I like eating predominately raw, but when the winter & snow roll around in my drafty home, I like to have something warm.  This treat is healthy and warming to the soul.  I like to eat it by itself.  Some people enjoy it over-top of a plain dairy-free yogurt.  There are others...God bless them, that even in the winter... like it over a plant-based ice cream.  Brrr... 


  • 1 large sweet Fuji apple (could be another type Gala, Braeburn), diced
  • 1 peeled & diced navel orange
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/2  c. dried prunes
  • 1 ripe Bartlett pear, diced
  • 1½ c. water (could be more depends on the amount of fruit you put in)
  • 1/4  c. date sugar (to taste)
  • 3 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/4 c. Calimyrna figs (diced or whole)
  • 1/4  c. dried apricots (diced or whole)
  • 1/4-1/2 c. almonds (soaked overnight is best, but not necessary)
  • 1/4 c. date sugar
  • 1/8 c.  coconut flakes

What to do

  • Throw everything into the pot and fill with water an inch or so higher than the level that the fruit reaches on the pot. 
  • Let it come not quite to a boil and then turn down and simmer.  I cook it long enough for the almonds to become soft - about 20 mins. I add in water if it gets too low.   
  • Serve it up warm and top with some fresh fruit.  I like berries, but you choose what suits your fancy.  


You can play around with the types of dried fruits you add to your compote.  Perhaps leaving out figs and placing in fresh plums...Have fun!

Have fun!