Simple Berry Compote

I hosted a waffle brunch once. It’s true.

Have you ever attended a waffle brunch? It’s a breakfast party wherein the host provides hot, fresh waffles and the guests bring his or her favorite toppings. It’s like a waffle bar, and it’s quite lovely.

You know what? You should host one yourself. And if you do, be sure to have plenty of this simple, 2-ingredient compote on hand. It’s sure to be the most popular topping of all.

For my waffle brunch, my friend Lauren made a version of this compote, only she went with fresh ginger and blueberries she picked from her garden. Yes, she’s that cool.

Anyway, I’d never made compote before and she taught me how.

The concept is simple: Throw your favorite fresh or frozen fruit (berries and stone fruit work best) into a pot and add a little juice to get a sauce going. If your fruit is sour, add a little sugar. For more flavor, add ginger, cinnamon, or another spice of choice.

For this very summery version I went with half cherries, half strawberries and a splash of orange juice for a fresh citrus touch.

The best part? It comes together in just 20 minutes. And once it’s done, you can put it on everything:

French toast
Coconut cream PIE french toast
Ice cream sundaes

You get the drift. It’s so warm and fruity and delicious you’d never guess it was mega healthy for your bones.

You’re gonna love this compote. It’s

Perfectly sweet
Subtly tart
Loaded with antioxidants
& Perfect for all your breakfast-topping needs

If you make this compote, let us know in the comments or by tagging a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We love to see what you’re cooking up. Cheers!

Simple Berry Compote

2-ingredient fruit compote that requires just 1 pot and 15 minutes! Perfect for waffles, French toast, sundaes, oatmeal, and more.Author Minimalist Baker Print SAVE SAVED

4.82 from 72 votes Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 6Course Breakfast, DessertCuisine Gluten-Free, VeganFreezer Friendly 1 Month (in ice cube trays)Does it keep? 1 Week

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3 cups fresh or frozen fruit (we used 1/2 strawberries, 1/2 bing cherries)3 Tbsp orange juice


1/4 tsp ground cinnamon1/4 tsp fresh or ground ginger1 tsp raw sugar1 tsp chia seeds (add after removing from heat)


Place fruit and juice in a small saucepan and bring to medium heat.Once bubbling, reduce heat slightly and use a wooden spoon to muddle and mash the fruit.Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, occasionally mashing fruit to combine. Turn off heat and add optional add-ins at this point (cinnamon, ginger, sugar, chia seeds).Remove from heat and transfer to a clean jar or container to cool thoroughly. Store in the fridge up to 1 week or freeze in ice cube molds up to 1 month. Reheat to serve with oats, pancakes, waffles, french toast, and more!


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 27 Carbohydrates: 6.3 g Protein: 0.5 g Fat: 0.2 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Sugar: 4.2 g

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