Sweet and Spicy Blueberry Sauce

by Jennifer on June 27, 2013

in Breakfast Sweets, Fourth of July Desserts, Sauces & Spreads

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Sweet & Spicy Blueberry Sauce by notyourmommascookie.com

With all of my pregnancy woes, there is one great thing about being knocked up.

I can pretty much get out of doing anything. Including normal things like getting a snack from the kitchen. Refilling my gigantic water mug. Getting something that requires going up the stairs.

Because whenever I don’t feel like doing something, my husband is there to the rescue! I just say, in a pathetic voice, ”Hey babe, can you do this/get this for me?” If he ever protests, which isn’t that often, I just whine, “But, I’m growing a person!” Then, he just does it anyway.

But, trouble is looming. He is realizing that being pregnant does not mean that I can’t reach across the coach and get my own pillow. So, he’s fighting back a bit (at least in jest).

He has declared that anytime I want him to do something for me “because I’m pregnant,” (i.e. not a “legitimate” request) I have to listen to this song in its entirety.


I just….I just can’t.

Luckily, I have tested him, and I think he has forgotten about this arrangement. I’m cautiously optimistic…for now…

Sweet & Spicy Blueberry Sauce by notyourmommascookie.com

Anyway, onto the blueberries! When we were in Asheville, I had blueberry chipotle ribs and I really enjoyed the sweet/spicy combo. I thought – some desserts have a little kick, why not a blueberry sauce? This sauce is perfectly sweet and spicy and you can adjust the spice level to your liking (1/4 teaspoon of cayenne gives you a little kick, but is still rather mild). It is perfect for ice cream, pancakes, crepes – you name it!

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Sweet and Spicy Blueberry Sauce
  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup orange juice, no pulp
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (start with ¼ teaspoon and add more as desired)
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, ½ cup water, orange juice, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium-low.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until combined. Stir into blueberry mixture and simmer until thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in vanilla extract and cayenne pepper. Start with ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and add more as desired (mixture will be hot, so be careful with your taste testing!).
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Allrecipes


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1 Paula June 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I’m with you. I didn’t even click on the video :) Really like that you spiced up this blueberry sauce and now I’m wondering just exactly what blueberry chipotle ribs taste like!


2 Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Oh, so good, Paula! :) The spicy/sweet paired so nicely with the meat…it was awesome!


3 Laura Dembowski June 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

You shouldn’t have to do things you don’t want too. This is your one chance in life to have other people do everything for you and eat anything you want. I say go for it!


4 Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Quite true, Laura! But, perhaps I take advantage of it a little too much… ;)


5 The Bearfoot Baker June 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I think you and your hubby are so cute! I love that he does things for you. So sweet. There is no way I could listen to that song either! Hahahah

PS- This blueberry sauce looks incredible! I am so happy you went to Asheville and got all this inspiration. And your photos…WOW!! LOVE!!! AWESOME!!!


6 Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

He always gives in – he can’t help it! He’s so excited for the baby :) And that song? Ugh. He knows that I hate it! So cheesy.


7 Nessa June 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Looks perfect!


8 Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thanks, Nessa! :)


9 Elizabeth June 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

This looks so great to slather over ice cream in the summertime! Plus, super easy, which is always a plus!


10 Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! Easy is the best :)


11 The Partiologist June 28, 2013 at 8:40 am

Ha – so funny – I can’t listen to that song either! I bet he’ll be happy to get you a bowl of this blueberry sauce on ice cream – along with one for himself!


12 Jennifer June 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

Oh, yes! He is a blueberry fiend, so he’s always happy when I make blueberry treats :)


13 Karly June 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

“But I’m growing a person” and “Laying on this couch right now, making a human being, is the equivalent of you climbing a mountain” were my two favorite phrases while pregnant.


14 Jennifer June 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

Haha – so awesome! I might have to steal the “climbing a mountain” one to use on my husband ;)


15 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hahah! But seriously, that song is tortuous. I think I’d just hope he forgot about that whole arrangement, too! This blueberry sauce is amazing, Jennifer! So cool that your Asheville trip inspired you. Thanks for sharing!


16 Jennifer June 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Thanks, Georgia! He actually started singing it today…I think I’m in trouble :( I guess I’ll be refilling my own water mug from now on! ;)


17 Yvonne @ bitter baker June 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love the idea of a sweet and spicy blueberry sauce!! And omg, you’re hilarious, I love reading your posts! I hope you can get out of listening to that song…


18 Jennifer June 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Thanks, Yvonne! :)


19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

What a fun idea to add a little kick.
I so missed the boat on so many things with I was pregnant – way to get the hubby to do some extra work! Growing a bay is not easy!


20 Jennifer June 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Not easy for sure! I’m trying to make the most of my situation while I can ;)


21 Mike @ Semi Sweet June 29, 2013 at 2:54 am

Haha, I clicked on the video and only made it to the 20 second mark. Ugh, I couldn’t do it! Blueberry chipotle ribs sound so good I can see how it was such an inspiration for this sauce. :)


22 Jennifer June 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

Isn’t it terrible, Mike? Truly tortuous ;) At least the sauce is yummy!


23 Wendy June 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Mmmm, I agree that fruity and spicy are a wonderful combination for savory things like ribs (those blueberry chipotle ribs sound great) or sweet. Just a bit can add warmth as opposed to heat. Perfect on top of cold creamy ice cream! Husbands have no idea how much they owe their pregnant wives. Going through pregnancy and labor (note it is called ” labor”, not “picnic”) is life altering. The least they can do is toss over a few pillows and fill a few snack requests! :)


24 Jennifer June 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Haha, you are so right, Wendy! In actuality, he is very sweet and does almost anything I ask him to :) He just likes to pull out Paul Anka every once in a while to annoy me!


25 Sarah | The Sugar Hit June 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I love a little cayenne in my sweets! It adds that perfect hint of spice, without being overpowering. Sounds amazing.


26 Jennifer June 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thanks so much, Sarah! :)


27 Reeni June 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Lately I have been loving vanilla ice cream with fresh blueberries – this is even better! Love that spicy kick you added to wake up our taste buds! Love that line “I’m growing a person.” So cute. It would work on me!


28 Jennifer July 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

Thanks, Reeni! :)


29 Carrie's Creations July 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I LOVE getting away with anything because I’m pregnant! My husband is pretty good about just doing it without fighting back, but just like you I always say “I’m growing a human! From scratch!” and then I pretty much win, with the occasional eye roll. I also use it to justify that additional ____ I always want to eat. Just say “I’m pregnant” and it seems everyone nods and understands.


30 Jennifer July 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

True that – there is so much we can get away with! ;)


31 Lora July 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I love this sauce and I believe pregnancy is a ticket out of doing pretty much anything you don’t want to do.


32 Jennifer July 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

That has been my mantra so far! Luckily, I’m still in the comfortable stage, no aches and pains yet. As soon as that hits, I will be pretty worthless ;)


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