Recently I posted my recipe for Crock Pot Chia Jam and it was very well received…that’s because it’s stinking delicious and you can eat it directly from the jar without worrying you’re going to rot your teeth out from the massive quantities of sugar. Now your mom’s comment about too much sugar and rotting teeth holds NO merit. Booya. I’m still wondering about the watching TV in the dark thing though.
Barry and I went blackberry picking on our family farm a few weeks ago – we had a great time…but it’s hard work. I wanted to be able to use my berries on top of pancakes, because that’s really my favorite way to eat pancakes – with berries on top…but I wanting something different than just sprinkling them on there.
Enter, fruit syrup…this is different than my chia jam because it’s not as thick. It’s more runny – but not as runny as maple syrup. It will stay on top of your pancake…and not take off and run all over your plate like maple syrup will.
You could use any berry you like – but it’s blackberry season here, so that’s what I called it. Also, I did not puree mine when I was done. I wanted the chunky factor – but if you don’t, feel free to puree away! I ain’t hatin’.
I used stevia to sweeten mine because we don’t use much sugar around here since starting Trim Healthy Mama. I used the Now brand for this batch, but it’s not my favorite. How much sweetener you use will depend on two things: your sweet tooth, and how sweet your berries already were. Mine weren’t very sweet – they were rather tart. And I like a sweet pancake topping. I ended up using ¼ teaspoon stevia extract PLUS a few more sprinkles.
You can just do the taste test to get it right…make sure no one is watching, because sometimes it takes a lot of tests – by the spoonful. Hey, this is hard stuff right here – you gotta get it right. Don’t want to serve anything sub-par to your family, do ya?
This cooks on high for a total of two hours. After the first hour, you’ll smash the berries with a potato masher and then cook on high for another hour – smashing again after that. You can puree when you’re done if you want – I don’t want, so I didn’t do.
I did use frozen berries for this recipe, but I’m sure fresh berries would work too. Anything goes! And so does this – down the hatch.
I like the addition of the maple extract – especially for pancakes. Vanilla makes everything better too – except scrambled eggs. It’s kinda weird in there if your name is Barry. *Cough* I like the Frontier brand (I am an Amazon affiliate) but I get mine from Vitacost.
While this is called PANCAKE syrup, it’s good on everything: ice cream, oatmeal, cheesecake, yogurt, a spoon, your finger, the kitchen cabinet because you accidentally spilled it, and also licked straight off the refrigerator handle.
Crock Pot Blackberry Maple Pancake Syrup
- 16 ounces blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- Pinch salt
- ¼ teaspoon stevia extract (I used the Now brand and needed a tad more to get it right)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons maple extract
- Put blackberries in 2-4 quart crock pot.
- Add water, lemon juice, stevia, and salt.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.
- Cook on HIGH another hour.
- Mash again.
- Add vanilla and maple extract.
- Let cool and store in fridge.
Yield: 2 cups
NOTES: If you’re not a Trim Healthy Mama, you can use 1/3 cup maple syrup instead of the stevia and nix the maple extract.
THM Compliant: This is FP with a serving of ¼ cup when using stevia to sweeten.
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