22 Festive Cranberry Recipes for the Whole Family
Put cranberry recipes in your rotation when you need low-carb dishes to celebrate the holidays. With their tart and tangy flavor, they pair well in savory or sweet dishes that balance their flavors.
When you prep cranberry recipes, be sure to choose fresh over sugary dried and frozen varieties. Unlike packaged dried cranberries and juices, fresh cranberries naturally contain little fructose and antinutrients — plus, they come packed with vitamins and contain no GMOs.
As with any fruit on the Bulletproof Diet, you may want to enjoy cranberry recipes in the evening to minimize the impact of their fructose. No matter how you enjoy them, though, these keto cranberry recipes will have you feeling festive all winter long:
Cranberry recipes: Breakfast and breads
This cranberry recipe comes loaded with a whopping 12 ounces of berries, along with a blend of stevia and erythritol to balance their tartness. To keep every slice Bulletproof, skip the molasses and use grass-fed butter.
Along with classic flavors from fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins get added upgrades from fragrant vanilla bean and grass-fed ghee that keeps them perfectly tender.
Instead of classic cranberry orange, these sweet muffins use lemon juice and zest for extra flavor. To keep it more keto and Bulletproof, use stevia to sweeten instead of honey or maple syrup.
Cranberry recipes: Main dishes and sides
Instead of fructose-filled apples or grapes, this low-carb lunch swaps in tart cranberries and almonds for sweetness and crunch. To make this cranberry recipe Bulletproof, use homemade dried cranberries with no sugar added, raw almonds, pasture chicken, and an avocado oil mayo. Skip the tortillas and enjoy it on a salad instead.
This stuffing is robust enough to stuff in a turkey or serve as a side dish, and packs every bite with savory herbs and crunchy pecans. Make a few adjustments to this cranberry recipe to stay Bulletproof: Use grass-fed butter and pastured chicken stock, plus skip the cheese (or use a raw variety from pastured animals).
Tender turkey meatballs use mayonnaise and egg whites to stay moist, while dried cranberries add a tart burst of flavor. To make this cranberry recipe Bulletproof-friendly, use homemade sugar-free dried cranberries, avocado oil mayo, and pastured turkey.
This super-simple dinner uses seared chicken thighs as a savory base for a cranberry and shallot pan sauce — and it takes just 30 minutes. Make it more Bulletproof and use pastured chicken, sear it in ghee instead of olive oil, get pastured chicken stock, and only enjoy shallots on occasion.
Cranberry recipes: Sauces and snacks
Make this your go-to cranberry recipe when other dishes call for a dried variety. By baking them low and slow in the oven with a keto-friendly sweetener, fresh berries shrink down into little gems perfect for adding to just about anything. Skip the orange extract to keep this recipe Bulletproof.
No need for the gelatinous stuff from a can: Cranberry sauce takes only four ingredients and just minutes to make, all with help from a high-powered blender. If desired, add a drizzle of energizing Brain Octane Oil for smoother consistency.
This wiggly cranberry sauce looks more like the classic canned variety, and gets a spicy kick from ground cloves. Use a pastured gelatin like Collagelatin to keep this recipe Bulletproof-approved.
With less water than a traditional cranberry sauce, this cranberry recipe whips up a fresh and crunchy relish that compliments any holiday dish (or even keto pancakes).
This hot take on cranberry sauce gets a kick from fresh ginger and chipotle peppers. Simply simmer ingredients in a saucepan until the berries pop, and you have a super-festive sauce in 20 minutes flat.
Cranberry recipes: Drinks
This bright and lemony punch uses fresh cranberries, sparkling mineral water, and lemons for a fresh, alcohol-free refreshment. To keep this cranberry recipe Bulletproof, use a sweetener like birch xylitol or non-GMO erythritol.
If you must put fruit in a smoothie, try cranberries! This easy recipe blitzes them with sweetener, MCT oil, and non-dairy milk for a tart and creamy drink. Make this recipe Bulletproof and use full-fat, canned coconut milk as your dairy choice.
This warming cranberry recipe heats up fresh berries with spices like fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves for an alcohol-free spin on mulled wine. For a Bulletproof spin on this cozy drink, use a sweetener like non-GMO erythritol or birch xylitol.
Cranberry recipe: Desserts
With a cakey texture and creamy frosting, these sweet little bars will remind you of the holiday treats at your corner coffee shop — all with no gluten, grains, or sugar. To make this cranberry recipe Bulletproof, use grass-fed butter, skip the molasses, use orange zest instead of extract, use more almond flour instead of flax, and swap the cream cheese for softened coconut butter.
This eye-popping tart uses a sweet shortbread crust and whips up a hot pink curd using fresh berries, butter, and sweetener. For a more Bulletproof tart, use grass-fed butter and a sweetener like birch xylitol or non-GMO erythritol.
The whole family can love this easy cranberry recipe, thanks to a layer of rich chocolate studded with almonds, dried cranberries, and melted coconut butter. Make a more Bulletproof bark with chocolate that has at least 85% cacao, plus homemade, sugar-free dried cranberries.
These buttery bars have three layers: A shortbread crust, a silky cranberry filling, and a nutty streusel topping. Make just a few adjustments to stay Bulletproof: Use grass-fed butter, skip the almond extract and orange liqueur, pick up Ceylon cinnamon, and use raw pecans.
If you like sour candy, try this cranberry recipe. Whole berries take a dip in a sweetened chocolate mixture, then break up into bite-size pieces. To make this recipe more Bulletproof, use orange zest instead of extract, plus a high quality cacao powder.
This low-carb spin on a classic holiday cookie uses a batter with almond flour, erythritol, butter, and dried cranberries. To make every crunchy bite Bulletproof, use homemade unsweetened dried cranberries, Ceylon cinnamon, and grass-fed butter.
This crumbly cranberry cake stays moist with coconut milk and coconut oil, and gets a sweet topping with homemade cranberry sauce and walnuts. For a more Bulletproof spin on this cranberry recipe, use Ceylon cinnamon, full-fat canned coconut milk, and raw walnuts.
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