My mom's recipe for blueberry topping sauce for waffles, pancakes, or ice cream (or anything else your heart desires!) is so fun, fresh, and sweet! It's the perfect sauce to add on to so many breakfast and dessert recipes!
The Best Blueberry Topping Sauce Recipe
Are you a sweet or a savory breakfast kind of person? I hate to pick either one because there's a spot in my heart for omelettes and hashbrowns just as big as waffles and muffins. However, this blueberry topping recipe might just steal my affection to the sweet side because it is absolutely divine, and totally irresistible. By simmering the fresh or frozen berries with some sugar, cornstarch, and water over the stove, it almost caramelizes the mixture into a gooey, slightly thick syrup-like consistency with bites of real berry in it.
Can you handle that?! It's SO good, and I grew up eating it with waffles and pancakes all the time when my mom would make it. She'd use really any kind of berry we had on hand, and the recipe works well with all kinds (with some minor sugar and water adjustments for sweetness and thickness). She'd often use frozen strawberries from her garden in the winter months, and to this day, it's one of my favorite foods from childhood that I love making now for my own children (and, who are we kidding, for myself, too!).
How do you sweeten fresh blueberries?
Fresh blueberries (and frozen, too) are fairly sweet and bursting with fruity flavor on their own, but to make them a tad sweeter and more syrup-like, cook them over the stove with some sugar, cornstarch, and cold water until thick and gooey.
What do you eat blueberry topping with?
Oh, my goodness -- what CAN'T you eat blueberry topping with? I mean, it may not be as good on savory things like French fries, but I also subscribe to the idea of not knocking it 'til you try it... Anyway, I do know it goes great on waffles, pancakes, and ice cream, of course, as well as granola, biscuits, graham crackers, oatmeal, and just about any other sweet-ish breakfast, snack, or dessert.
How do you thicken fruit sauce?
For a thicker blueberry topping sauce, let it cook a bit longer than the 5 to 8 minute suggested time. Be careful not to overcook it, but 10 to 12 minutes should do the trick! (And, to thin it out, mix in a splash of water.)
How long does blueberry topping last?
This is great to make and store in the fridge for future breakfasts or desserts. Store it in an airtight container (I like using a Mason jar for easy pouring or scooping) in the fridge for up to 5 days.
My mom's blueberry topping for waffles, pancakes, or ice cream (or anything else your heart desires!) is so fun, fresh, and sweet, making it the perfect addition to so many breakfast and dessert favorites!
- 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅓ cup cold water
- In a small saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, add the blueberries, sugar, corn starch, and cold water. Stir to combine. Let the mixture come to a boil and thicken. This should take about 5 to 8 minutes.
- If you would like the mixture a little thicker, keep cooking. If you would like it a little thinner, add a little more water. Feel free to adjust the sugar to taste, depending on how sweet your berries were.
- Serve over waffles or pancakes with fresh whipped cream or over ice cream.
- I LOVE this recipe. My mom has been making a version of this for waffles since I was a kid, and I make it very often, too. It's a fun change from syrup.
- Just about any fresh or frozen berry will work for this recipe -- just adjust sugar and water as needed. I love using the mixed frozen berries from Costco for this recipe all year long. My mom often made it with frozen strawberries she stuck in the freezer from our garden.
- Prep Time: 2 min
- Cook Time: 8 min
- Category: side
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: waffle topping, blueberry topping, blueberry sauce, pancake topping, ice cream topping, homemade blueberry topping, homemade blueberry sauce, easy blueberry sauce, easy blueberry topping
Use this amazing blueberry topping on these recipes:
- Classic Waffle Recipe
- Homemade Pancakes; traditional, whole wheat, blueberry, and chocolate chip
- Banana Waffles
- Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream
- Classic Belgian Waffle Recipe
- The Best Strawberry Pancakes (allergy-friendly)
- Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
- Healthy Banana Waffles
- Cheesecake Ice Cream
This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated and rephotographed in July 2019.
This blueberry topping for sweet breakfasts and desserts is so heavenly and goes great on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, or anything else you can think of!