In the last post, we talked about how easy it is to make fresh yoghurt at home. If you need a refresher or a reminder of how easy it is, check out the post here.
So ….how can you make you kid’s yoghurt taste more fabulous than the store bought ….ahem ….garbage? By making your own fruit sauces! These seriously take no time at all. Your sauces can be cooked or raw. The raw sauces are really great for maintaining nutrient levels from the fruit as cooking generally destroys nutrients such as Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids, but cooking the fruit can add a whole other dimension to the flavour of the sauce.
Here is my favourite RAW fruit sauce:
Raw Raspberry Sauce
- 1 cup Raspberries (Fresh or Frozen)
- 1 tablespoon Honey (You can also use Maple Syrup but please note that this is not GAPS friendly.)
Add both ingredients to the food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Note You can use any type of berry. Blackberries make a fabulous sauce.
Simple, super quick and delicious.
The cooked sauces require only slightly more preparation and cooking time. I cook mine up on the weekend, ready for the school/work week. They can be stored in the fridge or freezer. You could even store them as individual ice cubes in the freezer and just throw them into your yoghurt in the morning. They will be defrosted by morning tea time and help to keep your yoghurt cool.
My favourite Winter fruit sauce is:
Spiced Vanilla Apple Sauce
- 4 Sweet Apples (Eg. Fuji, Jonagold, Golden Delicious)
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Peel, core and chop the apples into pieces and place into a medium sized saucepan
Add just enough water that it is approximately 0.5 cm deep. Place a lid on the saucepan and place over high heat.
When the water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for approximately 15 minutes or until fruit is soft.
Cool slightly and then puree with a food processor or stick blender.
Note Variation: Use 2 cups of chopped fresh apricots to make an apricot sauce.
And my favourite Summer sauce is:
Sweet Strawberry Sauce
- 1 1/2 cup Fresh Strawberries (Preferably organic as commercial strawberries are covered in a whole swag of pesticides and fungicides.)
- 2 heaped teaspoons Honey (You can also use Maple Syrup but please note that this is not GAPS friendly.)
- 1/4 cup Water
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cover. Bring to the boil but watch carefully as you will need to take off the lid once the mixture is boiling (otherwise it froths over).
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid has thickened slightly.
Once cooled you can blend this mixture until smooth but I prefer to find chunks of sweet strawberry throughout my yoghurt!
So simple and so delicious! Let me know how you go. And if you come up with some other delicious ideas, we would love to hear them.