Made with only 4 ingredients and three minutes of cooking time in a pressure cooker, this Instant Pot Berry Compote is a great condiment to dollop on pancakes, oatmeal or toast all throughout the week!
If you're looking for a sweet, fruity topping for ALL THE THINGS, I've got the perfect recipe for you today.
Instant Pot Berry Compote, to be precise!
This easy recipe requires just 4 ingredients and minimal hands-on time.
It tastes amazing on top of vegan whole wheat banana pancakes.
You can dollop it on oatmeal.
Even better, use it as the filling for these Strawberry Jam Oatmeal Bars!
Thanks to the Instant Pot (or whatever pressure cooker you have!), you can make this berry compote with barely any effort.
What is compote?
If you've never heard of compote, you're in for a real treat!
Compote is a fruit-based sauce made by combining berries (either fresh or frozen), some form of sweetener as well as water and/or juice in a pot on the stove. This mixture is then cooked over the heat until thickened and a fruit sauce forms.
Compote can be served either warmed or chilled.
The Difference Between Compote and Jam
You may be wondering, what's the difference between compote and jam?
While they're very similar, jam often uses thickeners such as pectin to create is thick consistency. Compote doesn't use any thickeners, but instead pieces of fruit are cooked down in sugar syrup.
Compote additionally contains more texture and larger pieces of fruit, while jam is often a more uniform consistency.
Ingredients for Homemade Berry Compote
Like I mentioned above, this recipe only requires 4 ingredients...one of which is water! I'll list out everything you need below:
- Frozen berries
- Coconut sugar
- Corn starch
I believe you can make this recipe using fresh berries, I just haven't experimented with that yet. However, you really can't go wrong with frozen berries as they are affordable and accessible all year round!
If you don't have coconut sugar on hand, another kind of dry sweetener will also work.
How to Make Berry Compote in the Instant Pot
To make this simple berry compote in your pressure cooker, simply follow the instructions below:
1. Place the frozen berries, coconut sugar and water in the bottom of your pressure cooker and stir briefly to combine.
2. Set the pressure cooker to cook on manual for 3 minutes.
3. After the three minutes, cancel the pressure cooker and allow the berries to rest for 10 minutes with the lid on.
4. After 10 minutes, remove the lid, turn on the sauté function and whisk in 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Continue whisking the berries for about 2-5 minutes until the mixture thickens.
5. Turn off the sauté function and allow the berries to cool a little bit before pouring them into a sealable jar. Once cool, seal the jar and store the compote in the fridge.
6. Use the compote as a "syrup" for pancakes, a topping for oatmeal or a jam for sandwiches! If it becomes too thick after cooling in the fridge, you can thin it out with a little water and/or reheat it.
Uses for Berry Compote
There are so many ways to use this easy, homemade berry compote. I'll list out our favorite ways to use it below:
- As a fruit "syrup" for pancakes and/or waffles.
- As a topping for oatmeal bowls.
- As a jam or jelly for muffins, PB&J sandwiches, scones, etc.
- As a spread for toast.
- As an ice cream sundae topping.
- As a sweetener and flavoring for plain yogurt.
- As a dip on a charcuterie board.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to enjoy this berry compote, so I hope you give it a try!
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- 3 cups frozen berries
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- Place the frozen berries, coconut sugar and water in the bottom of your pressure cooker and stir briefly to combine.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker and set the valve to seal. Cook on manual for 3 minutes.
- After the three minutes, cancel the pressure cooker and allow the berries to rest for 10 minutes with the lid on.
- After 10 minutes, remove the lid, turn on the sauté function and whisk in 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Continue whisking the berries for about 2-5 minutes until the mixture thickens.
- Use the compote as a "syrup" for pancakes, a topping for oatmeal or a jam for sandwiches! If it becomes too thick after cooling in the fridge, you can thin it out with a little water and/or reheat it.