Spiced Blueberries Sauce

August 20th, 2012 · Lisa · Uncategorized · Comments

Ah…August.

The sun is setting earlier, there is a crispness cutting the humidity in the air and tiny wild blueberries are for sale.

On a recent work trip in Thunder Bay a colleague bought me a few pounds of this fantastic fruit. I resisted the urge to feast on the fresh berries in the airport lobby. Instead I carefully packed these gems into my checked bag so that I could savour their sweetness when I finished my trip south.

Blueberry season is far too short for my preference. Their rarity makes me want to be more reverent about the experience of enjoying them. I like to think of different ways to play with this precious fruit. When I woke up this morning I was inspired to recreate a childhood favourite – blueberry fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.

My tastes have evolved over the last three decades. My yogurt of choice is now a homemade almond blend and my thick blueberry sauce is enhanced with a little lemon, ginger and cinnamon. Regardless of the revisions to the ingredient list, one bite brought me right back to those days, sitting in the schoolyard giggling with my girlfriends. Today, enjoying this treat in my serene apartment, overlooking the city, in my pyjamas, life felt delightfully simple.

Feel free to use this sauce with whatever yogurt you have on hand – I’m sure it would be fantastic with a luscious coconut version – or stir it into oatmeal, overnight oats, or of course, ice cream.

Spiced Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It will thicken substantially after a few hours.
http://veganculinarycrusade.com/2012/08/spiced-blueberries-sauce/

xo Lisa

22 Comments

  1. cv
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    This looks divine.
    Any chance you’d like to share your almond yogurt recipe?
    Thanks!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      The almond yogurt recipe is part of an eBook I’ve been working on. It should be available in just a couple of weeks. p.s. It was divine 🙂

  2. Posted August 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This looks so tasty! I can almost taste the sweet, tender blueberries with the slightly sour yogurt. The short seasons of fresh fruits and vegetables are what makes them special. We’re forced to celebrate every precious bite!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I love any excuse to celebrate 🙂

  3. Posted August 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Looks simple and amazing! http://veganamericanprincess.com

  4. Posted August 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This sounds amazing! Perfect light summer breakfast 🙂

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Summer breakfasts full of berries are my favourite 🙂

  5. Mom
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Looks delicious! Now I want some. Also to spend my morning in pjs.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I can make you some before I come to visit on the long weekend.

  6. Posted August 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Oh my Lisa! It looks like Utah is not going to fix the Internet where I’m living for my entire time here, and each day is so jampacked with The Things and The Emotions that I haven’t been able to write you the email you deserve. But coming here and reading your clear, refreshing words of calm and joy, gives me strength both for myself and in the knowing that you are swathing yourself in happy moments. xoxo

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Don’t worry, we’ll have lots of time to catch up on my couch soon. I just hope you’re enjoying every moment in Utah. The days disappear slowly but weeks seem to evaporate in seconds.

  7. Arlene
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Lisa, this looks so delicious. I would also love your yogurt recipe

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Arlene, the recipe will be in my eBook. I’ll let you know as soon as it is available. xo

  8. Janet M
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Looks uber delicious, Lisa. I picked up 5L of wild blueberries when I was in Montreal and let’s just say I ate them all, unadorned (ok, some went into my morning oats) in a week. Rob helped a bit but I will claim most of the responsibility. 😛 Love, love, love wild blueberries. 🙂 Do you make your own yogurt, too? I’d love to know your recipe, too. I tried to make oatgurt and it doesn’t compare at all. 🙁

    • theveganlisa
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Amazing! A good friend once brought me 10 lbs of organic wild blueberries for my birthday – one of my favourite gifts ever. I do make my own yogurt. The recipe will be in the eBook that i’ve been working on with Nicole. It is coming out in a couple of weeks.

  9. Mindy
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi Lisa,
    This does look lovely. I would love to see a post in which you describe your yogurt making process, That homemade almond blend sounds really good. 🙂

  10. Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I, too, wish blueberry season were longer. They are one of my favorite fruits. This simple recipe is a great way to savor the seasonal treat!

  11. Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Perfect timing! We started to give our ten month old non-dairy yoghurt, but there’s only plain unsweetened yoghurt available. She loves blueberries and I am sure she’s going to enjoy this stirred into her yoghurt. And so will I!

  12. Posted August 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Mmmm… I agree, blueberry season is far too fleeting. I just made a blueberry BBQ sauce a couple weeks ago, it was incredible! Great recipe, can’t wait for the ebook for the almond yogurt too 🙂

  13. Sarina @ Earthgiven
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I love the spiced blueberry sauce! I wouldn’t have thought to combine ginger with blueberries. Thanks for sharing.

  14. jess @ cupcakes and kale
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    blueberry season is far too short for my liking and i’m kicking myself for not going out to pick wild berries once this summer when they are in such abundance in the north! if i can manage to wrangle some up from a friend’s freezer supply i think i’ll be trying this spiced sauce out 🙂

  15. Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This sounds really good, going to give it a try .

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