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Sweeten Up your Pancakes, Desserts and More!

September19, 2013

I love switching things up with our meals and trying out new recipes. Unfortunately my kids are on the picky side, especially my middle son. This makes it tougher to experiment as often as I'd like in the kitchen, especially for dinner. But being part of the Kraft Tastemaker blogging program is a great reminder that I can use items around my house to try something new and think outside the box a bit. If there is one meal that everyone in this house can agree on, it is that breakfast any time of the day is absolutely delicious! All my boys absolutely love almost any breakfast food you can think of. From French toast to waffles to ham steak to eggs, they really do love it all!

I happened to have a large carton of fresh blueberries that were starting to get on the softer side. Normally I'd simply throw them into my freezer for later use or into some batter to enjoy blueberry pancakes. But this time I thought it would be fun to try something new that could also be used in multiple ways. So I smashed them up, added some sugar and few other ingredients I had on had to create a nice blueberry sauce!

It was heavenly and much easier than I imagined.

Homemade Blueberry Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 5 minutes • Serves: 8, approximately ¼ cup each

Ingredients
2¼ cups fresh blueberries
½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
1 tsp. orange or lemon zest
Dollop of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (for garnish)

Directions:

WASH fresh blueberries. In a medium saucepan, crush 2 cups of the blueberries, setting a ¼ cup aside.

ADD sugar, lemon juice and salt. Stir until combined.

BRING blueberry mixture to a boil and add remaining blueberries. Boil a full minute. Add zest.

SERVE warm or chilled with a dollop of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping on your favorite foods like pancakes, JELL-O Instant Pudding, ice cream or bread pudding.

I left out corn starch because I wanted it to be a bit more on the thin side for pancakes. It also makes the recipe a lot simpler. No worries about the consistency!

I wanted another flavor to complement the blueberries so I opted for some orange zest because I had that in my fridge. You could easily switch that out with some lemon zest instead. Or if the citrus flavor doesn't sound appealing to you, consider adding about a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If sugar or calories is a concern, you could cut the sugar down to 1/3 cup or so and still get a great tasting sauce. While you can serve this warm immediately after you cook it, if you want an hour or more, the flavors really start to settle and come out! And this sauce can easily be made ahead of time and warmed up. Use any leftovers on other desserts like your favorite JELL-O Instant Pudding, ice cream, bread pudding, cobbler or even some Greek yogurt! And don't forget the COOL WHIP topping to put on top!

Pair up this sweet blueberry sauce with a fruity drink. KraftRecipes.com has some great punch recipes! Don't forget to follow them via Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.babylovingmama.com.

Sweeten Up your Pancakes, Desserts and More!
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