This easy berry compote recipe can be made with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or any other fruit or berry that you want. It is vegan and gluten-free and makes the perfect topping for vegan cheesecake or ice cream! Plus, you can make it in about 5 minutes with ingredients that you probably already have in your house.
❔What is berry compote?
Berry compote is simply berries cooked, typically with sugar, and turned into a sauce for serving over desserts.
🥄 How to make the berry sauce
Step 1 - Start by using any fresh or frozen berry of your choice and heat it in a saucepan with some sugar, water, and cornstarch.
Step 2 - Bring the berries to a boil and allow them to cook down for about 2-3 minutes.
Step 3 - Turn off the heat and allow it to cool a little. It's that easy!
🍬 Sugar-free instructions
Yes! If you are trying to avoid processed sugar, simply leave the sugar out or replace it with maple syrup or your favorite sugar alternative. If you don’t like things too sweet, you may find that the berries are sweet enough to make a delicious compote.
🍨 Serving suggestions
Use berry compote on vegan cheesecake or turn a boring bowl of vegan ice cream into an ice cream Sunday! It can also turn plain soy yogurt into your favorite berry flavor as well.
You can serve it either hot or cold. Served hot, it will melt your ice cream a little - that could be a good or a bad thing, you decide.
🍓 Strawberry compote
For the strawberry compote, chop up the strawberries into smaller pieces before making the sauce. Most other berries are small enough that they don't need to be cut, but large strawberries are way too large to cook down into a nice sauce.
Keep the berry compote in the fridge for about 2 weeks when kept in a sealed container.
Enjoy your berry compote over an easy no-bake vegan cheesecake or over some aquafaba ice cream!
Make a vegan ice cream Sunday bar! Make a batch of vegan salted caramel sauce too and let the kids build their own Sundays!
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📋 Berry compote recipe
Berry Compote - Berry Sauce
- 1 1/2 cup berries of choice (fresh or frozen)
- 3 tbsp sugar or sweetener of choice
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Add berries to a small saucepan and sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice.
- Heat the berries on medium-low until they start to release their juices.
- In a separate bowl, mix corn starch (or arrowroot) and cold water and then pour it into the berries and stir well.
- Stir constantly and continue to heat the berry sauce until after it has boiled for about 30 seconds.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Then serve either hot or refrigerate and serve cold later.
- You can adjust sugar to taste.
- Blueberry compote tastes really good with a dash of cinnamon as well.
- If it thickens up too much, thin with a small amount of water until desired consistency. (It will get thicker as it cools).
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This is so easy and soooo good. I was wondering if I can freeze some in smaller containers.
Thanks, Gail. I'm so happy that you like it. It should be fine to freeze. Enjoy! 🙂
Great recipe! I strayed a bit from the original recipe by only using 2 tbsp of sugar, and although I used lemon zest, I substituted lemon juice for lime juice. Delicious!
I'm happy that you enjoyed it! 🙂
Michal Tuttle says
My husband said this the best compote I have ever made. I used blueberries and it was great!! It is only the second time I ever made one. Hands down, I am trying more fruits!!
I'm so happy that it worked well for you! It makes a delicious sauce from any berry! 🙂
I love making fruit compote - already did twice this week to use up some fruit that might have otherwise gone bad - the first time using berries and the second time apples, strawberries and grapes. A weirder but still fantastic combination. Eating some right now! Thanks for sharing a simple and great idea!
So happy that you like it, Beth!
Loved the compote and I followed directions and smiled the entire time I stirred 😁
LOL! Thanks for drawing my attention to that typo! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Michelle Hogan says
Are the 36 calories figured using a sugar alternative or regular processed sugar? Thanks for the recipe...we are looking forward to having it tonight!
It is calculated with regular processed sugar. Hope that you enjoyed the sauce! 🙂
I just made this with strawberries to put over ice cream. It came out perfect! My kids loved having strawberry ice cream Sundays!
Hi Ann, I'm so happy to hear this! I haven't had a strawberry Sunday since I was a kid until I make strawberry compote recently. It brings back memories! I'm so happy to hear that your kids liked it!