I’m always trying to find delicious, fast and healthy topping alternatives for pancakes, waffles and french toast. I advocate quick fruit sauces that only require cooking down some frozen or fresh fruit rather than using butter and syrup. This sauce preparation is easy and cooks while the food is being prepared. Ground chia seeds are a effective way to thicken fruit sauce, while also adding nutrition. Most fruit works, but the amount of pure maple syrup may need to be adjusted depending on the type of fruit. For instance, raspberries will require more sweetener than this blueberry sauce. Alternatively, you can skip the chia seeds and just cook down the fruit a little longer.
1 tbsp apple juice (any 100% fruit juice works)
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries (or any fruit)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or to taste)
In a sauce pan, add fruit juice, chia seeds, blueberries and pure maple syrup. Mix together and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until fruit sauce has desired consistency. Serve over pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, etc. The sauce lasts longer because the chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants that serve as a natural preservative.