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This easy mixed berry compote is truly delicious, a perfect combination of tart and sweet. If you are looking for a topping for a breakfast or dessert dish, this is it!Jump to Recipe
This recipe has been a favorite in our family for as long as I can remember. When our family is all together (5 siblings plus their significant others, plus 7 cousins) over a weekend, my mom whips up a large batch of fluffy pancakes, we set out the peanut butter and syrup along with this delicious compote and have a wonderfully filling plant based breakfast to bring back all the memories from times passed.
I have since made this recipe for my family wherever we have lived around the world, Thailand, Korea, and Lebanon, reminding me of home and family. Read more about me here.
What is compote?
Compote is fresh or frozen berries, sweetened, cooked down, and thickened into a sauce.
Fresh or Frozen
I usually use frozen berries for this recipe. If I happen to have fresh fruit on hand, I use it, but since I make this recipe year round, and close to once a week, I find that using frozen berries is a lot more practical in general. I keep my freezer stocked with frozen berries, either blackberries that I've picked on our property over the summer, or store bought berries.
Ideally, I'll freeze all my own fruit to use in the months when we don't have fresh berries, but my freezer space is limited right now, so I have to rely on Costco for my supply of frozen fruit.
What kind of fruit is the best?
My go to is mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries) and I buy a separate bag of strawberries. The raspberries and blackberries give a nice tang, while the blueberries and strawberries add the sweetness.
But honestly, this recipe can take any fruit you want to throw in
- Pears and rasperries
- Peaches and blackberries
- Strawberries and blueberries
The combinations are endless! Pick your favorite fruits and go for it!
How to make this easy mixed berry compote
- Add 4-5 cups of your favorite fruit. Here I'm using half strawberries, half mixed berry (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries).
- Pour a small amount of water over the berries, just to keep them from sticking.
- Turn on the heat to medium/high.
- Add sweetener. I use agave.
- Leave the berries to simmer while you prepare the cornstarch.
- Once the berries have thawed and are juicy, it's time to mash them.
- Mash the berries with a potato masher.
- While the berries are still bubbling, add the cornstarch mixing constantly so the cornstarch doesn't clump.
- Turn the heat off when the milky look from the cornstarch is gone, about 30 seconds, and the berries have thickened.
- Serve and Enjoy!
How I use this easy mixed berry compote
5 cups of compote may seem like a lot if you have a small family, but let me just say that there are so many uses for this sauce! So having a little leftovers is never a bad thing.
Here are a few of my tried and true suggestions:
- Served hot over pancakes with peanut better
- Over my fluffy biscuits
- Served cold On top of my homemade yogurt along with my granola recipe
- We also love it over toast
- Served on top of a plant based cheesecake. You can find the recipe I use in this amazing cookbook found here. Or this one from the minimalistbaker.com
- Served over homemade ice cream or frozen yogurt
How long does this compote keep in the refrigerator?
It keeps for about 1 week. Much longer than that and it loses its flavor and starts to separate.
However you choose to use this recipe, I hope you enjoy it! Tag me in your picture, and let me know what you think!
Easy mixed berry compote from scratch
- Potato masher
- 2 cups Mixed berries
- 3 cups Strawberries
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Agave
For the corn starch mixture
- 2 Tbsp Corn starch
- 1/4 cup tap water
- Add berries, water, and agave to a pot and let cook over medium/high heat. stirring occasionally.
- While the berries cook down, mix the cornstarch and water together and set aside.
- Once the berries are soft mash them with a potato masher.
- Now give the cornstarch a quick stir and then slowly add to the boiling berries stirring quickly as you pour it in.
- Keep stirring till the berries are thickened and the milky look from the corn starch is gone. About 30 seconds or so.
- Remove from heat and serve.