Easy Healthy Strawberry Compote

February 28, 2022Sew White

For this easy small batch strawberry compote recipe, you only need 2 ingredients to create a beautiful berry compote. This healthy strawberry compote is perfect for use on pancakes, cakes and is brilliant on french toast too. This is a one punnet strawberries compote recipe so you can reduce food waste and just make as much as you need. A must have compote for pancake day.

strawberry compote dripping down a stack of buttermilk pancakes

A very simple compote recipe to whip up when you need a fruity top to dessert or breakfast pancakes. Combine and cook, this strawberry compote couldn’t be easier and I am sure you’ll love it just as much as me. You can make this berry compote ahead of time but if you forget or you want it hot and fresh it only takes a few minutes.

Why you’ll love this strawberry compote recipe

  • This recipe is a 2 ingredient strawberry compore and it’s incredibly low waste!
  • To make a healthy strawberry compote you need one punnet of strawberries and sugar!
  • It’s sweet so perfect for desserts but just sharp enough to not over power you pancakes.
  • Once you’ve made one batch you’ll be hooked!

top view of strawberry compote in a jar with a spoon and ontop of pancakes

Top Questions

What can you put on French toast instead of syrup?
What is compote made of?
Is strawberry compote healthy?
What’s the difference between coulis and compote?

Ingredients

This is one of the simplest ingredients lists ever!

  • Fresh strawberries
  • zest of lemon, it really brings out the flavour of the strawberries. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice would work just as well.
  • Sugar (for extra sweetness – can be optional)

How to make Healthy strawberry compote – step by step

strawberries cut up in a saucepan
fresh strawberries with lemon zest in a saucepan
  • Hull and chop your punnet of strawberries and add them to the saucepan.
  • Add the zest and juice from half a lemon, along with the juice from the other half of the lemon and sugar (optional but really tasty).
fresh strawberries juicy
the finished strawberry compote in a saucepan ready for pancakes
  • Place the saucepan on a low heat and allow the strawberries to break down, the lemon to mix and sugar to dissolve. Miz with a wooden spoon to distribute the flavours evenly.
  • After 5 minutes the mix should be juicy and still have some chunky pieces of strawberry in. It is now ready. You can keep it cooking to make it thicker if you want.
  • Serve straight away for a hot healthy berry compote.
looking down on a stack of golden brown buttermilk pancakes with strawberry compote

Strawberry Compote Top Tips

If you want to use this small batch strawberry compote on a cheesecake or cake then allow it to cool completely before adding to your dessert. Otherwise it may melt the top and the colour from the strawberry juice will run.

Make this compote in small batches to avoid waste. You can keep it in a jar but better to make it and use it straight away. Just one punnet of strawberries is enough for multiple pancakes or slices of French Toast on a Sunday morning.

If you are looking for a thick and healthy compote, continue cooking the mix for longer than the stated 5 mins. Just remember to keep stirring so it doesn’t stick.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many compote uses my top choices have to be;

STRAWBERRY COMPOTE RECIPE FOR CAKE

Allow your compote to cool completely and spoon on top of your favourite buttercream for a beautiful fruity decoration. You can also swap out the strawberry jam from your Victoria sponge and replace it with this compote, it adds a richer flavour than the jam and pairs perfectly with whipped cream and icing sugar.

STRAWBERRY COMPOTE RECIPE FOR FRENCH TOAST

There are few things in this world I love more than breakfast in bed and this lemon strawberry compote on top of freshly cooked French toast is perfect. Pour or spoon the compote over your French toast while its still warm. I would suggest cooking your compote to a thicker consistency before spooning.

STRAWBERRY COMPOTE RECIPE FOR BUTTERMILK PANCAKES

Similar to French Toast, the berry compote works perfectly with buttermilk pancakes (find my recipe below). When its grey outside, warm pancakes and fruity compote are exactly what you need to start your day smiling.

Equipment

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  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Grater ( to zest your lemon)
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
strawberry compote on pancakes

Storing / Making ahead of time options for strawberry compote

This recipe is best when eaten fresh. I have written the recipe specially for minimal waste, that means you only make as much as you need. One punnet of strawberries is enough for two servings of pancakes or French toast. So you can level up or down this recipe as you need.

The compote can be frozen in a freezer suitable container for up to 3 months. Just defrost thoroughly before using.

Substitutions and variations for strawberry compote

SUMMER BERRIES

Just because it’s strawberry season doesn’t stop you from using your favourite berries in this compote. You can add blackberries in or omit the strawberries completely and mix in your own flavours. Raspberries and gooseberries taste like summer and create a really fresh fruit compote.

SUGAR FREE STRAWBERRY COMPOTE

The sugar is optional in this recipe, if you want to leave it out then your compote will still taste amazing! It will be a little sharper and I would reduce the lemon a little depending on your taste. The strawberries have their own sugar and are fresh and a little sweet on their own.

STRAWBERRY AND RASPBERRY COMPOTE

A beautiful mix of flavours to try has to be strawberry and raspberry compote. It’s so fresh and fruity and the mix of berries work so well together. A wonderful small batch strawberry compote for cakes and pancakes.

FAQS

What can you put on French toast instead of syrup?

Healthy Berry Compote is perfect on French Toast! Its not as sweet as syrup and you can make it with any of your favourite summer berries.

What is compote made of?

Strawberry Compote is made of just strawberries, a little sugar and some lemon zest! Other berry compotes have similar ingredients, this is why I love it for being so simple and versatile. This recipe is for a2 ingredient strawberry compote which is made with only one punnet of fresh strawberries. This helps keeps the recipe as low food waste as this amount of compote can easily be eaten with one stack of pancakes for two people.

Is strawberry compote healthy?

Simple Lemon Strawberry compote is healthy, especially if you educe the sugar. It is fresh and fruity, has no additional fats and is packed full of nutrients.

What’s the difference between coulis and compote?

A Compote is less smooth, you leave lumps of fruit and its more likely to be spooned over a dessert. Coulis is smooth, like a thick sauce but they both use the same ingredients.

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Mixed berry compote
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Recipe

Healthy Strawberry Compote

Sisley White
For this easy small batch strawberry compote recipe, you only need 2 ingredients to create a beautiful berry compote. This healthy strawberry compote is perfect for use on pancakes, cakes and is brilliant on french toast too. This is a one punnet of strawberries compote so you can reduce food waste and just make as much as you need. A must have compote for pancake day.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Brunch, Cakes, Dessert, Preserves
Cuisine International
Servings 1 serving
Calories 173 kcal

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • Grater

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g strawberries
  • half lemon (zest and juice of half a lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional if you want it sweeter)

Instructions
 

  • Hull and chop the 250g strawberries and add them to the saucepan.
  • Add the zest and juice from half a lemon, along with the juice from half the lemon and the optional 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Place the saucepan on a low heat and allow the strawberries to break down, the lemon to mix and optional sugar to dissolve.
  • After 5 minutes the mix should be juicy and still have some chunky pieces of strawberry in. It is now ready. You can keep it cooking to make it thicker if you want.
  • Remove from the heat and serve straight away if you want it hot. If you want it for a cheesecake or cake make sure it has cooled before use.

Notes

  • I use half a lemon for this recipe. Half the zest and then half the juice. It is much easier to zest the lemon before cutting it in half.
  • Easily turn this compote recipe into the coulis recipe by putting the finished compote into a blender to make it smooth.
  • Perfect as a compote for french toast, pancakes or as a cake filling.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 383mgFiber: 5gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 147mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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10 Comments

  • Ieva

    March 23, 2022 at 10:01 am

    5 stars
    Great simple recipe! We used it on some vanilla ice cream and wow, what a delicious addition! Will this recipe using other berries too!

    1. Sew White

      March 23, 2022 at 10:21 am

      Oh that sounds lovely. I will have to give it a try.

  • Helen

    March 23, 2022 at 10:04 am

    5 stars
    That looks so fresh and delicious! A great way to use summer strawberries.

    1. Sew White

      March 23, 2022 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Helen. I think it is so moreish. I keep trying to make some to store but I end up eating it with a spoon.

  • Natalie

    March 23, 2022 at 11:59 am

    5 stars
    I have a pack of strawberries in my fridge. I will definitely make this compote and use it for our pancake breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for the idea. Looks amazing. And so easy!

    1. Sew White

      March 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! It is a great small batch.

  • Tayler

    March 23, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    5 stars
    This is my absolute favorite compote recipe! We put it on our French toast this morning!

    1. Sew White

      March 23, 2022 at 12:37 pm

      Oh I need to try it with French toast – that sounds amazing.

  • Gina

    March 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    5 stars
    I could eat this by the spoonful but took a hint from your pictures and dredged some pancakes in it instead – so good! Reminds me of pancakes breakfasts after church as a kid when I’d order a huge strawberry “shortcake” stack 🙂

    1. Sew White

      March 23, 2022 at 12:40 pm

      I can confirm it also works very very well when eaten with a spoon.

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