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Spice-Berry Balsamic Sauce

The warm spices complement the flavor punch from the black pepper and balsamic vinegar in this all-purpose sauce. Use all of one type of berry or a frozen-berry mixture. Serve warm over low-fat frozen yogurt, pancakes, or French toast.

Cooking Light MARCH 2006

  • Yield: 2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)


  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) package frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


Combine first 8 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water, stirring with a whisk; add to fruit mixture. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Discard cinnamon stick.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 33
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 8.5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Calcium: 9mg

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Spice-Berry Balsamic Sauce Recipe