When life gives you blueberries, make blueberry compote!
This is a great way to make compote because it’s simple, lower in sugar than most jellies and jams, and lets the flavor of the blueberries shine. The best part? All the ingredients are NATURAL!
The thing is, most store-bought jam is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial colors, flavoring and unnecessary ingredients. This recipe takes the guesswork out of knowing if your jam is a healthy addition to your meal or nothing more than a real-food imposter.
Help your kiddos understand the difference
When you make your own healthier version of jelly or jam, help your kids understand the difference between store-bought and homemade. Otherwise, they may think they’re one in the same.
If you really want to get them involved, you can even make it a fun activity next time you go to the grocery store. Do most jelly labels use real food ingredients or hardly any? Let them take a look and guess!
If you’re in a pinch
While there’s nothing like homemade jam (there’s really no comparison), we understand that life is hectic and occasionally you may not have an extra 15 minutes to make this jam. In those instances, the closest real-food version we’ve been able to find is St. Dalfour’s fruit spread. While this spread doesn’t use organic berries, it does use mostly simple ingredients (strawberries, unsweetened fruit juice concentrates, fruit pectin and lemon juice). Homemade is always the way to go but when you’re in a pinch, try THIS.
There are so many fun ways to use this jam, Get creative!
- Top your toast, waffles, pancakes
- PB and J’s (You’re never too old to be a kid again.)
- A delicious way to add some serious flavor to plain yogurt
- Top a dessert (ice cream, homemade cheesecake)
When life gives you blueberries, make blueberry compote! This is a great way to make compote because it’s simple, lower in sugar than most jellies and jams, and lets the flavor of the blueberries shine. The best part? All the ingredients are NATURAL! We often use it to top our toast, waffles, pancakes or, in my personal favorite, PB and J’s. (You’re never too old to be a kid again.) Get creative! It’s even a delicious way to add some serious flavor to plain yogurt, ice cream, homemade cheesecake or… the list goes on and on!
- In a medium saucepan, add blueberries, lemon juice and enough water to cover 1/4 inch of pot.
- Allow blueberries to simmer on medium heat for 3-5 minutes; add honey. Continue simmering blueberries, stirring frequently and mashing the blueberries with a fork or the back of a spoon as they cook down.
- Continue to simmer, mash and cook down blueberries until almost all of the water has evaporated (approximately 20-30 minutes). The more the water evaporates, the more frequently you will need to stir. When blueberries are completely mashed and have reached a syrupy consistency, remove from heat.
- Serve immediately or place in a glass jar, allow to cool completely (about 2-3 hours) and store in the fridge for later use!
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
- Serving Size: 6