Is there anything better than a homemade and simple blueberry syrup for pancakes, waffles, French toast or crepes? I think not, so I'm excited to share this quick and easy recipe with you today!
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⭐ Why This Recipe is So Good
- It's ready in 5 minutes or less!
- It uses only 5 readily available ingredients.
- It's versatile. It works great as a pancake syrup or topping for waffles, French toast or crepes.
This recipe uses only 5 simple ingredients. You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries. If you do use frozen, be sure to thaw them out first. Because there were so many beautiful fresh blueberries in the store when I made this recipe, I decided to use fresh. Also, be sure to use unsweetened apple juice so that your final product doesn't end up too sweet.
- 2 cups blueberries. You can use fresh or frozen.
- ½ cup unsweetened apple juice. We added the apple juice for flavor. You can substitute water.
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup agave syrup. The agave syrup helps to thicken this blueberry syrup and also helps prevent the granulated sugar from crystallizing.
- Lemon juice
This recipe really only takes two steps if you count cooling as a step. 😉 You literally just dump everything into a saucepan and bring it to boiling while stirring. So easy.
I love the idea of keeping some of the blueberries whole, so I didn't run it through a strainer after cooking it. I think it gives it more of a homemade look and feel. If you prefer a syrup with no pulp, for instance to flavor coffee or cocktails, you can run it through a strainer to remove the pulp.
Step 1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine blueberries, apple juice, sugar, agave syrup and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring continuously.
Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. The mixture will remain thin while it's hot.
Step 2. Allow syrup to cool for 15-20 minutes. It will thicken as it cools. Serve with your favorite pancakes, waffles or French toast.
It doesn't take any fancy equipment to make this recipe. A medium saucepan (affiliate link) should do it.
🍹 How to Make a Blueberry Simple Syrup for Cocktails and Coffee
You can easily modify this recipe to make a blueberry simple syrup for beverages. To do this, simply reduce the amount of agave syrup to 2 tablespoons, increase the amount of apple juice (or water) to 1 cup and increase the amount of granulated sugar to ½ cup. Cook as directed above and in the recipe card below. Remove the saucepan from the heat and immediately strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the blueberry pulp. Do not discard the pulp! You can use it as a spread on peanut butter toast or in these berry yogurt parfaits.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
Two tablespoons of butter added to your saucepan while cooking this syrup will thicken it nicely. I don't recommend anything like cornstarch because it can thicken too much and end up more like a pie filling. Please bear in mind that this syrup will thicken as it cools. However, if it is still too thin for your liking, you can add butter as suggested above.
It will last in your refrigerator for up to a month and up to a year in your freezer.
Yes you can. To freeze, be sure to allow the syrup to cool then pour it into a mason jar and cover with lid, leaving at least one inch at the top to allow for expansion during freezing. It will keep in the freezer for up to a year. Thaw out in the refrigerator and then keep it refrigerated once opened.
🥞 More Syrup Recipes
Hopefully this post has shown you how easy it is to diy your own pancake syrup at home. Now that you know how easy it is, we have many more syrup recipes for you to try that are just as quick and easy!
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Simple Blueberry Syrup
- 2 cups blueberries Fresh or frozen.
- ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup agave syrup
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine blueberries, apple juice, sugar, agave syrup and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring continuously.Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. The mixture will remain thin while it's hot.
- Allow syrup to cool for 15-20 minutes. It will thicken as it cools. Serve with your favorite pancakes, waffles or French toast.
References: Washington State University Extension "Preserving Berry Syrups at Home"