Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thanksgiving Healthy Recipes: Cranberries

Thanksgiving Healthy Recipes: Cranberries

Cranberries are wonderful little orbs or tartness that put the 'tive in festive for the holidays. We certainly can't serve a Thanksgiving dinner without them. As clean eating health maximizers this can pose a problem though. Cranberries are really, really tart. If you don't do something to sweeten them up your dinner guests will remember you always for all the wrong reasons. So let's get creative.

The expedient and well-established cranberry tartness solutions are Mayflower boat loads of refined sugar and the nefarious high fructose corn syrup. The Pilgrims didn't have these unnecessary ingredients and neither did their hosts. So we don't need them either. Rather than going with maple sugar or syrup let's boost the sweetness and flavor with fruit.


24 ounces of washed fresh cranberries (usually 2 bags)
1 cup pineapple juice (watch the ingredients labels for chemicals)
½ cup of applesauce with no added sugar (watch the ingredients labels for chemicals)
½ cup of water
2 teaspoons orange zest (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Raw local honey or Stevia (optional to increase sweetness)


  1. Add cranberries, pineapple juice, applesauce and water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to pop (about 15 minutes).
  3. Add optional cinnamon and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in optional orange zest.
  5. Cool completely in fridge overnight before serving.
  6. If you need to add some sweetness at this point stir in honey one tablespoon at a time until it is to your liking. If you or a guest are allergic to honey use Stevia sweetener instead.

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