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The Best Homemade Berry Sauce

Recipe By: Bruce Bradley
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Desserts & Treats

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Basic Berry Sauce

  • 2 cup berries fresh or frozen
  • 4-6 tablespoons maple syrup to taste depending on the tartness of your berries
  • 2/3 cup water

Optional Additions

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • In a small saucepan add berries, maple syrup, and water. Simmer over medium-low heat for 6-10 minutes or until the berries have softened. If adding the optional additions, mix them in a minute or two before you remove the berry sauce from the heat.
  • If you desire a smooth sauce, use a counter top blender or immersion blender and puree until smooth.
  • Cool and serve immediately, refrigerate, or freeze. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about one week or in the freezer for up to a year.


We recommend organic ingredients when possible, especially when it comes to strawberries since they are on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen produce list.
If you want a very smooth, translucent sauce and you're using a berry with larger seeds (like raspberries or blackberries), you may want to run the cooked berries through a food mill or strain them through a sieve or piece of cheesecloth before blending.