Although we can get blueberries any time of the year—especially now that frozen blueberries are stocked in most grocery stores—blueberries and summer go perfectly together. Their harvest season in North America is June and July, and I cannot remember outdoor dining as a child without blueberries on the table.
This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to pull together, and it is one of my favorite ways to serve a simple, yet impressive dessert on a hot summer night. Warm the blueberries and pour over top of ice cream or sorbet. Or for a more nutritious alternative, serve warm blueberries with yogurt.
Blueberry Magic Sauce
1 pint blueberries (2 cups), rinsed well
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons maple sugar (or to taste, depending on the sweetness of your berries and your palate)
- In a sauté pan, warm the coconut oil over medium heat.
- Add the blueberries and maple sugar, and heat through until the blueberries start to burst and become a little saucy or jam-like, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve the blueberry sauce over yogurt, ice cream, sorbet, or a slice of pound cake.
- Blueberry Magic Sauce for Grown-Ups. Just before removing the pan from the heat, add 1 jigger (1½ ounces) of the liquor of your choice – Grand Marnier, Cognac, and rum are delicious options.
- Strawberry Magic Sauce. Substitute sliced strawberries for your blueberries.
- Dolled Up Blueberry Magic Sauce. Toast some shreds of coconut (unsweetened and preferably flaked or chipped), and sprinkle on top of the blueberry sauce.
Not sure about coconut oil? Give it a try; it has a delicious flavor and really elevates this sauce. Otherwise, substitute an equal amount of butter or a neutral-flavored oil such as grapeseed oil.
Blueberries are little blue dynamos of nutrition. Low in calories and high in fiber, they are also one of the best sources of antioxidants around.
Blueberry Magic Sauce is a great evening treat on top of ice cream, sorbet or cake. But there is no reason to limit this delicious fruit sauce to after dinnertime– try it on top of your morning oatmeal or swirled into your yogurt.