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This Easy Strawberry Compote recipe is super quick and requires minimal effort. Ready in under 15 minutes from start to finish, it cooks in less than 10 minutes. All you need is one pound of fresh strawberries, 1 lemon, and sugar to make this decadent waffle, cheesecake, or pancake topping.
We paired our strawberry compote with some delicious Van’s® Gluten Free Original Waffles and fresh fruit for a wholesome breakfast.
Personally, I love starting my day with wholesome foods now that I have changed my lifestyle. Treats like fresh strawberry compote pair perfectly with Van’s Organic Waffles. They are free from cholesterol, dairy, egg, artificial anything, and Non-GMO project verified. Each serving contains 5g of whole grains & 4 grams of protein.
Van’s Waffles, and snack products have been important for our family for years. Our youngest daughter has to live a gluten free lifestyle for the start of her younger childhood years. We bought their Gluten-Free Original Waffles religiously because she loved them.
Made with whole grain brown rice flour, they have a light, crispy texture and flavor. They contain a whopping 21-23 grams of whole grains & are sweetened with juice! Plus, they are free from cholesterol, dairy, egg, artificial anything, and Non-GMO project verified.
As mentioned, Van’s Waffles pair extremely well with our quick, easy, and wholesome fresh strawberry compote. This waffles topping is almost fool-proof to make, but has such a decadent taste.
Make Strawberry Compote
To make strawberry compote you are going to need a 6-quart small saucepan, a cutting board, paring knife, and zester.
You will also need the following common kitchen ingredients:
Strawberry Compote Ingredients
Strawberries. I used one lb of fresh strawberry that were washed, dried, hulled, and halved.
Lemon. One large lemon half is all this recipe will need. You will squeeze 2 tablespoons of juice from it and zest that very same half.
Sugar. 2-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar is all you need. You can also use honey if you prefer. I notice the honey flavor does get amplified when heated so if you like that, then by all means use honey.
Using Frozen Berries
You can use frozen, whole strawberries for this. Since they are typically pretty tart, I find myself needing to increase the sugar by 1-2 tablespoons.
Add all ingredient to your saucepan. Over medium-low heat stir occasionally until boiling.
Reduce heat to a simmer for 3 additional minutes. *see recipe card for full instructions.
Do I need a thickener?
The answer, is no. You do not need a thickener since this fruit produces natural pectin and thickens as it cools.
This breakfast was absolutely delicious and wholesome. I love how hearty the Van’s Organic Waffles were. They held up perfectly with my fresh strawberry topping.
Find Van’s crackers, waffles, and bars at retailers like Stop & Shop in the organic aisle.
They are available in lots of flavors to suit most lifestyles and flavor preferences. Their Multigrain Crackers have 16g of whole grains including oats, quinoa and amaranth. Pair them with fruits & fresh cheeses.
Quick & Easy Strawberry Compote
- 1 lb fresh strawberries
- 2 tbsps. granulated sugar
- 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice (half a large lemon)
- 1 tsp fresh lemon zest (half a large lemon)
- 2 Van's Organic Waffles *or your preferred flavor.
- Wash and dry fresh strawberries.
- Carefully hull each one. (slice off stems and white parts).
- Slice berries in half.
- Cut your lemon in half and squeeze out the juice. Be sure to remove any seeds.
- Zest one half of the lemon. I zested the juiced portion and saved the other side for lemon water.
- Add berries, juice, sugar, and zest to a 6-quart saucepan.
- Over medium-low heat warm berries until boiling. Be sure to stir the mixture frequently.
- One boiling, reduce to a simmer for about 3 minutes. You want the berries to be tender, but not mush. It is okay if some retain their shape.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Toast Van's Original Waffles. Feel free to increase waffles to cater to your family size.
- Serve compote warm over Van's Organic Waffles (or your favorite flavor).
- I place mine in a jar and allowed it to cool before storing in the fridge.
- Stored properly in a jar, this lasts two weeks in the fridge.