Sunday, March 11, 2012

Maple Syrup Alternative

I have been trying to be creative with stretching my expensive natural maple syrup amongst our growing family. 
Besides being a syrup Nazi (i.e. "WHOAH! THAT'S ENOUGH!)
Uh hem...

One of the ways I have discovered (that my children actually like) is making a simple berry sauce to have on our pancakes and wafflesMy 7 year old even makes it for us now. 

We use whatever frozen berries we have on hand. So far it's been blueberries, strawberries, and triple berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)

Natalie's Berry Sauce

1 1/2 cups frozen berries
1/2 - 1 cup of water
1-2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch (dissolved in 2 Tab. of cold water)
1/4 cup sweetener of choice- agave, honey, rapadura etc. (use more if using a tarter berry such as strawberries)

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until desired thickness is reached. You may adjust the  consistency by increasing the arrowroot/ cornstarch powder or decreasing/increasing the amount of water. You can blend it with  a hand blender if you prefer a smoother texture or even strain through a sieve to make a true syrup. Enjoy!

Linking up with the  Pennywise Platter at the Nourishing Gourmet

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