There's a lot to love about this recipe.
It's quick and easy! Throw everything in the blender, give it a whirl, and then simmer it on the stove top or in the microwave for 5 minutes. Done! I don't even bother to peel the peaches. The peels disintegrate into the mixture when it cooks and you can't even tell they are there. In fact, the peels give the sauce more healthy fiber and a richer color.
It's relatively low in sugar and calories. There's much less added sugar than in most fruit syrups and sauces. If you use ripe, naturally sweet peaches, less sugar is needed. It only has 19 calories per 2 tablespoon serving and just 1 Weight Watcher SmartPoint. (Complete nutritional information at the bottom of this post.)
It freezes well. That means you can make this up when peaches are in season and most flavorful, freeze it, and enjoy that summer flavor throughout the year. (NOTE: Because this is a low-sugar recipe, it is not suitable for water process canning. It is not shelf stable safe at room temperature and should be kept refrigerated or frozen.)
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients.
Step 2. Wash the peaches well, then pit and slice them. There's no need to peel the peaches--you won't even know they are there in the finished sauce. Nevertheless, you may peel the peaches, if you prefer. If you use frozen peaches, they are likely to be already peeled. No worries, peeled or unpeeled peaches both yield a delicious sauce.
Step 3. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse on high until desired texture (chunky or smooth) is achieved. I prefer mine a little chunky for a more rustic sauce.
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You can see in the photo below the little bits of peel after the raw peaches are blended. They will soon disappear when the mixture is cooked.
Step 4. Cook the mixture on the stove top or in the microwave. Here's how.
STOVE TOP METHOD: Transfer blended peach mixture to a 2-quart sauce pan, heat on medium heat until its at a low boil, continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The mixture will thicken and deepen in color. (It will thicken even more as it cools.) If you look hard enough, you can just barely see a few bits of cooked peel, and they soften completely so they melt in and don't change the texture of the sauce at all.
TO COOK IN MICROWAVE: Transfer blended peach mixture to microwave safe 1.5 to 2-quart bowl. Microwave on high power, uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring half way through.
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That's it! Easy, right? It is so flavorful and, well, peachy!
Step 5: Allow the cooked sauce to cool uncovered on the counter for 30 minutes, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. I store mine in mason jars for refrigerating or freezing.
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TO SERVE: Before serving, bring to room temperature or heat it slightly in microwave. My favorite uses for this sauce are as a topping for my Smooth and Creamy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or cheesecake and as jam on toast and biscuits. Yum!
Make it a Yummy day!
Weight Watchers SmartPoints (per 2 tablespoons): 1 SP
Here are some other easy fruit toppings you might like: