Sugar Free Strawberry Puree

Whip up this sugar free strawberry puree in 15 minutes! Enjoy over cake, yogurt, mix in cocktails or serve this as a strawberry sauce over ice cream!

Strawberry Puree in a glass jar

Strawberry Puree

I love making my own sauces with fresh fruit!  Not only is it simple to do, but you can control the amount of sweetener you add to the recipe.

This recipe is from my sugar free strawberry topping recipe, but I changed the sweetener (still sugar-free) because when I was first experimenting with sugar alternatives I used xylitol quite a bit.

Plus, oh my gosh!  Look at those old pictures!! Bad, super-duper horrible, but I can’t bear to delete them for some nutty reason. 

Xylitol is a natural sweetener made from fruits and vegetables.  You can find it in sugar-free gums and candies.  I think it’s a great alternative to granulated sugar, except there is one MAJOR problem.  Xylitol can be toxic to dogs, so I have banned it from our house.

Can you imagine our Abby accidentally getting into something that I made with xylitol?  Nope. No way.  Not on my watch!   She’s sticking with the occasional table scraps and peanut butter dog treats!

Greek yogurt in a glass jar with strawberry puree on the bottom

Sugar substitutions

Although xylitol is now off my shopping list, stevia, erythritol or monk fruit are some of the sugar alternatives that add just the right amount of sweetness without spiking my blood sugar levels.

Of course you can use granulated sugar too if you aren’t watching your sugar intake.

You can also use frozen strawberries for this puree, but I would thaw them first.

Fresh strawberries on a cutting board to make strawberry puree

How to wash strawberries

If you use fresh strawberries like I do here, then you want to wash and hull the berries.  The easiest way to clean strawberries is to put them in a colander, rinse with cool water, and then lay them on paper towels.

Gently dry the berries with an additional layer of paper towels to blot up the beads of water.

Remove the stems with a paring knife if you don’t have a fancy dancy strawberry huller.

a white colander of diced strawberries in preparation for strawberry puree

Next, slice the strawberries in about 1/4 inch pieces.  Place in a saucepan and add sweetener.

chopped strawberries in a saucepan cooking strawberry puree

Cook over medium high heat and stir occasionally while watching the berries breakdown into a delicious sauce.

Remove from the heat and add a splash of vanilla extract.

Fresh strawberry puree in a black saucepan cooking

Finally, blend the berries to your desired consistency.    I often blend 3/4 of the strawberries, then fold in the remaining thicker chunks when I want more of a strawberry sauce for pancakes or  whole wheat chocolate waffles.

blending strawberry puree

What to put strawberry sauce on

You will be tempted to eat this by the spoonful.  Your options are limitless!

Breakfast ideas

Dessert ideas

Drink ideas

Give me some more ideas and I’ll add them here!

Strawberry Puree in a mason jar with a black handled spoon

More Fruit Sauce Recipes To Try

Love making homemade fruit sauces? Be sure to check out these recipes too:

  • Mango puree – this easy sauce is delicious over pancakes or in yogurt.
  • Blueberry sauce – an all purpose blueberry sauce with a hint of cinnamon.
  • Easy Applesauce – this is a mix of apples and pears made in an instant pot. Creamy and delicious. You’ll never buy it again after trying a homemade version.
  • Peach freezer jam – savor the summer fruit and turn those sweet peaches into jam.
Strawberry Puree in a glass jar

Easy Sugar Free Strawberry Puree For Desserts or Beverages

Simple sugar free strawberry sauce to top on waffles, pancakes, fold in crepes, mix with yogurt, or top on ice cream. The options are limitless!
4.86 from 14 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: desserts, sugar free, sweets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup Swerve or equivalent sugar alternative
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Clean, stem, and chop strawberries in 1/4 pieces.
  • Add berries and sweetener (or sugar) to a medium high heated saucepan, stirring occasionally until the juices are released and the mixture begins to thicken (5-8 minutes).
  • Remove from heat, then add the vanilla and stir until blended. 
  • If you would like some thick chunks of strawberries in the sauce, remove about 1/2 cup and set aside.
  • Blend remaining strawberries to puree. Return 1/2 cup that was set aside and mix in the mixture.
  • Let cool completely. Store in an airtight jar and keep refrigerated. 


Granulated sugar can be used if you are not sugar-free.
Strawberry puree will remain fresh for about a week.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g


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Homemade sugar free strawberry sauce for desserts or make your own yogurt parfaits! Strawberry puree is delicious in cocktails too! Give this easy recipe a try. #strawberry #sauce #puree #easy #sugarfree #lowcarb #thefoodieaffair
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  1. I loved the vanilla in here… such a subtle addition but it worked perfectly slathered on my yogurt! Brilliant!