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Mixed Berry Sauce

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Mixed Berry Sauce
The following mixed berry sauce is a healthy and tasty addition to your dessert or on top of cereal or yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1 L) fresh mixed berries (try blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Splenda granular (or more to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 mL) Kirsch or cherry brandy (optional)

Directions:

In a large nonstick skillet, combine the berries with Splenda. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the berries start to release their juices but still hold their shape.

Taste the fruit to test for sweetness, adding more Splenda if necessary. Stir in the kirsch or cherry brandy, if using. Serve warm (although it's also delicious when chilled).

This recipe keeps for up to 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator and freezes well for up to 3 months.

Chef's secret: When fresh berries aren't in season, substitute with frozen mixed berries. Cooking time for frozen berries will be 3 to 5 minutes. There's no need to defrost them before using - they thaw very quickly. For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.splenda.ca.

Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings - 3 cups

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Serving Size: 1/2 cup, Total Calories Per Serving: 46.3, Calories from Fat: 0.4 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1.0 mg, Potassium: 133.6 mg, Total Carbohydrate: 11.2 g, Dietary Fibre: 3.2 g, Sugars: 6.5 g, Protein: 0.9 g, Iron: 0.4 mg, Calcium: 17.2 mg


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