This delightful mixed berry compote is the perfect topping for French toast or vanilla ice cream, or for spooning over your favourite overnight oats. This simple sauce can be made from fresh berries, or make it any time of year using frozen berries.
When I'm doing my meal prep, this easy mixed berry compote recipe is one of my go-to things to make. Why? Because it is so versatile and increases flavour (and antioxidants!) to so many dishes. Having it in an airtight container in the fridge makes whipping together a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack SO much easier.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- made using just 3 simple ingredients!
- made refined sugar free by using pure maple syrup.
- perfect for topping your favourite breakfast foods like chia pudding, porridge or overnight oats.
What is Fruit Compote
Fruit compote is a quick and simple sauce made from seasonal fruits, cooked down in a saucepan with water and a sweetener (like maple syrup or sugar). It is a great way to use up overripe fruits such as stone fruits and berries.
Simply remove any large seeds from the whole fruit and slice into smaller pieces or use whole berries. My simple mixed berry compote is made using frozen berries but you can use fresh fruit as well! Berries can be thrown in whole
Ingredients & Substitutions
This quick berry compote is made using just 3 easy to find ingredients.
- frozen mixed berries - swap for fresh summer berries. You could also use all frozen or fresh blueberries or raspberries if that's what you have on hand.
- pure maple syrup - feel free to use honey or brown sugar in place of maple syrup.
For ingredient quantities see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- medium sized or small saucepan
- measuring cups and spoons
- wooden spoon
- airtight container or jar
I always encourage you to get creative in the kitchen! Not only because it's so much fun but also because we often have ingredients that we need to use up and getting creative with recipes is one of the best ways to do that! Here are some variations to this recipe that you can make:
- orange - add orange juice (instead of water), a tablespoon of orange liqueur or orange zest to the berries before simmering.
- lemon/lime: add fresh lemon juice, lemon zest or lime juice or zest to the berries before simmering.
- vanilla: add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or the seeds from a vanilla bean pod to the mixture.
- black pepper: spice things up a little with a few cracks of black pepper as well as cinnamon and nutmeg.
- chia seeds: add a tablespoon of chia seeds to make a chia jam.
Step-By-Step With Pictures
See how to make this easy recipe following the step-by-step instructions below.
Add the berries, water and maple syrup to a medium sized saucepan (along with any other ingredients from the variations above). Mix together using a wooden spoon.
Bring the berries to a gentle simmer on a medium heat, stirring frequently to help break up the berries as they cook. This will take around 15 minutes, however the cooking time will vary depending on how high the temperature.
Store. Allow the berries to cool to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Ideas for Using Mixed Berry Compote
Berry compote is a healthy topping and can be used to add flavour and depth to a range of different foods. Here are some of my favorite ways to use this berry recipe:
- serve with pound cake or angel food cake alongside a dollop of coconut yogurt (or other plain yogurt) or cream.
- use to top chia pudding, overnight oats, oatmeal or yoghurt.
- spoon over ice cream for a delicious dessert.
- spoon over the top of pancakes.
- spread on toast.
- Medium saucepan or small saucepan
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Airtight container
- 2 cups mixed berries frozen
- ⅓ cup water
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Add the berries, maple syrup and water to a saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a medium hit.
- Stir the berries frequently to break up the berries. Simmer for around 15 minutes or until the liquid begins to reduce.
- Turn off the heat and allow the berry compote to reduce to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.