7 Mouth-Watering Cranberry Recipe Ideas for Every Occasion

Fresh cranberry season may be at its peak in the fall, but frozen, dried and powdered cranberries are easy and affordable alternatives for incorporating the fruit into your diet all year long.

Like lingonberries, cranberries have a tart flavour and are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help neutralise harmful free radicals in the body.

Wild cranberries, particularly those from Europe’s cleanest forests, have more outstanding health benefits than their cultivated counterparts.

They’re exceedingly rich in antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds, positively affecting everything from gut health to cardiovascular health and blood sugar management.

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Luckily, cranberries can fit into your menu plan in various ways—include them in smoothies, creams and muffins.

So let’s get cooking with these mouth-watering cranberry recipe ideas that are perfect for every occasion.

cranberry and strawberry smoothie in a clear glass
Cranberry and strawberry smoothie

1. Cranberry and Strawberry Red Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender.
  2. Top with fresh or frozen berries, a sprinkle of cranberry powder, or some seeds and nuts.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
cranberry strawberry jam and pancakes on a plate
Cranberry strawberry jam and pancakes

2. Homemade Cranberry Strawberry Chia Jam

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the strawberries and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer (approx 10 mins).
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Transfer to a food processor or blender, and add cranberry powder, vanilla and maple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a jar or container and stir in the chia seeds.
  5. Set aside a few hours to firm up, or leave overnight to thicken in the fridge.
  6. Store in the fridge until served (stays fresh for up to 2 weeks).

Note: You don’t have to make your own cranberry jam from scratch if you’re short on time. LOOV’s ready-made Organic Wild Cranberry Jam will help you save time and energy while giving you all of the nutritional benefits cranberries can offer. It contains no added sugar and has just the perfect consistency for your spreads—not too runny nor too lumpy.

cranberry chicken salad presented on a plate
Cranberry chicken salad

3. Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced, cooked chicken breast
  • 2–3 tbsp LOOV Freeze-Dried Organic Wild Cranberry Powder
  • 2 medium-sized onions, sliced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add one tablespoon of mayonnaise at a time until it reaches your preferred consistency. Adjust seasonings if desired.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving to let the flavours combine.
  4. Enjoy.
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Cranberry scone

4. Fluffy Cranberry Scones

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cranberry powder, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender or knife, cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. In another bowl, add milk and 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg. Pour it into the crumble mixture and stir until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead gently for 5–10 minutes until the dough comes together.
  4. Pat out to a 6-inch circle and cut into 6 wedges.
  5. Separate the wedges and place them on a prepared baking sheet, at least an inch apart. Brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  6. Bake at 425° for 15–20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Enjoy.

💡 Expert Tip:

Our cranberries don’t grow in water, but instead grow in bogs. Cranberry bogs have thick sphagnum moss, peat deposits, and a spongy, mat-like substance on the water’s surface.

The sphagnum moss makes the water they grow in acidic. It’s pure and potable, but can’t quench away thirst because it lacks nutrients and minerals.

cranberry raspberry vanilla smoothies on clear glasses
Cranberry raspberry vanilla smoothies

5. Cranberry Raspberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add cranberries, raspberries, banana, protein powder, Greek yoghurt and almond milk to the blender.
  2. Blend for 30–45 seconds or until smooth.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
strips of cranberry jam bars
Cranberry jam bars

6. Low-Sugar Cranberry Oat Jam Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 cups Organic Wild Cranberry Jam (or homemade cranberry jam)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 230ºC.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the rolled oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers. Keep rubbing until the butter melts and blends into the mixture.
  4. Scoop three-quarters of the oats into an ungreased 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Press down firmly to form a layer that evenly covers the pan’s bottom.
  5. Add the cranberry jam in clumps and spread it thinly over the oat layer.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top. Lightly press down on the oats to make them stick to the cranberry jam.
  7. Bake for 20–30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Allow the bars to cool, then cut them into strips and enjoy.
cranberry muffins topped with cherries
Cranberry muffins

7. Zesty Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 205ºC. Grease muffin tin or paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cranberry powder, salt, sugar, baking soda and lemon zest.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix the beaten eggs, milk, lemon juice and olive oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix until well combined.
  4. Divide the batter equally into each muffin tin or cup.
  5. Bake for 18–20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin’s centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

Choose Organic Wild Cranberry for Nutrient-Packed Meals

Freeze-Dried Organic Wild Cranberry Powder
Freeze-Dried Organic Wild Cranberry Powder

When making nutritious cranberry treats, choose organic, self-growing wild cranberries.

Wild cranberries, scientifically called Vaccinium oxycoccos, grow in the mountainside seeps of the Nordic region and are significantly tinier—usually half the size—than those you’d find in a local store.

They have higher levels of antioxidants, evidenced by their tart flavour and dark red skin, and are rich in bioactive plant compounds and major nutrients required for the well-being of the body, including:

  • Flavanol polyphenols, like myricetin
  • Manganese
  • Vitamins C, K and E
  • A-type proanthocyanidins

When compared to cultivated cranberries, wild organic cranberries take the lead. See their key differences in the table below.

Wild Organic Cranberry Cultivated Cranberry
Grows naturally with no added fertilisers or chemicals Contains chlorpyrifos, a potent insecticide that’s toxic when ingested
Environmental friendly—grows in unpolluted bogs Uses pesticides that pollute the air, soil and water
Richer in antioxidants which fight free radicals (2.58 mg/100 g of fresh cranberries) Fewer antioxidants, hence less effective in fighting free radicals (2.58 mg/100 g of fresh cranberries)

At LOOV Food, we’re committed to offering only the purest products of the highest quality. From the cleanest forests, where our cranberries grow, to their sustainable packaging, we hope to create a better environment for all.

Our products are 100% organic, natural and handpicked from certified organic forests in Europe.

Unlike cultivated cranberries, our organic powdered cranberries are made from whole berries with their skins, seeds and pulp intact.

We use a freeze-drying method that preserves all of the nutrients, colour and taste of these berries to ensure you have everything you’d find in a fresh cranberry.

Our products contain no added sugar, preservatives, fillers or any added ingredients and have undergone vigorous lab testing to ensure they’re safe for consumption.

You don’t have to wait for cranberry season to try out these tantalising cranberry recipes. With our freeze-dried cranberry powder, you can enjoy these yummy treats all year long.

“Great to have when I run out of frozen cranberries so I don’t have to do without.”
Murray Frederique, Organic Wild Cranberry Powder Verified Buyer

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