This post has been sponsored by Ocean Spray® All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Breakfast is my dad’s favorite meal.
When I was growing up, I’d say 75% of the times we went out to eat were for breakfast (or, if that wasn’t possible, to a place that served breakfast all day).
And the meals at home I remember most are breakfast.
We’d have waffles (made in our special heart-shaped waffle maker) or pancakes or French toast, usually with a side of sausage or pancakes and a fruit smoothie or orange juice.
And ALWAYS a syrup.
My dad is somewhat particular about syrup.
If it’s maple syrup, it must be hot. I didn’t even know people ate maple syrup at room temperature or straight from the fridge until I was probably eight or nine.
But more often than maple syrup, my mom would make a homemade sauce or syrup.
Strawberry sauce was the go-to, and if we had whipped cream to go on top? The best.
Once I got married and started cooking more on my own, I began experimenting with other syrups and sauces.
We LOVE pancakes around here and I make killer pancakes (this is the recipe I use), but the most important part is always what syrup will go on top.
Although we have some go-to syrups, I also love making seasonal syrups, with fresh berries in the summer or an apple cider version in the fall.
My favorite shortcut is using a really good juice to make syrup because then I’m not dependent on my fruit being perfectly ripe at the exact moment.
A recent favorite was this delicious spiced cranberry apple syrup.
I picked up some of the new Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry Apple at Fry’s and while my pancakes were cooking, I whipped this syrup up.
This recipe has a total of six ingredients, so it’s really quick and, bonus, it tastes AMAZING.
Also, while some of the syrups I’ve made definitely veer into the super-sugary territory, I loved that this one had no added sugar (the Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry Apple has no added sugar or artificial colors/flavors/preservatives added).
This recipe is not overly sweet – just the perfect complement to our pancakes without feeling like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.
I’m certainly not opposed to the occasional dessert for breakfast, but especially during the holidays, I like to keep the sugar down where I can.
The other thing I loved is how fantastic my whole house smelled for hours after I made this. Basically all of fall wrapped up in an easy syrup.
Next time you’re at a Kroger store or a Kroger banner store, you can pick up an Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juice in the juice aisle (next up for our family is a Cranberry Blueberry syrup!). If you’re interested in all 3 flavors offered in the new organic juices, head over to Ocean Spray’s website here!