Maple Syrup Alternatives

We've all been there. You go to make a beautiful breakfast of pancakes or waffles and you realize that you are out of maple syrup! There are countless ingredients in your pantry that are perfect on top of pancakes, waffles or french toast. From fruit to ice cream toppings, you won't be disappointed that you are missing the maple syrup!

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    Turn Jam or Fruit Into Syrup

    Raspberry Pancakes
    Leah Maroney

    If you have fruit in the house you are in luck. This is by far the most delicious maple syrup alternatives. It is super easy to turn fruit into a delicious syrup of compote. Add a cup of frozen or fresh berries into a saucepan with a 1/4 cup of sugar. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently until slightly thickened. You can also add jam and a little water to a ​saucepan. Heat it for about 5 minutes and serve it over pancakes or waffles. You can use virtually any fruit. Berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are the most common and work the best!

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    Whip Together Delicious Berry Butter

    Berry Compound Butter
    Leah Maroney

    Berry butters are really easy to whip together. You can use frozen or fresh fruit. You combine them with softened butter and spread it over hot and fresh pancakes.  

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    Make Caramel Sauce

    banana caramel french toast
    Leah Maroney

    If you have bananas in the house you are also in luck! You can easily whip together this quick caramel sauce with sugar, water, butter, and heavy cream. Add in some freshly sliced bananas and you've got a topping that far exceeds any maple syrup!

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    Use Jam and Powdered Sugar

    Norwegian Pancakes
    Leah Maroney

    If you have any kind of beautiful berry jam and a little powdered sugar you can easily make your pancake dreams a reality. This combination is especially good on Norwegian pancakes and crepes.

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    Make Chocolate Sauce or Use Ice Cream Toppings

    Croissant French Toast
    Leah Maroney

    A pre-made chocolate sauce is probably the easiest topping solution. You can also melt some chocolate chips with a little heavy cream in a double boiler and pour it over the pancakes. We also like to drizzle Nutella over french toast or pancakes and add sliced strawberries or bananas. 

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    Make Coconut Cream!

    coconut cream pancakes
    Leah Maroney

    Coconut cream is super easy to make. All you need is some powdered sugar and a little coconut extract. You can replace it with vanilla extract for a delicious vanilla sauce!