Instead of an artificial breakfast syrup, we prefer this healthier topping alternative that takes only 5 minutes to prepare. My fruit-based Ain’t Jemima syrups are higher in fibre and nutrients than a store-bought syrup, and free of refined sugar. There are three different flavours featured in my cookbook: Ain’t Jemima Berries, Strawberry Banana and Strawberry Orange. They are all delicious over pancakes, waffles, plain yoghurt and berries or even as a quick topping for a home-baked cake. Try this berry-based syrup and see what you think!
1 cup fresh or frozen berries (any type, or combination of types)
1 cup water
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp arrowroot powder (a thickener, available at the local natural food store. You can also use cornstarch)
1 tsp natural vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into saucepan and heat over medium heat until begins to boil, remove from heat and whisk for 3 minute, until thickened. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
You can store leftovers in the fridge, but will need to re-warm it on the stove before using, it will thicken significantly when chilled. It also freezes well, so keep a few “family-sized” portions in the freezer to thaw out on weekday mornings.
Serves: 6 (1/4 cup servings).