berry puree in a sieve

How to Make Berry Puree (Or Mixed Berry Coulis, if you want to be fancy!)

Wondering how to make berry puree? Well, start with the berry trifecta – Strawberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Now here’s a secret – Want to sound extra fancy? Call it mixed berry Coulis! I honestly didn’t even know what a Coulis was until I started working on this post. I’m not even 100% sure how to pronounce it. I imagine the “s” is silent…

pin on how to make berry puree

So what is the difference between a puree and coulis?

A puree generally refers to steamed and mashed vegetables where a coulis refers to steamed and mashed fruits. Huh, who knew?? I’ll explain more below, and I’ll continue referring to it as fruit puree just because I think that is what most of us call it!

But now we can look like we know what the chef is talking about when they mention a coulis! 

pouring honey into pot of frozen berries

All of our berry favorites start with a base of berry puree. At first, it seems intimidating, but once you try it, you might be addicted too. We use frozen berries which makes it affordable and sometimes we will add Thyme to give it a little something special!

The best part? This healthy fruit puree can be made in less than 15 minutes! 

Curious about when berries are in season? Read more HERE

What is Fruit Puree?

Fruit puree is simply a blend of fruits and some kind of sweeteners. Once softened, the fruits are smashed into a mushy puree. We made this recipe healthy by replacing sugar with Honey. 

We also added a small amount of honey to keep the sweetness from overpowering the berries.

berry puree in a sieve

Simple, right? Now I’ll show you exactly how to make it!

Can You Freeze Fruit Puree?

Yes, you can. And in fact, we do it all the time! Just put the prepared puree into Ice Cube trays and freeze. Then defrost them as needed. 

NOTE: This recipe makes just enough for about 4 drinks. If you would like to have enough to freeze, double, or triple the recipe

How to Make Berry Puree

I made this with my daughter since I love cooking with kids, but I had to watch her carefully! When this mixture is hot, it can really burn. So be careful! Ok, back to the recipe…

The first step is to cook the berries with honey. You may be able to find a frozen bag of mixed berries in the freezer section at the store. If you do, you can definitely use that. 

If you can’t find mixed berries, use 1/3 cup each of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Add 1 Tablespoon Water, 1 Tablespoon Honey and 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.

berries cooking on the stove

You can use fresh berries, but they cost more and frozen berries taste just as good in this recipe. 

Also, keep a close eye on the berries as they cook. They can burn easily. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary to keep it from burning. 

thyme berry puree in sieve

Once the berries break down, pour everything into a blender. Add an additional 3 Tablespoons of water and blend until smooth. 

berry puree being pushed through sieve

Using a spoon, gently push the puree through a sieve. If you don’t mind raspberry seeds in your drink, you can skip this step. Personally, I think the seeds make the drink look pretty!

How to Use Berry Puree

There are so many uses for berry puree. Here are just some of our favorites:

  • With seltzer water and ice
  • In a Berry Champagne drink
  • In mixed drinks – It pairs especially well with Vodka
  • As a topping on Ice Cream
  • Mixed into butter for a berry butter
  • Mixed into cakes and muffins
  • As jelly on toast or a PB&J sandwich

Berry Puree Recipe

Ever wondered how to make berry puree? It can be used in so many dishes from impressive drinks to delicious muffins! Try it today!

Course Appetizer, Dessert, Drinks, Side Dish
Keyword Berry Puree for drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 144 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Mixed Berries Frozen
  • 4 Cups Water Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme Optional

Instructions

  1. In a small pot add the Mixed Berries, 1 Tablespoon of Water, Honey, and Thyme, if using

  2. Simmer over medium for 5 minutes or until the berries are soft. Watch closely and make sure it doesn't burn. Add more water 1 Tablespoon at a time, as needed

  3. Pour the berries into a blender. Add an additional 3 Tablespoons Water. Blend until smooth

  4. Optional: Gently press the mixture through a sieve using the back of a spoon. Discard the seeds. 

  5. It is now ready to be used any way you desire!

Nutrition Facts
Berry Puree Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 30g
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 8.6%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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