Blueberry Chia Sauce

I’ve been feeding my family this berry sauce for years as a delicious, fast, and healthy topping for pancakes, waffles, french toast, and crepes for years. It’s a quick fruit sauce that only requires cooking down some frozen or fresh fruit rather than using commercial pancake syrup. This sauce preparation is easy and cooks while the meal is being prepared. Chia seeds are an effective way to thicken fruit sauce, while also adding nutrition. Most fruit works, but the amount of pure maple syrup may need to be adjusted depending on the type of fruit. For instance, raspberries will require more sweetener than this blueberry sauce. Alternatively, you can skip the chia seeds and just cook down the fruit a little longer. Bonus: This sauce is fantastic on plain Greek yogurt.  
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1 -2 tbsp ground chia seeds 2-4 tbsp juice (any 100% fruit juice works) or water 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries (or any fruit) 0 - 4 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional and to taste)


1) In a saucepan, add fruit juice or water, chia seeds, blueberries, and maple syrup or raw honey.
2) Mix and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until fruit sauce has desired consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more juice or water or maple syrup (if you want it sweeter) to your desired consistency. If it's not thick enough add a bit more chia seed. Make note that it takes about 5 - 10 minutes for the chia seed to completely thicken, so as it sits, it may thicken more.
3) Serve over pancakes, waffles, plain yogurt, etc. The sauce lasts longer because the chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants that serve as a natural preservative.