RecipeCherry-Berry Compote

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 25
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Total Fat: 0 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 10 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1 g
  • Total Sugar: 3 g
    • Natural Sugar: 3 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg

Fruity, flavorful, and fabulous, this cherry-berry, easy-to-make compote is a terrific way to upgrade your dessert game. You can whip this up on the stovetop or in the microwave (to save time) using blueberries and cherries, which are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. You can use fresh when they are in season, or frozen to save cash or for convenience’s sake. Keep in mind, frozen fruit is just as nutritious as fresh and is available year-round—don’t forget to stock up when they’re on sale. Layer it on yogurt, dollop it on pancakes, use it as an ice cream topper, or stir it into oatmeal. It’s super tasty and…berry versatile.

  • Prep time
  • Total Time
This recipe makes ¾ cup
  • • ½ cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • • ½ cup frozen or fresh pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple or cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract 
  • • ⅛ teaspoon of vanilla extract 

In a saucepan over medium heat, add the frozen blueberries and cherries along with the fruit juice. Give it a stir and leave it undisturbed in the pan until it begins to boil and the fruit starts to release their liquid. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes to soften and break down the fruit. (Note: If using fresh berries, you’ll need to shorten the cooking time; fresh berries cook quicker because they release less liquid. Cook until berries are soft and begin to break down.)

Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds, vanilla extract and almond extract. Mix well, mashing the fruit with the back of the spoon to release its juices and break them apart. Let the compote sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell. 

Enjoy at room temperature or reheat before serving. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Microwave Alternative
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the frozen fruits and juice. Cover and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until the fruit start to release their liquid and break down. Remove from the microwave, add chia seeds and extracts and stir to combine, mashing the fruit with the back of a spoon to break it down. Let the compote sit for 10 minutes to allow chia seeds to swell. Enjoy at room temperature or reheat before serving. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Nutrition provided for 2 tablespoons.

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