Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Sauce

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This sauce is thickened and sweetened with dried pineapple pieces which are a most delicious compliment to the strawberries. A couple additional versions are shared in the Note below the recipe.

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I like to freeze berries in the summer because we can buy ones that have great flavor.  For those who do not have a lot of freezer space, Grocery Outlet sells organic frozen fruit. Either way it is a great treat over pancakes, waffles, nice cream, and banana splits. One of our favorites is cooked whole-grain cornmeal with sliced bananas, strawberry sauce and plant milk–now that’s a breakfast!

Canned pineapple does not give the same result in flavor or texture.  If you can only find dried pineapple in rings, cut them into small pieces before using them.

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Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Sauce


Ingredients:

1 qt. strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup dried pineapple pieces, not those that are dried like little brooms!

See Note below for more options without the pineapple.


Instructions:
  1. Soak thawed berries and dried pineapple overnight in fridge, or if using fresh berries, soften pineapple in boiling water for a few minutes and drain.
  2. Combine in blender and blend until pineapple is smooth.
  3. Serve at room temperature over waffles, pancakes, or ice cream with berries.
  4. Use within 2 days, or freeze for a later date.

Notes:

These options will not be as sweet, but for those who have toned down their sweet tooth and choose healthier options, they are easy to make.  The applesauce option also works wonderfully for thickening and sweetening blueberries.

Option 1:

Blend berries with a ripe banana.  Just have sufficient berries per banana so they are the dominant flavor. This is a quick and easy version that does require sweeter berries and results in a thinner more syrupy sauce.  You can always add a tablespoon of date syrup or syrup of your choice to boost the sweetness further. *

Option 2:

Strawberry-applesauce is another option. Just blend some thawed berries with your applesauce.  Our homemade applesauce, which is very sweet even though it has no added sugar, works great for sweetening and thickening the berries.  You could also sweeten it further with a tablespoon of date syrup or syrup of your choice.*

Option 3:

Mash berries to desired consistency (if frozen, thaw in the microwave or on med-low with a cover on your kettle).  When they are juicy and thawed just enough to mash, mash to desired consistency, add a tablespoon of date syrup (or syrup of your choice) and serve.  Do not heat until cooked or warm, strawberries are best at room temperature.

 

*If you use cornstarch, an organic instant clearjel is a great way to thicken sauces, sweet or savory.  Just add a teaspoon to a tablespoon, depending the quantity of sauce.  Add while the blender is running on low.  It takes it a minute to thicken, so don’t keep adding more until you see how thick it has become.