Easy Blueberry Sauce Recipe (2024)

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You’re 10 minutes away from serving a gorgeous blueberry sauce bursting with blueberries over pancakes, waffles, vegan ice cream, and more.

Serve this sauce over simple vegan pancakes to make breakfast something special!

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I’m always looking for simple hacks to transform my meals from good to great. What I’ve discovered is that toppings make all the difference. That’s why I love this homemade blueberry syrup recipe so much! It transforms something as simple as pancakes into a luxurious breakfast!

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What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Adding lemon juice brightens the flavor and cuts the sweetness of this sauce
  • Just enough sugar is added to sweeten the fruit without overpowering the flavor of the blueberries
  • Cornstarch is added to thicken the berries’ juices.
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Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Cornstarch — This my thickener of choice. Substitute arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.
  • Granulated sugar — for a healthy blueberry sauce, use either a zero-calorie sweetener (such as monkfruit) or use coconut sugar.
  • Water — adding just a bit of water creates a nice consistency.
  • Blueberries — Fresh or frozen blueberries work great.
  • Lemon juice — lemon and blueberries are a nice flavor combination and we’re adding just a bit of lemon juice (fresh or bottled) to enhance the sauce’s flavor.

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What Blueberries are Best for Blueberry Sauce?

When buying fresh blueberries, choose berries that are plump and smooth-skinned. The color of the berries is an indicator of ripeness (not the size of the berries), so choose berries that are deep purple-blue. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries with this recipe. Frozen blueberries are great because they’re frozen at the peak of ripeness, and they hold their shape better while cooking.

How to Make Blueberry Sauce

Let’s talk about making this blueberry reduction.

Here are two ways to make this tasty syrup:

  1. Stir cornstarch to a saucepan along with sugar and water.
  2. Add the blueberries.
  3. Stir it together and then turn up the heat up to medium to bring it to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for a minute or two until the sauce thickens.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice.
  6. Transfer it to a lidded jar and set it aside to cool completely.
  7. Add the lid and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Marly’s Tips

You can add different seasonings, such as a ½ teaspoon of vanilla, lemon zest, a few sprigs of dried thyme, rosemary, or even basil. There are lots of great flavor profiles that complement blueberries.

Making Blueberry Sauce in a Microwave

Here are the steps to make your blueberry sauce in the microwave:

  1. Use a sturdy pyrex measuring cup or a tall microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Stir together the ingredients as directed above.
  3. Microwave for one minute, then stir.
  4. Repeat this in 30-second increments until the sauce thickens.
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How to Enhance Blueberry Flavor

You can add a blueberry flavor boost by adding a bit of coriander to your blueberry sauce. I’d suggest adding no more than a quarter teaspoon of dried coriander is necessary. We want to enhance the flavor, not overwhelm it.

In addition, the lemon juice also helps enhance the flavor in this tasty blueberry sauce recipe.

Storage Tips

Once the sauce cools, pour it into a sealable container, like a mason jar and store it in the fridge. This sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Frequently-Asked Questions

How do you thicken a berry sauce?

Cornstarch is a great thickener for a berry sauce because it creates a perfect consistency. If your sauce is too thick, add a little more water or if it’s too thin, you can add cornstarch combined with water and bring the sauce to a boil.

How can I thicken sauce without cornstarch?

Cornstarch is a favorite thickener, but there are options you can use besides cornstarch. For example, agar agar flakes make a great zero carb thickener. You can also use arrowroot powder and even tapioca starch as a thickener.

Reader Reviews

First time in making a sauce like this. Easy and very good. I’ll be making it again.


I love this easy blueberry sauce. I cannot eat my waffles without it!

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How to Use Blueberry Sauce

There are so many ways to use a tasty blueberry topping. Drizzle it over:

  • Pancakes or Waffles
  • Vegan Ice Cream
  • Vegan Cheesecake
  • Vegan Pound Cake
  • Banana Chia Pudding.

You can get creative with the ways you use this sauce.

More Berry Recipes

So, you’ve made this blueberry sauce for cheesecake, and now you’re ready for even more blueberry recipes. Here are some favorites to tickle your taste buds:

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Cake

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Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

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Here are even more delicious blueberry dessert recipes for your festive parties all year long!

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Easy Blueberry Sauce

Make this delicious blueberry sauce and use it as a topping for vegan cheesecake, pancakes, puddings, and more!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 74kcal

Author: Marly McMillen


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Prepare the blueberry sauce by adding the cornstarch to a saucepan.

  • Add sugar.

  • Now, stir in the water.

  • Add the blueberries.

  • Stir together then turn up the heat to bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for a minute or two until a thick sauce forms.

  • Remove from heat and gently stir in lemon juice.

  • Once the sauce cools, pour into a sealable container, like a mason jar, and store in the fridge.

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Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Easy Blueberry Sauce Recipe (2024)


How do you make blueberries more flavorful? ›

The simplest is simply to macerate them with sugar. Mix the berries with a few tablespoons of sugar and some citrus zest. Blueberries pair well with lime but orange or lemon would work as well. You'll want to mash a few berries to release the juice but leave most of them whole.

How do you sweeten blueberries quickly? ›

Macerating—soaking or steeping in liquid and/or sweetener—is one of the easiest and fastest ways to doctor up sub-par berries. Toss them in sugar, honey, or maple syrup, along with a little fresh juice or alcohol (an herbal liqueur, like elderflower spirit, would be great).

How do you intensify blueberry flavor? ›

Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest

The zest of one lemon and one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice are all you need to elevate the flavor. Just add the juice and zest to your blueberry muffin mix and bake as usual. The lemony tang adds a new flavor profile and you might never make blueberry muffins without lemon juice again.

How to prepare blueberries? ›

Wait until before cooking, eating or freezing your berries to rinse and dry them to preserve their shelf life. Compost any stems, discolored or mushy berries. Simmer then mash blueberries to release their color and flavor, then mix with acid, oil and seasonings to make an overnight marinade for roasted meats and fish.

What spices enhance blueberries? ›

Don't forget about spices and herbs. Blueberries pair well with basil, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, lemon, thyme, nutmeg, rosemary, mint, and many more!

What happens when you add sugar to blueberries? ›

The process of adding sugar (or in some cases, a splash of liqueur for additional flavor) to fruit and letting it steep over time is known as maceration. In addition to enhancing their natural sweetness, macerating amplifies berries' natural flavor.

Why add flour to blueberries? ›

The light coating of flour around the berries will absorb some of the fruit's liquid, making them less likely to sink. This is especially helpful when the batter is thin; thicker batters are a little better at cradling the fruit and keeping it suspended.

What happens if you add baking soda to blueberries? ›

Blueberry Baking Chemistry

Blueberries turn greenish-blue in a batter that has too much baking soda (or grey in a smoothie with a lot of dairy), which creates an alkaline environment. That's why mixing a little lemon juice into your batter or smoothie will give you a more vibrant color.

Do blueberries get sweeter after cooking? ›

However, the best trick for sweetening up a bitter batch of berries is to cook them down. As the juice of the berries is released, the berries will turn sweeter, especially when combined with sugar, honey, and spices.

What flavor pairs well with blueberry? ›

If you refer to the diagram above, you'll see that blueberries also have a certain malty scent, which pairs well with cherries, almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, bananas, lychees, avocados and elderflower.

Why are my blueberries so bland? ›

I think it may be that the root systems are more developed and have access to more nutrients. Picking them a little before they are fully ripe may also give them a more tangy flavor. Blueberries may turn blue before they are fully ripe, maybe wait a little longer and see if the flavor improves?

What do coffee grounds do for blueberries? ›

Coffee grounds are highly acidic, they note, so they should be reserved for acid-loving plants like azaleas and blueberries. And if your soil is already high in nitrogen, the extra boost from coffee grounds could stunt the growth of fruits and flowers.

Why do you add lemon juice to blueberries? ›

Lemon can enhance the flavor of blueberries by adding a touch of acidity that brings out their natural sweetness. Both lemon and blueberry are versatile flavors that can be used in a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory.

Do blueberries need vinegar? ›

One of the cardinal rules of keeping berries mold-free is to leave them unwashed until the moment before consumption. But, by washing your berries in a solution of vinegar and water, you can extend their shelf-life by days (sometimes even weeks!).

Can dogs eat blueberries? ›

Yes, blueberries are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They also contain antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K. These nutrients support the immune system and contribute to overall health. Adding blueberries to your dog's diet is a great way to help keep him happy and healthy.

Why do my blueberries have no flavor? ›

It's not you. Most commercially grown blueberries, including those at pick-it-yourself farms, are bred for size and, in some cases, sweetness. If they're ripe they may taste sweet but there's not much of a distinctive flavor.


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