HI, I hope you are happy and healthy! I’m currently 7 months pregnant and been trying to eat well so have been buying lots of fruit and veggies recently.
We bought a load of blueberries for smoothies and snacks but still had some leftover at the end of the week.
As a family we are trying to reduce our waste. Although the leftover fruit can go on the compost heap, I have been looking up recipes using up any items that we haven’t eaten – this week I found a recipe for blueberry syrup.
The original recipe was found on www.simplebites.net but I have adapted this using organic coconut sugar – which worked well and has a lot lower GI. I only had 2 cups of blueberries so I used 2/5 of each measurements but have listed as the original rounded numbers for you to adjust as needed.
- 5 cups organic blueberries (washed and stems removed)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup organic coconut sugar
- 1 organic lemon (washed)
First grab the lemon and cut a few pieces of the peel avoiding the bitter white part. Try to avoid tiny pieces as these will be hard to remove at the end. We just bought a new set of knives and the paring knives has been amazing for citrus peels. Squeeze the juice into a cup and set aside.
Pour in the blueberries and water into a pan and mash the berries – my daughter helped with this part. Bring to a boil and let them simmer for 15 minutes. Check and stir them occasionally.
Pour the berries into a sieve over a heat-proof bowl and use a spatula or spoon to squeeze through the juice. The skins left in the sieve can then be used for a smoothie if desired.
Return the liquid back to the pan.
Add the sugar and lemon peel and bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes. The mixture should thicken.
Finally, add the lemon juice and boil for another 2 minutes and remove from the heat. After it has cooled, remove the lemon peel and funnel it into a bottle or jar.
Ta-da! All done ready for porridge, yogurt or pancakes. I’ll be adding this in my porridge in the morning 😋.
What syrups have you made or even just tried and loved? How do you usually use up leftover fruit? Comment below and let me know 😊
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