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A photo of a bowl of saskatoon berry pudding on a table with a few raw berries beside it

Saskatoon Berry Pudding

This recipe was submitted by an attendee at the Aboriginal Nutrition Network’s Revitalizing Connections Gathering in Thunder Bay in May 2014. Used with the permission of the Aboriginal Nutrition Network and Dietitians Canada. Some adaptations have been made to the original recipe to make it more kidney friendly. Diabetic patients should note that this recipe is relatively high in carbs and sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation.

The Saskatoon name comes from the Cree word misâskwatômina which means ‘the fruit of the tree of many branches’. Saskatoon berries are also known by other names such as shadbush, juneberry and prairie berry. Although they look similar to blueberries, they have a unique earthy flavour that is delicious in preserves and pies or right off the bush.

Saskatoon Berry Pudding


  • 2 cups (500 ml) Saskatoon berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup (78 ml) white sugar
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • ½ cup (125 ml) flour


  1. Combine the berries, 1 ½ cups of water and the sugar in medium size pot.
  2. Bring it up to a boil on high heat.
  3. Turn it down to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Put the flour into a small bowl. Add ½ cup of water and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the berries and cook the mixture on low for 10 minutes to make it thicker.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 141 KCal
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.9 g
  • Fibre: 2.6 g
  • Total Fat: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 3.9 mg
  • Phosphorus: 26.37 mg
  • Potassium: 124.76 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 6

Serving size: one sixth of the full recipe

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

4 fruit choices
2 starch choices

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup