Did you know that raspberries contain a lot of natural health support with significant amounts of vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and other compounds that protect our bodies against the damaging effects of free radicals?
Other than tasting beautifully sweet as your picking, topped on ice cream and in numerous other tasty summer baking treats, my husband and I love jam. This was where this recipe started, call it a failure, but the end result was much tastier than the jam I had anticipated! This recipe is for raspberry sauce that can top your morning waffles, make a sweet addition to your yogurt or be poured over any of your favorite snacks.
Raspberry Sauce Recipe (With Natural Sweeteners)
- 2 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons Organic Agave Nectar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (e.g. Triple Sec) + 1 tablespoon water
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Organic Stevia (powder) or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Stevia Liquid (start with less; add more only if needed)
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring raspberries, honey, stevia and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring a few times.
- Place a fine mesh strainer or sieve over a medium-sized bowl. Pour the fruit mixture into the strainer and, using a flexible rubber spatula, press the pulp through the sieve.
- Press firmly, and periodically scrape the inside of the sieve clear of seeds, which can otherwise block the holes. Do not waste any of the precious pulp.
- Continue to press until you are left with just 1 or 2 heaping tablespoons of stiff, clumped-together seeds. Scrape the bottom of the strainer to get the pulp that sticks to it. Discard the seeds and skins at the top of the strainer.
- With a wire whisk or sturdy spoon, stir in the orange juice or liqueur and stevia. For a sweeter taste, add an additional 1/8 teaspoon stevia extract powder or 1/4 teaspoon stevia extract liquid.
- We had so many raspberries that I tripled this recipe, and poured into these cute jars I inherited from my mom. You can freeze this recipe or just put it in the jars and refrigerate it. I gave mine as gifts and made sure to tell them to refrigerate!
You can also use this sauce to dress up other natural food products such as; sliced melon, peaches, or nectarines. I like to add a sprinkle of Organic Coconut Shreds or any of these organic raw nuts; Organic Almonds, Organic Walnuts, or pecans. This makes a perfect finale to any meal, including breakfast! Personally, I love it warmed, then poured over frozen yogurt.