Simple Organic Blueberry Syrup Recipe
Switching from maple syrup to a fruit syrup on our pancakes, waffles, and french toast is not only economical, but it’s also good for kids! Most syrup you purchase at the store has nothing natural in it at all. In fact, it’s generally nothing more than high fructose corn syrup and maple flavoring! And considering the cost of pure maple syrup, we follow a super simple recipe for fruit syrup instead.
Making syrup from fruit is another way to incorporate some sweetness to pancakes and waffles. Some kids just don’t like to top their pancakes with whole pieces of fruit. It’s a texture issue for some, or a “food touching” problem. Blending up the fruit instead and using it as a dip or pouring it on the top can be the perfect way to get them to include fruit in their breakfast.
In order to enjoy organic berry syrup in the middle of winter, we always start with Cascadian Farms organic frozen fruit. We are HUGE fans of frozen berries here. Recently, Natalie and I visited the organic farm where Cascadian Farm blueberries are grown. You can read more about their organic practices here.
The important thing to know is that freezing fruit is the best way to eat nutrient dense foods when they are not in season. Fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen quickly to preserve the nutrients. Otherwise, when you purchase fresh/raw berries when they are not in season, they are picked before they reach their ripeness, meaning they’ve had less time to develop the peak amount of nutrients possible for that food. Then, that fruit or vegetable travels many miles, and often crossing country borders to bring it to our grocery stores, where they sit and wait for you to purchase. Not only are they not as nutrient dense, but they also don’t taste as good!
And why do we choose blueberries? Blueberries are a super food! Rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, blueberries have been show to promote brain health and inhibit cancer growth!
We prefer getting our off-season produce in the freezer section.
Organic frozen fruit is also less expensive than fresh organic fruit! So, for organic blueberry syrup in the winter time, get Organic frozen blueberries!
To make our syrup, we use the unthawed blueberries, honey, and a little bit o f water. We add it to a pot, and turn the heat on medium high. With the back of a wooden spoon, we break up the blueberries until they are warm and start to burst open.
Once the berries have warmed up and burst open, I transfer it all to a blender, and blend and blend and blend. We like our syrup super smooth (like the store), rather than chunky.
We then return the mixture to the pot and continue to heat it while stirring until it’s thoroughly warm and the mixture begins to reduce and thicken.
Then, the syrup gets poured into little mini cups for dipping!
Organic Blueberry Syrup
- 3 cup blueberries, frozen
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup water
- Place the unthawed blueberries, honey, and the water in a pot. Turn the heat on medium high. With the back of a wooden spoon, break up the blueberries until they are warm and start to burst open.
- Once the berries have warmed up and burst open, transfer it all to a blender, and blend and blend and blend.
- Return the mixture to the pot and continue to heat it while stirring until it’s thoroughly warm and the mixture begins to reduce and thicken.
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Can this syrup be stored in the refrigerator? Or do you need to make a fresh batch everytime?
What about storing? If I make any I would like to keep some refrigerated. Will it go bad too soon?
@Lynn @Michelle- you can make a lot and put it in the fridge. But I wouldn’t keep for more than 1 week or 7 days.
Instead of using honey to sweeten I use maple syrup to sweeten my blueberry syrup! Yummmmmmm.
Looks yummy! Can I use an immersion blender right in the pot?
Carey- an immersion blender would be great! I wish I had one!
Will try to make this this weekend! Have also tried other fruits? Thanks for sharing.
Yes Valerie, I’ve done it with almost every fruit! It’s all delicious!
Have you tried freezing this? We’d never go through this much syrup in a week! Thanks!
I haven’t Sarah- but if you do, rather than re-heating for syrup, I would probably just throw it into a smoothie!
Can this be done with strawberries instead of blueberries??
Yes Shauna! It works great- same instructions!
I cracked my blender when I poured in the blueberries. I’m now without a blender!
Oh no! from the heat? What kind of blender do you have?
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Can this syrup be put through canning process and stored?
I like this recipe! It’s great. I needed a substitute for maple syrup because it’s expensive. And also this is healthy with the blueberries
Love this Blueberry Syrup Recipe! Great images! Thanks for sharing!