Make this simple strawberry purée recipe because you’ll love having this fresh, lightly sweet sauce on hand! Pour fresh strawberry sauce over ice cream, but it’s also great drizzled over waffles, pancakes, and even yogurt.
Strawberry purée makes everything better. Need proof? Think about a dessert at a fancy restaurant. Oftentimes you’ll see a drizzle of strawberry sauce on the side. Who knew that making a strawberry sauce is so easy and yet gives desserts such panache?
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using frozen strawberries keeps this recipe so easy to make (you don’t even have to hull strawberries), and do-able all year long
- Adding lemon juice adds a zest of fresh flavor to this sauce
- Agave Nectar adds simple sweetness, making this the most irresistible strawberry purée!
For my vegan strawberry cake, I used a strawberry reduction. That means cooking the strawberries down, removing a lot of their juices. That leaves behind a thick strawberry paste. It’s perfect for adding strawberry flavor to a cake.
However, for this simple purée, there’s no cooking involved unless you want a thicker sauce. See the notes below about that.
Next, let’s talk about how to make strawberry sauce because it’s so easy!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Strawberries — We’ll use frozen strawberries to keep this recipe so simple
- Agave Nectar — Using a simple syrup, like agave nectar, adds a touch of sweetness to this sauce. Strawberries with sugar cut the tartness and enhance their sweetness. You can substitute maple syrup or even a no-calorie syrup sweetener too.
- Lemon Juice — Most fruit sauces are better with a bit of citrus added for brightness. You can use fresh or lemon juice from a bottle.
How To Make Strawberry Puree
Let’s talk about how to puree strawberries in only a few minutes:
- Thaw Frozen Strawberries — Remove the frozen strawberries and either let them sit at room temperature or use your microwave to defrost them slightly
- Combine in a Blender — Add thawed strawberries to a blender along with the other ingredients
- Puree — pulse the mixture until you achieve the desired consistency
- Serve — drizzle the sauce over your favorite desserts
For a thicker sauce, transfer the purée to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until the desired thickness is achieved. Remove from heat, allow it to cool completely, and then transfer it to a container for storage.
Why use frozen strawberries?
Wondering what to do with frozen strawberries? Don’t let them go bad in the freezer! Instead, use frozen strawberries to make this simple strawberry purée. But why not use fresh strawberries?
Using frozen strawberries keeps this recipe easy and doable all year long. In addition, the quality of fresh strawberries varies greatly (especially during off-seasons), so using frozen strawberries will give you the best strawberry purée.
Transfer the purée to an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will keep up to 7 days in the fridge. You can also freeze strawberry purée. To do so, store it in a freezer-safe container. Then, place the container in the fridge the night before to allow it to thaw. Alternatively, you can leave it out at room temperature for several hours or use your microwave’s defrost setting.
What is purée?
A purée is a process used to transform vegetables, fruits, or even beans, into a creamy paste or sauce. Using a blender to make purées is common. Hummus is a well-known form of purée, as well as applesauce.
Is strawberry purée the same as strawberry preserves?
There are a few differences between strawberry purée and strawberry preserves. For starters, strawberry preserves have more whole fruit pieces. Preserves sometimes have had thickeners added as well. Finally, preserves usually are made with more sugar than a purée.
How to serve Puréed Strawberries
There are so many ways to use this purée sauce. For example, you can use purée sauce on:
- Strawberry topping for cheesecake adds fantastic flavor to your next vegan cheesecake
- Strawberry purée for cocktails — imagine a drizzle of strawberry sauce over this frozen piña colada
- Even a vegan chocolate cake recipe can be enhanced with some strawberry purée — Imagine individual servings with this sauce drizzled around the sides
- Of course, a vegan pound cake is simply begging for strawberries!
I made this and it was so simple! I’m not handy around the kitchen, but even I could make this!
Of course, you can drizzle strawberry sauce over a number of desserts, like this vegan chocolate cheesecake.
- 14 oz bag frozen strawberries
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Place the frozen strawberries in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on defrost for 3 minutes, until the strawberries are tender.
- Transfer the srawbeeries to a blender and add the sugar and lemon juice. Blend in short bursts. Use a rubber spatula to push ingredients from the side of the bowl. Pulse again until smooth.
- Pour the strawberry puree into an airtight container. This will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this puree for up to 1 month. To thaw, set on the counter at room temperature for up to an hour or use your microwave's defrost setting.
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This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.