ain’t jemina berries syrup

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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

To prepare: 

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).

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  1. This is my 4 year old’s new favourite topping for her pancakes and waffles! We make it all the time and enjoy combining different fruit for different flavours. So glad this maple-syrup addicted child has a healthier version to enjoy. No more arguments about her wanting more syrup!!

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