Summer in Cali is HOT…

We just moved and I had visions of watching the kids play in the pool, cocktail in hand.  HA!  What was I thinking?  There are boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff. There are pictures to hang, wifi to install, furniture to position. In my humble opinion, the stress of moving is very underrated. But, I am trying my best to keep life normal for the boys amongst the insistent hammering, fumbling for light switches, and the slew of other things.  So for tonight, it is a good ole movie night with Harry Potter’s Order of the Phoenix and ice cream sundaes. Hope you love this fresh fruit coulis recipe as much as we do – it definitely makes any ice cream scoop brighter and healthier.  Here we go, let’s get down to the business of making fruit coulis.

Coulis is a form of thick sauce made from puréed fruits.

  1. Cut Fruit + Water + Lemon Juice + Sugar
  2. Boiled
  3. Blended
  4. Strained

You really can choose just about any fruit from pineapples to kiwis, but my favorites are strawberries, cherries and mango. Chop the fruit and don’t worry about how small the chunks are because we’re just going to blend these babies anyway.

Add in a dash of sugar…

Next some acid, aka lemon juice to the saucepan.  Then, let them boil until they’re super soft.

I love how beautiful and bright these coulis can be.  You can add them to ice cream like we do or use them with pancakes, smoothies, or atop parfaits.

Blend well – the Vita Mix is my fave but a good old blender works just as well with these soft fruits. (to note: this kitchen is my old kitchen, sigh, and admittedly this pic does make me a little nostalgic for the old house…) Moving on.

After blending you could strain with a colander to nab any sneaky chunks. Add your fruit coulis to a cute serving carafe OR simply pour directly on your favorite flavor of ice cream. And if you want to keep in line with our Harry Potter escape, try, “Accio Coulis!”

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

fruit coulis
fruit coulis

Fruit Coulis

By TheSweetNerd  

August 1, 2017

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins


2 cups fruit, pitted and halved or frozen thawed

¼ cup water

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice


1Place fruit into a small saucepan with the water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook until fruits are soft (about 7 minutes).

2Remove fruit from heat, transfer to a blender and puree. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to ensure a smooth sauce. Refrigerate the coulis for up to three days.



  • I love a good coulis! Your variations look lush

  • 7 years ago

    This is the best topping for ice cream or cheesecakes. Great for a dessert table to have all the flavors.

  • Lorna Soonhee
    7 years ago

    Wow, I had no idea how easy it was to make Fruit Coulis and can’t wait to try it out. It seems to be the perfect topping on ice cream. Yes, please!

  • 7 years ago

    My daughter is 7 months old, so these fruit purees look absolutely perfect. Yum! She loves mango.

  • 7 years ago

    You made this look too easy and those colors are gorgeous!

  • I love your step by step instructions. I see these on my brunch table this Sunday.

  • Tessa
    7 years ago

    I prefer fruit to chocolate or carmel sauces, so this is right up my alley. Mango especially! Thanks Cindy!

  • Kendall
    7 years ago

    Love this! My ice cream sundaes are going to be next level with these fruit coulis

  • I can imagine how delicious this is on a sundae and it looks super easy! I’m mesmerized by all those pretty colours!! Gorgeous! P.S. Love those Harry Potter movies 😉

  • Ryan
    7 years ago

    I love love love LOVE the idea of sitting down with a Mango ice cream sundae and a book, which will be exactly what I’m doing this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

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