Supposedly, high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. So, we no longer use pancake syrup. Something about this type of sugar makes you hungrier for more. Don't all sugars do that to you? So I started making fruit compote instead. That is until I can save a fortune to get real maple syrup. (Santa, I want that for Christmas!)
Cook sliced fruit over medium heat: berries, bananas, apples, or pears. Cook to simmer for few minutes until mushy.
Mix a heaping teaspoon of cornstarch, 1/4c sugar & 1/2 cup of water in a bowl . You can also put it in a jar and shake it up to get lumps out. If your fruit is sweet enough, use less sugar. Add to the fruit and simmer until it thickens. Add more water to thin out. Add more cornstarch/water mix to thicken. Just NEVER add the cornstarch directly to the hot pan. The lumps will not be pretty!
This idea came from making apple pies. Spice up breakfast with this concoction: French toast, pancakes, waffles too. It's healthy too: pick the fruit in the summer and freeze enough for the year. Sam's Club also sells frozen blueberries & strawberries at a reasonable price.