I came up with this sauce a while back, when creating my Strawberries and Cream Quinoa Oatmeal recipe last year, shown here:
Strawberry sauce or jam sold in stores contains high fructose corn syrup, which is not allowed for low fodmap eating. Plus it’s always best to avoid that stuff whenever possible. This sauce lets the natural sweetness of strawberries shine.
I love using this sauce in oatmeal, lactose-free plain yogurt or lactose-free cottage cheese. It gives just enough sweetness to these otherwise quite boring foods to liven them up and make you forget that you have dietary restrictions. You can make it thick or thin, whichever you prefer, and the food coloring is completely optional (it doesn’t affect taste at all, only color).
10 Minute Homemade Strawberry Sauce
- 10 oz strawberries (fresh variety - washed, stems removed and cut into fairly large chunks)
- 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ~1 tsp. cornstarch (optional, if you'd like a thicker sauce)
- 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional - it will give the sauce more of a red flavor. Mine as pictured above contains some coloring).
- Place the cut-up strawberries, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently (almost constantly) for ~8 minutes, using your utensil to press down on some (but not all) of the strawberries to mash them. You want strawberry chunks left at the end in your sauce, as the bites of strawberry add the most sweetness to whatever you're pairing the sauce with.
- If you'd like to thicken the sauce a bit, turn heat down to simmer, dissolve 1 tsp. cornstarch in 1 Tbsp. water and add slowly while continuing to stir until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
- When the sauce reaches your desired consistency, remove from heat and add in the food coloring (if using) and mix to fully incorporate it into the sauce.
*Information above is based on the specific brands/types of ingredients I used (as one example, pink himalayan sea salt is lower sodium than regular salt). Values vary if using any other brands/types of ingredients.*
*The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.*
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