How amazing have berries been lately?!
I would name them as my favorite summer fruit, but just yesterday I declared cherries the ultimate summer produce, and tomorrow peaches will probably claim the title.
I eat tons of fruit throughout the warm months – probably more servings per day than is recommended. Sure, I indulge in some ice cream every now and then, but fresh ripe fruit is my preferred post-meal sweet fix during the summer (in particular, I love combining berries or stone fruit with frozen bananas in the food processor for a quick, healthy, and tasty cool treat).
Back to those berries.
Here’s a way to dress ’em up a bit!
Don’t get me wrong, perfectly juicy berries are tough to beat; but it’s nice to present them in a different way when friends or family come to visit… or when you just feel like treating yourself to something a little special.
A trifecta of organic berries (black-, rasp-, & straw-) are combined with maple syrup, a touch of sugar, lemon juice, and arrowroot powder and cooked down into a luscious sauce.
When chilled, the sauce thickens to a jam-like consistency, and can certainly be spread on toast or incorporated into a sandwich.
Equally at home spooned over ice cream or Greek yogurt, this ruby-hued berry sauce simply tastes like summer.
If you find yourself with an over-abundance of berries, this is the perfect use for them!
Triple Berry Dessert Sauce
yield: about 1 1/2 cups; six 1/4 cup servings
NOTE: If possible, use all organic berries.
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp evaporated cane juice OR other unrefined granulated sugar
- 1 tsp freshly squeezes lemon juice
- 2 tsp arrowroot powder OR cornstarch
- combine the berries, maple syrup, and evaporated cane juice in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook until the berries break down and release their juices, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the arrowroot powder and cook, stirring slowly but constantly, until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Serve spooned over ice cream, frozen yogurt, or Greek yogurt.
- Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Mixture will thicken when chilled, so heat slightly to return it to a pourable consistency.
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Cup Serving:
54.6 calories, 13.6 grams total carbohydrates, 3.2 grams fiber, 7.2 grams sugars, 0.5 grams protein