This homemade, simple strawberry sauce is perfectly sweet, fresh and SO delicious! It makes for the best topping on my favorite Van’s® Gluten-Free WafflesIt’s also great on Van’s pancakes and French toast sticks!

three waffles on a white plate and topped with strawberry sauce and whipped cream

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Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles with strawberry topping is a go-to breakfast in my household! My son is on a gluten-free diet, which can make navigating meals very challenging. I’m so thankful to have found a nutritious, delicious waffle we can all enjoy. These waffles have simple, clean ingredients and are certified gluten-free!

stack of frozen waffles on a white plate near fresh strawberries

I found Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles at H-E-B in the frozen breakfast aisle (store locator here). And I’m so glad I did. They’re light on the inside and perfectly crisp on the outside with a wonderfully sweet flavor. They’re delicious yet wholesome, so I can feel good about serving them to my family. They taste delicious topped with maple syrup, but sometimes we like to get a little fancy and top them with a homemade, simple strawberry sauce.

box of vans waffles near fresh strawberries

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SAUCE

This strawberry sauce is so easy and tastes wonderful on a variety of treats. You simply add all ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat. You can make the consistency anywhere from chunky to fully puréed.

I like mine right in the middle. I want some strawberry pieces, but I also want plenty of syrup. So, I use a potato masher to break down some of the strawberries during the boiling process.

small white colander filled with fresh strawberries

That part is optional. If you want the fresh strawberry sauce to be more blended and uniform in texture, transfer it to a blender and purée it once the sauce is done cooking. The sauce will become foamy, so I suggest refrigerating it before using so it becomes nice and smooth.

cooked strawberries in a small saucepan

TIPS FOR MAKING STRAWBERRY TOPPING

  • You can make this recipe using frozen strawberries if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Brighten the color of strawberry sauce with a little bit of red food coloring.
  • Use a potato masher to break down the strawberries even further once they’re boiling.
  • Lightly dust strawberries with cornstarch to make the sauce a little thicker.
  • Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to add some really nice, tart flavor to the sauce. Lemon juice also helps balance out the sweetness from the sugar and from the berries.
  • Freeze strawberry sauce in ice cube trays to add a fruity flavor to drinks.
  • Use almond or orange extract instead of vanilla for more flavor variations.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE

  1. On top of Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles
  2. On top of easy cream cheese pie (get our recipe!)
  3. With waffles, pancakes, French toast, bagels, toast, crepes
  4. On top of ice cream
  5. With angel food cake or pound cake
  6. To make a strawberry milkshake
  7. Serve with yogurt
  8. Add it to lemonade
  9. Mixed into homemade ice cream
  10. Mixed into cheesecake dip
  11. As a filling for layered cakes

HOW LONG DOES THIS STRAWBERRY TOPPING LAST?

This strawberry topping will last tightly sealed in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can make the sauce ahead of time as long as you keep it refrigerated in a sealed container.

If it gets too thick and doesn’t pour easily, warm the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat.

You can also freeze the strawberry topping for 4-5 months.

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waffles on a white plate topped with strawberry topping, maple syrup and whipped cream
three waffles on a white plate and topped with strawberry sauce and whipped cream
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5 from 10 votes
Servings:8 servings
Simple Strawberry Sauce
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 

This homemade simple strawberry sauce is perfectly sweet, fresh and SO delicious! It makes for the best topping on waffles! It’s also great on Van’s pancakes and French toast sticks!

Ingredients
  • 1- pound strawberries, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional for thickening)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  • Van’s Waffles for serving
Instructions
  1. Place strawberries and cornstarch in a small bowl and toss to lightly coat strawberries in cornstarch. (This step can be skipped).
  2. Transfer strawberries to a small saucepan and add sugar, vanilla and lemon juice to the pan. Bring to medium heat.
  3. Once bubbling, reduce heat slightly and use a wooden spoon or potato masher to muddle and mash the fruit.
  4. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for about 18-20 minutes, occasionally mashing and stirring fruit to combine.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a clean jar or container to cool thoroughly. Store in the fridge and reheat to serve with Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles.

Author: Kim
Course: Breakfast, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade strawberry topping, simple strawberry sauce

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