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Berry Sauce Recipe

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This naturally gluten-free berry sauce is delicious over pound cake, ice cream, waffles or pancakes, or as a filling in crepes. Some people like to make strawberry sauce, some like raspberry sauce, I like them together for this berry sauce!

Berry Sauce in carafe with strawberries and raspberries

Fresh summer berries are a favorite around here. This berry sauce recipe allows you to combine your favorite berries to make a thick, fresh & flavorful sauce that will have you licking the spoon it’s so good! I almost always make it for us to have over slices of my gluten-free pound cake. We also enjoy it later in the week over gluten-free buttermilk pancakes. So good!

You can also add a bit of this berry sauce to a vanilla milkshake before blending for great berry flavor! The sauce is versatile and keeps up to a week in the fridge.

While you can make this with only one kind of berry, I like the blend of flavors from multiple berries the best. 

Ingredients for Berry Sauce Recipe. Strawberries, raspberries, sugar and vanilla extract.

In the peak of strawberry season, when I can get big, juicy California strawberries at Costco, I make this with 3 cups fresh strawberries + 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries. That’s what’s pictured above, along with the sugar and pure vanilla extract needed for making this sauce. Yes, it’s that easy – just those 4 ingredients!

Later in the summer, when we are harvesting bowl-fulls of raspberries and blackberries from our garden, I swap the ratio to use 3 cups of berries, and only a cup of strawberries.  So feel free to use whatever ratio of berries you prefer, as long as your total amount of berries is 4 cups.

This recipe makes 2 cups of sauce, which is plenty for enjoying over all of the slices of gluten-free pound cake with whipped cream!

gluten-free pound cake with berry sauce

Berry Sauce served over gluten-free pound cake.

Other gluten-free strawberry recipes:

Gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Lemon Dacquiri 

Gluten-free Pop Tarts

Berry sauce with strawberries and raspberries

I hope you and your family enjoy this berry sauce as much as my family does!

Gluten-free Berry Sauce Recipe: 

Yield: 2 cups

Berry Sauce

Berry Sauce in carafe with strawberries and raspberries

This naturally gluten-free berry sauce is delicious over pound cake, ice cream, waffles or pancakes, or as a filling in crepes.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 4 cups total fresh or frozen unsweetened sliced strawberries and/or raspberries, marionberries or blackberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the berries, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Cook over medium heat, mashing fruit and stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Now pour all of the sauce into a blender and puree/blend until smooth, about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve (unless you want to serve it warm).


While this sauce is cooking, I usually slice up an additional 2-3 cups of strawberries and put in fridge until ready to serve. When serving with pound cake, I will usually add some of the sliced berries and then pour the topping over all.

The color of this sauce will obviously vary depending on the berries you choose. If made with all strawberries, it's a more orange red. Since we grow raspberries, I often make this with half raspberries and half strawberries or some other ratio of those two berries.

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Saturday 12th of March 2022

[…] Summer Berry Sauce from My Gluten-Free Kitchen […]

Angelina Guzman

Friday 16th of August 2019

Could I use this sauce for cake filling?

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Sunday 18th of August 2019

This would be too thin for that. Here's a couple of ideas though: 1) mix this sauce with some frosting and use that for the filling. 2) Cook this sauce for longer to evaporate more of the liquid so that it becomes closer to a jam consistency for using as a filling. Hope those ideas help!


Monday 29th of April 2019

I love this sauce! It's sweet but not too sweet and it has been amazing on everything I've tried it with - pound cake and brownies!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

I'm so glad you liked it too!


Monday 29th of April 2019

Looks fabulous! Strawberry season is my favorite season.

Patti Duro

Friday 20th of June 2014

Can the sugar be substituted with another sweetener?

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