Want to try different flavors this fall? Cranberry is the new versatile flavor where you can enjoy a tangy yet sweet flavor. You can add this ingredient to appetizers, snacks, dinners, desserts, and even drinks. It is harvested in the fall so that you can carry out your best cranberry recipes over the holiday season.  

Best Cranberry Recipes

Slightly tart and gorgeous red cranberries are the best thing you can use for making sweet to savory recipes. The following cranberry recipes include everything from side dishes to show-stopping desserts to highlight the best version of your creation.  

Cranberry Juice Benefits

Cranberry juice is a liquid form of cranberry, a deep red drink mainly manufactured to contain sugar, water, and other fruit juices. This fruit is native to North America, looks bright red, and has a sharp sour, and bitter taste. You cannot eat them raw, so that’s why it’s processed with sweetener or blended with other fruit juice. 

Cranberries are also found in different forms, such as sauce, powder, extracts, supplements, and dried cranberries. The nutritional elements of cranberries can vary depending on their form, from raw to dry. The juice is also not the same, as it contains lots of added sugar or other fruit mixes. 

The vitamins and minerals in cranberry juice have antioxidants and small amounts of vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, K, E, K1 folate, manganese, calcium, potassium, and copper. Here are some of the following cranberry juice health benefits:

  • Cranberry juice can fight against radicals, preventing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. 
  • Polyphenols in cranberries can improve our heart health.
  • UTI, or urinary tract infection, can be prevented or treated with cranberry juice.
  • supports the post-menopausal health of people of all ages.
  • Cranberries can promote the growth of bacterial microbes.

Cranberry Bread

Cranberry bread is a delightful, moist, and flavorful appetizer or side dish you can have in Thanksgiving and Christmas treats. A sweet glaze of orange and tangy dried cranberries is a perfect combination of tastes you can enjoy in bread. 

I used gluten-free all-purpose flour and ground flaxseed to make a loaf of perfect gluten-free bread. This bread goes perfectly with the cranberry and orange combo. Also, the strong, sweet, and pleasant flavor of almond extract pairs well with cranberries.  

Healthy Cranberry Muffins

These gluten-free, healthy cranberry muffins take about 30 minutes to prepare. The tartness of cranberries infused with the sweet citrus flavor of the orange makes these fluffy muffins a tempting breakfast or dessert option. A fantastic way to rejoice in the unique colors and flavors of my favorite winter season!

Cranberries are a well-known healthy food. They can be consumed as sauces or juices. These can also be used in other things like stuffing, casseroles, and desserts. Usually, these nutrient-dense berries are a traditional Thanksgiving side dish; however, you have got to try these healthy cranberry muffins.

Vegan Banana Cranberry Bread

For every banana bread, the banana has to be ripe to make the overall bread yummy. Black-spotted ripe bananas are the least favorite thing that anyone would eat. So, without wasting them, you can prepare them for baking bread. 

Bananas are easy to mix into your dough, and they will make the bread taste sweet. The sweetness from the raw banana, the tanginess of cranberry, and the warmth of vanilla make a perfect bread; that you can add to your Christmas breakfast wish list. This vegan banana cranberry bread is suitable for a family gathering, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Pecans

This roasted butternut squash with pecan and Cranberries is a fall-fabulous dish that will add a lovely twist as a dinner side dish.

The creamy sweetness of butternut squash, the warmth from the spices, the crunch of the pecans, and the tart of the cranberries make this dish a complexly pleasing experience. It is also easy, quick to make, and very good for you.

Pan-Fried Tofu with Cranberry Sauce

This time of year makes me crave cranberries even more than pumpkin! They are my all-time favorite fall/winter ingredient, which is why I’m so excited to share this vegan Pan-Fried Tofu with Cranberry Sauce recipe! Now that it is November, it seems appropriate to share it.

Vegan Cranberry Fluff

Vegan cranberry fluff also called, cranberry salad, or millionaire’s salad, is the perfect Thanksgiving holiday side,  chopped fresh cranberries, crushed pineapple, chopped apples, grapes, pecans, vegan mini marshmallows, and coconut whipped cream. Now you can enjoy this vegan version of your favorite classic cranberry fluff salad with the perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and creamy.

This creamy cranberry salad reminds me so much of the amazing ambrosia salad that I had weekly at church potluck many years ago. Cranberry salad recipes should be on every Thanksgiving or Christmas Feast.  Personally, I treat it like dessert even though it is traditionally served as a holiday side.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Enjoy these twice-baked Italian-style cookies made with tasty cranberries and roasted pistachios, an excellent crispy and crunchy dessert you can enjoy on holidays. 

Every bite of these biscotti bursts with the nutty flavors of the pistachio and the fruity texture of the cranberry. I simply love to have them every Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

Almond Flour Cranberry Cookies

Almond flour cranberry cookies are very soft, chewy, and flavorful, nutritious low-carb snacks, which is a perfect addition you can present to your Christmas cookie tray. It is naturally gluten-free, sweetened with organic cane sugar, and full of protein and fiber. 

Cranberries cookies are classic on holidays, and this version of cookies is the best thing you can make! They have soft and buttery layers inside and crispy outside. 

Vegan Sweet Potato Salad

For those looking for an exceptional variety of side dishes, vegan sweet potato salad is the star of cookouts and potlucks. Sweet potatoes add versatility to your palate, and it’s the best thing you can enjoy in the winter. 

Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients and low-carb food, so for people who are on a low-carb diet or conscious about health, this salad is the best choice for their daily diet. This recipe is super filling, satisfying, and comforting that you can even have it as dinner.  

Vegan Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce adds an essential burst of sweet and tangy flavor and ruby red color beauty beside vegan beige meals. The natural homemade cranberry sauce is much prettier and healthier than the store-bought, not to mention the extra maple syrup sweetness that tastes amazing with cranberries. 

It only takes 15 minutes to prepare, so you can instantly make it as a part of the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. You can also make it ahead of time, and it will stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge. 

Cranberry Ground Cherry Sauce

An amazing take on Cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. This Cranberry Ground Cherry Sauce is so flavorful, a great combination of sweet and tart with a hint of spice. Cranberries, ground cherries, maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon stick.

This maple cranberry sauce is much healthier than the refined sugar version and it is delicious, adjust maple syrup to your liking, you can substitute the apple juice for orange juice or just use plain water. 

Cranberry Apple Sauce

Cranberry apple sauce is the new version of cranberry sauce. For this, you only need to add apple juice and diced apple with fresh cranberries. The apple adds extra sweetness, fiber, and nourishment to the recipe. 

I chose coconut sugar for this recipe as it adds a deep, bold flavor to the sauce so I don’t need to add extra spices as it tastes so delicious. The recipe also includes fresh orange zest and ginger to make it taste even better. Serve it beside your main course to enjoy it throughout the holiday season and beyond.  

Cranberry Orange Relish

This cranberry orange relish is much more comforting and refreshing than the cranberry sauce. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare as they are made with raw ingredients. It is a little less common with cranberry sauce because cooking is not required for it. 

When you are trying to pick a quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish, this recipe is the best addition. It is a perfect combination of sweetness and tanginess that you will love to have on holidays. 

Easy Granola Recipe

Easy Granola Recipe, flavorful, healthy, and crunchy perfect for breakfast, dessert, or snack. Rolled oats, with almonds, cranberries, sesame seeds, and coconut flakes, and sweetened with maple syrup. So much better than the store-bought kind.

Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Gluten-free, vegan oatmeal cranberry cookies are warm, chewy oats and sweet-tartness of cranberries inside and have a crispy texture outside. These cookies are easy to make and have full warm, comforting flavors. 

These oatmeal cranberry cookies will go perfectly in the cookie tray or in gift boxes that you can give neighbors or friends as gifts on this holiday. 

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

This flavorful Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash is so easy to prepare, individual acorn squashes stuffed with quinoa, cranberries, pecans, sausage, onion, garlic, celery, rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, is the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas main. 

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