This Blueberry Compote with Honeyed Yogurt makes a healthy dessert, snack or even breakfast! This fresh fruit compote is made with fresh blueberries and served over an easy to make honeyed yogurt - so delicious!
Healthy Dessert, Breakfast or Snack
Anyone else feel that a meal is just not complete without a little dessert at the end? Both my husband and I are big dessert fans. It doesn't have to be over the top, just a little something. I like the idea of dessert, what I don't like is the empty calories that it usually brings to the table.
So, I have set about finding healthy desserts. I've found the easiest way to create a healthy dessert is with some fruit and some yogurt. I found a recipe for a cherry compote with yogurt and decided to modify it to make this Blueberry Compote with Honeyed Yogurt. Don't get me wrong, I never say no to cherries, but I had blueberries and I didn't have cherries.
The beauty of this recipe is that it can be a healthy dessert, healthy breakfast or a healthy snack. Win. Win. Win.
What is a Compote?
If you have never heard of a compote, don't be worried. It is not anything complex. Serious Eats did my favorite post on What's the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, Compote and Conserve?
A compote is basically fruit that is cooked in a simple syrup. The fruit can be dried or fresh, whole or chopped, though if it is pureed, it is called a coulis.
Also, a compote is usually made and used up within a couple of days, instead of being canned.
Today we are making a fresh fruit compote recipe.
How to Make a Blueberry Compote
This really is the easiest recipe. To make the blueberry compote, you only need 3 ingredients: blueberries, lemon zest and sugar.
Combine the blueberries, lemon zest, water and sugar in a saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes.
Congratulations, you just made an easy fruit compote!
Why Buy Plain Yogurt?
You might be thinking, why do I need to make honeyed yogurt, can't I just buy vanilla yogurt at the store? Yes, you can, but it's much better to make your own.
I used to buy sweetened vanilla yogurt for my desserts, to use in recipes like Frozen Raspberry Yogurt. The problem was that the sweetened yogurt was frequently sweetened with ingredients I didn't want and the vanilla flavoring was just that - a flavoring, not vanilla extract.
It was kind of a wake up moment when I realized I could buy plain yogurt and had my own sweetener and homemade vanilla extract. Even better, the plain yogurt could be used in savory recipes, it made a great substitute for sour cream!
How to Make Honeyed Yogurt
This is such a genius technique, I can't believe I hadn't tried it earlier! To make a deliciously sweetened yogurt, just stir in some honey! To taper the sweetness you add a pinch of salt (optional, but try it!)
Delicious Blueberry Dessert!
After making the blueberry compote and the honeyed yogurt, just spoon the delicious compote over the honeyed yogurt and you have dessert! All in about 15 minutes!
This was everything I love in a dessert. Lots of antioxidants from the blueberries and good for you probiotics from the yogurt. You could easily modify this to include whatever fruit you have on hand - blackberries, strawberries, peaches, and cherries would all be good.
More Blueberry Recipes
If you're looking for even more blueberry recipes, I just started a Blueberries and Blackberries Recipe Board on Pinterest. It's not very full yet, but I plan to fill it up with all sorts of delicious recipes!
Blueberry Compote with Honeyed Yogurt
- Bring blueberries, zest and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring until the berries have softened and release their juices, about 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl mix yogurt with honey and a pinch of salt.
- To serve divide honeyed yogurt between 4 bowls and top with the blueberry sauce.