe a hybrid of the two 🙂

Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh ones?
Yes, you can use frozen berries to make this delicious strawberry sauce. 

Can I make this homemade strawberry sauce recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it for up to 3 months.

What desserts can I enjoy this delicious strawberry compote recipe with?
Yes, this sauce is very versatile and can be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt, or as a filling for cakes and pastries.

Can I make this sauce without sugar?
Yes, you can omit the maple syrup or use a sugar substitute if you prefer a sauce with less sugar.

Strawberry compote in a jar.

Healthy Strawberry Compote Recipe with Maple Syrup Recipe

Dairy-Free diet-friendly recipe
Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Vegan diet-friendly recipe
You will love this healthy, quick strawberry compote recipe naturally sweetened with maple syrup and ready in less than 15 minutes. This easy strawberry sauce is the perfect way to enjoy sweet strawberries during strawberry season on french toast, angel food cake, ice cream, greek yogurt, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, or crepes.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 pinches salt

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the berries, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and pinch of salt.
    Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the berries break down, about 5-7 minutes. Mash the berries with a fork or potato masher. Then simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • This step is optional for a smoother compote. Pour the strawberry sauce into a blender or the chopper cup with an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
    Allow to cool and enjoy!

Video

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Notes

Fresh vs Frozen Fruit: You do not need to thaw frozen strawberries before placing them in the sauce pan. Although it may increase your cook time slightly.
Flavoring: You can add more tang by adding fresh lemon zest to the sauce. You can also mix in other berries for flavor variation.
Sauce Thickness: For a thick sauce, you can make a quick cornstarch slurry by adding one tablespoon of cornstarch, tapioca flour, or tapioca starch to one tablespoon of hot water and stirring it into the sauce. Stir and simmer for several minutes to thicken the sauce. 

Nutrition

Calories: 27kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 98mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword berry compote, berry sauce, maple syrup, naturally sweetened, strawberry compote, strawberry sauce
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