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Strawberry Topping (Paleo, AIP, Keto, Vegan, Gluten-free)

Strawberry Topping is the perfect condiment for waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, yogurt and so much more. This recipe is compatible with Paleo, AIP, Keto, Low Carb, Vegan and Gluten-free diets.
Course Breakfast, condiment, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword aip, compote, dessert, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, sauce, strawberry, topping, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 26kcal
Author Megan
Cost $4


  • saucepan


  • 10 ounces strawberries or 2 heaping cups; if frozen, partially thawed (set out on a cutting board at room temperature for about 20 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sweetener coconut sugar for Paleo, AIP, Gluten-free and Vegan (or maple sugar); low carb granulated sweetener for Keto (You can also add about 5 drops stevia for the Keto version if you'd like it sweeter.)
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch for Paleo, AIP, Gluten-free, VAD and Vegan; for Keto, use 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (If you can't use one of these two thickeners, please Comment in the space provided below the post, and I can provide a couple more options that also work.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional, OR, 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice


  • If your strawberries are fresh, rinse them briefly to wash. If your strawberries are frozen, allow to defrost at room temperature for about 20 minutes, so they're easy to cut. Cut each strawberry into quarters, unless they're small.
  • Place fresh or frozen strawberries in a medium-small size saucepan (mine has a 4-cup capacity). Add 6 Tablespoons water and sweetener, and bring to a simmer.
  • Lower heat so the strawberries slow-simmer. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While strawberries cook, stir together remaining 2 Tablespoons water and tapioca flour (or with xanthan gum for Keto: sprinkle the xanthan gum on top of the sauce and stir it in. Do not dump the xanthan gum, or it will clump). For non-Keto, add tapioca slurry to the strawberries.
  • Stir and simmer for 1 additional minute until mixture looks thickened and saucy.
  • Remove from heat, and add the vanilla. (You may also add fresh lemon juice, if desired.)
  • Add optional 1 additional cup of fresh strawberries, chopped, and stir in. Serve warm or chilled.


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg