Blueberry Chia Sauce

I'm always trying to find delicious, fast, and healthy topping alternatives for pancakes, waffles and french toast.  I advocate quick fruit sauces that only require cooking down some frozen or fresh fruit rather than using butter and syrup. This sauce preparation is easy and cooks while the food is being prepared. Chia seeds are an effective way to thicken fruit sauce, while also adding nutrition.  Most fruit works, but the amount of pure maple syrup may need to be adjusted depending on the type of fruit. For instance, raspberries will require more sweetener than this blueberry sauce. Alternatively, you can skip the chia seeds and just cook down the fruit a little longer.
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1 -2 tbsp ground chia seeds 2-4 tbsp juice (any 100% fruit juice works) or water 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries (or any fruit) 0 - 4 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional and to taste)


1) In a sauce pan, add fruit juice water, chia seeds, blueberries and maple syrup or raw honey.
2) Mix together and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until fruit sauce has desired consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more juice or water or maple syrup (if you want it sweeter) to your desired consistency. If it's not thick enough add a bit more chia seed. Do note that is takes about 5 - 10 minutes for the chia seed to completely thicken, so as it sits it may thicken more.
3) Serve over pancakes, waffles, plain yogurt, etc. The sauce lasts longer because the chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants that serve as a natural preservative.