Peaches that are soft and juicy and even past their best, are perfect to cook and making this healthy peach compote couldn’t be easier. A compote is simply a fruit that has been cooked down so it’s soft, thick and syrupy and utterly delicious! It can be made with any fruit, but I do love peach compote, particularly that it’s a seasonal fruit, so this way I can freeze it and enjoy it all year round.
It’s simple, quick and very versatile; whether it’s a dessert or a breakfast topping for your yoghurt or overnight oats.
To make this Peach Compote, you’ll need:
12 small peaches (or nectarines)
2 star anise
1/2 tsp (Ceylon) cinnamon
Cut the peaches in half, twist to remove the stone and cut the into small chunks.
Place them in a saucepan along with cinnamon and the star anise. Try to use whole ones, so they can easily be removed after cooking.
Cook on a low heat for around 15mins until the fruit is soft but remains intact.
This will keep in the fridge for up to a week, so it’s handy for a quick healthy grab when you’re pressed for time in the morning or mid afternoon, with yoghurt
Alternative serving suggestions
This base is delicious:
- To make a crumble; freeze it whilst it’s in season to use later during the winter with some stewed apples.
- Dolloped over vanilla ice cream
- As a pancake or waffle topping
- Sprinkled with shredded coconut & pumpkin seeds
I prefer not to add any sugar and rely on the fruit’s natural sweetness. If you find it’s a little tart for you, you can add a little honey or maple syrup (not artificial sweeteners!) at the time of serving but always taste it first. This way, the sweet toothed amongst you can enjoy it a little sweeter without making it sickly for the others! Ultimately I’d love you to aim for no added sweetness.