Strawberry Syrup Recipe

What’s better than the perfect, fluffy pancake recipe? A delicious homemade strawberry syrup that tastes as good as it looks!

Strawberry syrup recipe

In a previous post, I shared my Blueberry Syrup Recipe. And, if you are a long-time reader, you know that every Thursday night it’s breakfast night at my house. The reason for this is because a) it’s a good break from dinner-time “disagreements” over trying to get the kids to eat their vegetables and b) it’s a budget friendly meal.

The syrup is super easy to make and in this video below, I’m going to show you how to make it with honey since that’s something that’s been requested frequently.

Really, it IS that simple to make your own fresh fruit syrup! If you are new to this blog, you might want to check out my gluten free pancake recipe and the Blueberry Syrup Recipe. I’m sure they will be come favorites at your house too.

Strawberry pancake syrup

On any given weekend, you can find us eating some of the recipes from the breakfast section or testing new recipes to share with you. Something I love about testing our breakfast recipes is that I can also freeze them so the kids can have a homemade breakfast in minutes on a rushed morning. All I have to do is pop them in the toaster oven and top them with a drizzle of this delicious pancake syrup. Breakfast in minutes and out the door they go!

kids headed to school

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

I chose to make this strawberry syrup because they are available nearly year-round. And of course, you can make this syrup with frozen berries too! It’s the ultimate year-round recipe! On a cost-saving note: this is also a recipe to use with those overly ripe berries you have in your fridge so they don’t go to waste. Repurposing them into this strawberry syrup will extend the life of your berries and save you money on wasted food.

Strawberry syrup

Strawberry Syrup

Why would you want to make your own strawberry syrup? For starters, it’s super easy. If you can warm up soup in a small pot you can do this syrup. It’s way better for you than the fake stuff. Yes, anything that has high fructose corn syrup, and no real strawberries IS FAKE.  It’s made with artificial colors, flavors, and other unidentifiable ingredients that I’d rather not purchase.

How to make strawberry syrup

If you are anything like me, a parent who is trying to feed her family better with real food, these “distractions” are everywhere. Now, I know “sugar” isn’t the best thing for our kids, so I make this syrup with unrefined sugar or honey.

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Strawberry Syrup

I hope you give this strawberry syrup a try and jazz up your pancake routine. What are some of your favorite pancake toppings? Do you have any family-favorite breakfast recipes?

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Strawberry syrup made with fresh fruit. A healthier pancake topping full of flavor, inspired by what you’d get at Ihop!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Category: Breakfast


  • 2 cups diced strawberries
  • ½ cup unrefined sugar (sucanat), sugar or, honey
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Combine 2 Tablespoons water and cornstarch in a small dish and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water, sucanat (or sugar) and diced strawberries to a boil. Stir occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add water+cornstarch mixture and blend well. The sauce will thicken, the strawberries will have semi dissolved and the mixture will begin smelling like warm jelly. Turn off heat and allow some cooling before serving.
  3. My picky eaters like “smooth” syrup so I take this extra step: Carefully pour strawberry sauce inside a blender (or stick an immersion blender in the pot if you have one) and mix well until it’s a thick sauce. Slowly add about ¼ cup more water while blending.
  4. Store in refrigerator up to 30days. Take out a few minutes before serving at room temperature or warm.


If you want to eliminate the ‘refined’ sugar from this recipe, you can use maple syrup. Cook your berries and once they are “reduced” add in 1/3 cup maple syrup.


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 32
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 0.3mg
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.1g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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318 thoughts on “Strawberry Syrup Recipe”

  1. Suzanne L. says:

    Homemade muffins paired with a green smoothie is our quick morning breakfast, especially during the school year!

    My daughter loves the Butterfly Garden backpack & lunchbox.

  2. Jess says:

    We make ahead pancake mix with pumpkin puree, and cinnamon for a tasty breakfast.
    His all-time favorite is “egg with the center cut out”, but I don’t know how to make ahead, and still have runny yolks.
    We checked out the backpacks and lunchboxes, he thinks the zombie one is awesome!

  3. Heather Benes says:

    My favorite thing to have for a quick breakfast to get us out of the house are breakfast burritos. I love that I can make a batch of these and put them in the freezer for a quick heat up in the microwave when I need them. My kids prefer fruit that I have cut up and saved in the fridge. They can grab the fruit and eat it while they’re getting dressed in the morning. I would like to see a healthy version of a breakfast burrito from you. I’m sure mine could use a healthy makeover 🙂 I really liked the shark backpack for my son and the fairy wings backpack for my daughter. I had never heard of this company before, they do an awesome job with kids backpacks. I also like that they donate backpacks to kids around the world – knowing this really makes me want to give them my business! Thank you for the opportunity to win a backpack.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Heather, I love making breakfast burritos ahead of time too! Check out my recipe. It’s simple and fast!

      1. Heather Benes says:

        Awesome, thank you so much for the link! I’ll check it out.

  4. Shea says:

    I love the momables mini quiches. We also do the perfect pancakes- I double the batch and freeze them- so easy!

  5. Mindy says:

    Like many others, I like to make a big batch of something and freeze. Then thaw and go, or pop in the toaster. Waffles, banana or zucchini muffins, french toast sticks, applesauce muffins, egg muffins. I also make and freeze smoothies, put one in the fridge at night and it is ready to drink in the am.

    Momables approved lunch box? I’m sold! I am forever on the hunt for the ideal lunchbox. Super cute too! Love the backpack idea since my 8 year old son already has back pain /issues. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Patsy says:

    Breakfast burrito and oatmeal. I make regular not instant oatmeal but make it in three minutes in the microwave so it’s faster. I love the dino camo backpack!

  7. Amber M says:

    Our go to quick breakfast is yogurt with granola or muesli and fruit. We choose low sugar yogurt and the protein gives a good energy boost.

    My son pointed at and liked a few of the cute backpacks on the Bixbee site! 🙂

  8. paula says:

    Our favorite quick breakfast is a yogurt parfait with plain greek yogurt, hoeny, fresh fruit, and homemade granola. Yum!

  9. Kay Lechner says:

    So excited to learn more about Bixbee – thanks for the email about their backpacks!
    My go-to breakfast recipe is mini quinoa quiches — I always have some in the freezer that I can thaw overnight and heat up in the morning (or eat cold if I’m in a real hurry). The eggs, green veggies, and quinoa are a great start to the day!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Gina says:

    My go-to breakfast is a high protein pancake/waffle for me and the kids…The recipe is from the Guyer Family blog and includes 4 eggs, 1c cottage cheese, a 1/2c of flour a dash of salt and vanilla and only one tablespoon of coconut sugar. I blend it all in a Vitamix the night before and then can either make fresh or make ahead and freeze to pop in the toaster in the morning.

    The Bixbee lunchboxes and backpacks look sturdy and right up our alley. 🙂

  11. Lisa says:

    My healthy go to recipe for breakfast is smashed banana with wheat germ anf flax seed!

  12. Anne F. says:

    Our go to breakfast for our 2 little girls are either greek yogurt w/ a little honey, cinnamon, chia seeds and fresh fruit or whole wheat toast with a little cream cheese and fruit on the side. My husband eats during his long commute so he likes it simple and filling… Overnight oats! He likes different combos so I try to experiment w/ whatever fruits we have on hand. I can’t wait to try your bananas foster version!

  13. Danielle says:

    Our quick (healthy) go-to breakfasts are Fruit & nut parfaits, oatmeal with fruit & chia seeds & omlettes with spinach and grape tomatoes

  14. Jackie says:

    I make a huge batch of erthang breakfast related then freeze the leftovers for weekday mornings. ‘Mama, can I have pancakes?’. Yes. Yes, you can.

  15. Hi! We eat yogurt & peanut butter a lot. I find the higher protein breakfasts go a longway toward higher energy and happier more content kiddos.

    🙂 Tina

  16. Richard Murray says:

    Very quick and easy to make in roughly twenty minutes. Filled a pint jar with sauce in anticipation of pancakes in the morning and later ice cream

  17. Monet says:

    Do you think Splenda would work in place of sugar?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      While I don’t use splenda for cooking, I know others have used it successfully. Unfortunately, I can’t guesstimate the measurements for you.

      1. Monet says:

        When subbing splenda for sugar it tends to be that you use the same amount. If anyone is ever curious there is a chart on Splenda’s website. I will likely go by taste, I’ve only recently started to use splenda instead of sugar in baking. Thanks for replying!

  18. Lauren says:

    I had to continue simmering this batch for about an hour after the initial 10 minutes to make it thick enough to be considered pancake syrup even after I took an immersion blender to it. I made sure I followed the directions to a T so next time I will use less water. I also made the blueberry version with the same instructions and it turned out perfect! Both are very tasty and simple to make!

  19. Robert says:

    My wife wanted some French Toast, but she did not want some store bought syrup and wanted a homemade fruity syrup. I found this recipe and gave it a try. Afterwards, she needed to make sure that I had made extra syrup because she loved it so much.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I am so glad it was such a hit Robert! and thank you for letting me know you guys loved it.

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