Cranberries are the perfect sweet-and-sour ingredient to use in your cooking and baking, especially around the holidays! Healthline states that cranberries are high in fiber, benefiting your digestive system. Furthermore, they have impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals. Specifically, they have antioxidants that are very good for you, such as vitamin C and vitamin E. Because of their flavor profile, cranberries benefit from creamy ingredients or foods that don’t have an overpowering taste.

For example, they taste incredible with mild cheese, chicken, sauces, or in pastry recipes. Nevertheless, you don’t need to think about how to use them because we have this list of recipes right here for you! You can effortlessly find a recipe that suits your family’s preferences and works for you whether you have fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries. We love that you can make a scrumptious entrée, such as the Cranberry Baked Chicken and Rice, or keep it simple and make classic, Healthy Cranberry Orange Scones. Get ready to make the most delicious food with your cranberries!

1. Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

This healthy snack by The Creative Bite nourishes your body with tons of protein and fiber. These tiny energy spheres have oatmeal, almonds, coconut, flaxseed, and nut butter. Honey is added for sweetness, chia seeds provide a crunchy texture, and the dried cranberries give it that perfect sweet yet tart flavor. This recipe only takes 20 minutes, and it yields 16 energy bites!

2. Cranberry Apple Quinoa Salad

Use cranberries as a component for either an entree salad or a side salad! This cranberry apple quinoa salad has an unending flavor and unique textures. The apples are perfectly crispy, the pecans are crunchy, and the cranberries are chewy. All of these flavors swimming in a sea of tender quinoa are too good to pass up! Enjoy this as a perfect lunch, or make a larger serving to serve it at a party.

3. Healthy Cranberry Orange Scones

Skip the store-bought scones and make these Healthy Cranberry Orange Scones instead! You’ll need common baking ingredients like flour, butter, and baking powder for this recipe. Additionally, it has freshly squeezed orange juice, vanilla extract, fresh cranberries, and orange zest, providing a sweet yet refreshing flavor. The citrusy undertones in these scones are what sets them apart because they pair so well with the cranberries!

4. Cranberry Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Make breakfast easier in the mornings by meal-prepping this incredible recipe by Recipe Runner. This baked oatmeal has heavenly flavors of orange, vanilla, and Maple. It also has almond milk, cinnamon, oats, and cranberries! It’s convenient since you can use fresh or frozen cranberries for the recipe. There is also a cinnamon Maple glaze that you can drizzle on top for a gorgeous presentation.

5. Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Wild Rice Pilaf

Use your cranberries in a hearty, delectable dinner that your whole family will gobble up. This wild rice pilaf has chunky pieces of tender sweet potato, fresh herbs, nuts, and cranberries. It is perfect for autumn when sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pecans are in season! This dish will make your mouth water just by looking at it. It has vibrant colors, making it attractive to the eye. Serve this with protein like chicken or salmon if you wish.

6. Cranberry Chicken

Whether you want to impress your guests during the upcoming holidays or simply love the contrasting flavors and textures, this Cranberry Chicken recipe is perfect. The homemade cranberry sauce has the perfect level of sweetness and tanginess. You can serve it atop the perfectly browned chicken with garnishes like fresh thyme. To make the dish more filling, serve it with rice or pasta!

7. Cranberry, Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Loaf

Our healthy loaf recipe is fantastic for when you are in the mood to start a baking project. It has delicious components such as dark chocolate, pecan pieces, and dried cranberries. Every bite has a deep flavor because the dough has oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple sauce, and vanilla. This incredible loaf will give you ten servings, so bring it to a small gathering or enjoy it with your family at home!

8. Low-Sugar Cranberry Sauce with Apple

If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients in canned cranberry sauce, you might notice that it is packed with tons of sugar. This recipe helps you make a classic and delicious cranberry sauce without all the sugar. This has a simple base with orange juice, coconut sugar, fresh cranberries, apples, and more. You just need a small number of spices to make all of the flavors harmonize. Serve this at Thanksgiving, or spruce up one of your weeknight dinners!

9. Cranberry Smoothie

Have you ever thought about using your cranberries in a smoothie? Eating Bird Food posted this delicious recipe! Don’t worry, it isn’t too sour to handle. This smoothie also has Greek yogurt and frozen bananas to help tone down the puckery cranberries. Although you can use cranberry juice, we suggest using your fresh cranberries for a vibrant flavor. You can also throw in some frozen mixed berries such as strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.

10. Cranberry Baked Chicken and Rice

This oven-baked dinner is filled with comforting flavors of sweet onions, garlic, cranberries, balsamic vinegar, orange zest, and rosemary. This recipe should come to mind when you think of an elegant dish! The main elements are the chicken, rice, and cranberries. But there is also a marinade, which helps impart a deeper flavor to the chicken. It wouldn’t be the same without the marinade, so don’t skip it!

11. Low-Carb Cranberry Lemon Protein Loaf (Dairy-Free Option)

This recipe is perfect for folks who are looking to consume more protein. You don’t have to drink bland protein shakes when you can make this marvelous citrusy loaf instead! This recipe has cranberries, vanilla protein powder, lemon extract, almond extract, and fresh lemon. There’s also a lemon almond protein icing that you can make from baking extract, avocado oil, and vanilla protein powder! This is an incredibly creative recipe.

12. Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Take your chicken salad to new heights when you try this scrumptious recipe on My Kids Plate. The chicken salad has common ingredients that you would expect, like chicken, celery, green onion, mayonnaise, and seasonings. However, where it gets special is the pecans and dried cranberries! Once you try this, you won’t be able to imagine a chicken salad without cranberries.

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13. Cranberry Apple and Pear Stuffing

We love Stove Top Stuffing just as much as the next person does! However, we like to find ways to jazz it up and make it tastier. Our Cranberry Apple And Pear Stuffing recipe uses pre-made stuffing with margarine, diced apples, pears, red onions, pecans, and cranberries. We add a smidge of sage and rosemary to give the stuffing a noticeably herbal flavor that is perfect for the holidays.

14. Cranberry Brie Bites

How adorable are these little brie-bites? This is a genius party appetizer to serve during the latter part of the year when cranberries are in season! These bite-sized goodies are perfect since you can serve them on a platter and have guests eat them without a mess. They have Crescent roll dough, brie cheese, orange marmalade, and cranberry sauce. To top it off, sprinkle them with chopped pistachios or walnuts!

15. Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Although cream cheese has tangy undertones, it’s certainly not as pronounced as the tangy goodness in fresh cranberries. When you pair these two together, you create an unforgettable flavor match. Serve this zesty dip with whole grain crackers, French bread, Ritz crackers, or whatever you wish! It will be a hit at any party.

16. Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage Cranberry Bites

Here is another cranberry party appetizer that is simple yet amazing. The base has smoked sausage. Then, you find a layer of white cheddar cheese and whole cranberry sauce. Garnish it with just a small amount of parsley to give them color! Put them on skewers so they are easy to serve and enjoy. This recipe makes 30 starters!

17. Apple Cranberry Coleslaw

If you only see coleslaw as a summer food, think again! This autumn-inspired coleslaw will be your new favorite dish. It is so colorful, and it has such a crisp yet creamy texture. The dressing is healthy, too, since it has low-fat Mayo, plain yogurt, honey, and ginger! Meanwhile, the base has coleslaw mix, apples, cranberries, walnuts, and onions. Serve this at your next get-together and watch everyone rave over it.

18. Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Kids and adults alike will appreciate this homemade trail mix! Sometimes, fancy trail mix like this can be pricey at the store. Luckily, you can buy all of the components separately and create your own. This recipe has multiple kinds of nuts, dark chocolate chunks, dates, and dried cranberries. It also has some pumpkin and sunflower seeds! Sprinkle in some sea salt to accentuate the nuts and fruit flavors.

19. Sausage Cranberry Brie Bites

Use frozen puff pastry to make these incredible baked pinwheels that can serve as a snack or starter. The pastry is filled with a heavenly mixture of ground Italian sausage, garlic, sage, rosemary, and jellied cranberry sauce. The cream cheese contrasts with the tart cranberries, making every bite a wonderful culinary experience. These sausage bites might look fancy, but they are easy to make.

20. Cranberry Salsa over Cream Cheese

A simple yet popular party snack is a cream cheese block covered with salsa. However, have you tried using cranberry salsa instead of pre-made salsa from a jar? Your guests will enjoy this unique twist, which will surely be a conversation starter. This recipe by Add A Pinch will guide you on how to do this! The cranberry salsa has hints of orange zest, jalapenos, cilantro, and green onions!

21. The Best Honey Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

This spread is versatile since you can serve it as a dip or smear it on a toasted bagel for a snack. You only need cream cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, honey, and orange zest. Since you use a mixer to make this, the cream cheese fluffs and becomes incredibly light and airy! On the other hand, the cranberries provide sweetness and chewiness.

22. Zesty Cranberry Relish

This relish would be perfect if you served it with a cheese and charcuterie board! It pairs wonderfully with different varieties of cheese and soft bread. With cranberries, oranges, apples, brown sugar, and more, you won’t believe how bright its flavor is. The only downside is that you must plan in advance since it needs time to chill before serving.

23. Cranberry Hummus

We created this unique hummus recipe that you can serve during the holidays! Using fresh cranberries is a fun way to make classic hummus more festive. This recipe has chickpeas, cranberries, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasonings. It has warm flavors of cumin and nutmeg that aren’t overpowering but simply allow the cranberry flavor to shine. You can also garnish it with parsley and paprika.

24. Cranberry Chia Jam (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)

Have you ever tried chia seed jam? It is delicious since the chia seeds give it a unique texture. This jam is especially tasty because it has a cranberry base. Don’t worry. You don’t need to be a professional to make homemade jam. This recipe only requires four ingredients and doesn’t require any special equipment. Just make sure to let it set overnight so it can thicken.

25. Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip

Be the hero of the next holiday party when you bring this incredible spicy, tangy, and creamy dip for others to enjoy. This is a delightful recipe with a bottom layer of cream cheese and a top layer of chunky cranberries, green onions, and jalapeno peppers. Not to mention, it makes 32 servings, so there is plenty to go around!

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25 Can’t Miss Cranberry Recipes           

By: Drizzle
Servings: 10
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
cranberry pecan loaf


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 3 squares, 30g 70% dark chocolate (I use the lindt bar)


  • Preheat oven to 350F, spray a regular sized loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a bowl mix all your dry ingredients together.
  • Stir in your milk, apple sauce, egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Break up your chocolate squares, I use a small zip lock and just break them up using a heavy glass.
  • Gently fold in your cranberries, pecans and broken up chocolate.
  • Pour into your loaf pan, use a spatula to make sure you get all the batter in. Batter will be thick.
  • Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Let cool and cut into 10 slices, each slice is 4pp. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for best results.

Additional Info

Course: Baking
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