Easy Blueberry Compote- Fresh or frozen blueberries are simmered with honey , a splash of lemon and a touch of vanilla to create a healthy jam like sauce that can be served warm or cold. Perfect for serving over oatmeal, pancakes/waffles, ice cream/frozen yogurt or spread it on toast.( Healthy, Paleo, Easily Vegan, Gluten Free, No refined sugars)
Trying to get more healthy colorful fruits in your diet? This quick and easy blueberry compote is bursting with flavor and nutrients, ready in under 20 mins.
What is a compote?
A compote is like a quick and easy homemade jam but without all the fuss of canning. Simply put fruit compote is fresh or frozen fruit with a bit of sweetener (we are keeping this version free of any refined sugars and using honey, but you can also use maple syrup or agave ) a touch of something acidic (like lemon juice/zest) and sometimes extra add-ins ( like vanilla or cinnamon) .
Unlike making jelly or jam which can be quite the process, making fresh fruit compote is EASY!
How to make Healthy Blueberry Compote:
- Add 1 cup of blueberries, honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract to a medium sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining 1 cup of blueberries and continue to cook for an additional 8 minutes or until compote reaches your desired consistency. Serve warm or cold.
Using frozen fruit to make Blueberry Compote
You can absolutely use frozen blueberries to make this healthy compote. No need to thaw the frozen berries, simply add the frozen blueberries according to recipe. It will just take a few extra minutes to bring the pot to a boil when using frozen fruit.
Why don’t you add all the blueberries at the beginning of the cooking process?
When heated the blueberries will begin bursting and breaking down, turning into a wonderful jam like consistency. Adding additional blueberries later in the cooking process ensures you will have some whole blueberries in your finished compote.
How to thicken up fruit compote/sauce?
Frozen berries sometimes tend to release more liquid than fresh berries during the cooking process. So, if you find you’d like the consistency of your fruit compote/sauce to be thicker you can thicken it up by using a cornstarch slurry. In a small bowl stir together 2 tsp cornstarch and 1 tsp of water. Add the cornstarch slurry to the pan with cooked blueberries and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook for a few additional minutes until compote/sauce thickens. Keep in mind the blueberry compote will continue to thicken as it cools.
How to use Blueberry Compote
Use it in place of syrups and jams.
Spread it on toast, Swirl it into your morning oatmeal, Spoon it over frozen yogurt or ice cream, top your waffles or pancakes. Don’t forget the desserts, top cheesecakes, panna cotta, etc. Oh, and cream cheese or ricotta cheese, it’s delicious spooned over either! ( Photo above is toast topped with Kite Hill (plant based) ricotta cheese and blueberry compote)
This recipe uses 1 pint of blueberries ( 2 cups) and will yield about 1 cup of compote. You can easily double or triple the recipe depending on your needs.
Switch up the fruit
This recipe works well with many fruits . Swap out some or all of the blueberries for other favorites like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and peaches.
Use maple syrup or agave in place of the honey in this recipe.
Easy Blueberry Compote
- 1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 cups frozen
- 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup/ agave for Vegan option
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup blueberries, honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract and gently mix. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10 mins.
- Add remaining blueberries and continue to cook for an additional 8 mins, or until compote reaches your desired consistency, stirring frequently. Serve warm or cold.
Store in an airtight container ( Mason jars work great!) for up to 2 weeks
How to reheat blueberry compote
If you’d like to serve the compote warm it can be reheated in the microwave (in a microwave safe dish) or in a small pan on the stove-top. Double the Recipe
This recipe uses 1 pint of blueberries ( 2 cups) and will yield about 1 cup of compote. You can easily double or triple the recipe depending on your needs. Switch up the fruit
This recipe also works great with other fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches.