Healthy Cranberry Recipes

A collection of healthy cranberry recipes for Christmas, fall, Thanksgiving, or just anytime you're craving this brightly colored sweet and sour berry. All of these cranberry recipes are vegetarian and most are vegan as well. 

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    Vegetarian stuffing with cranberries is perfect for Thanksgiving
    Vegetarian stuffing with cranberries is perfect for Thanksgiving. Photo by James Baigrie / Getty Images

    A vegetarian stuffing recipe with wild rice, fresh sage, and lots of cranberries. Perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side stuffing, and so colorful!

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    Cranberry oatmeal cookies
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    These vegan cranberry oatmeal cookies are one of the most highest rated recipes on this site! Spiced with plenty of holiday flavors, including ginger, cloves and nutmeg, this vegan recipe for spiced oatmeal cranberry cookies is thick and chewy, just the way oatmeal cookies should be!

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    Cranberry barley pilaf salad
    Cranberry barley pilaf salad photo by Dorlin Kindersley / Getty Images

    For a simple and healthy vegetarian Thanksgiving entree or side dish, try this barley and wild rice pilaf or salad, topped with cranberries and a bit of feta cheese if you're not eating vegan. For something a bit fancier, stuff it into a roasted acorn squash for presentation.  

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    Spinach Salad with Cranberries and Vegetarian Bacon

    Cranberry and spinach salad photo
    Cranberry and spinach salad photo by Rachel Weill / Getty Images

    A simple spinach salad dotted with cranberries, chopped vegetarian bacon and gorgonzola cheese. Simple, elegant and delicious. Spinach salad is one of the most nutritious gifts you can give your body, and adding cranberries and cheese turns it into a gourmet treat. For another gourmeet salad with cranberries, try this warmed fennel and mixed greens salad with cranberries and pear.

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  • 05 of 11
    Cranberry and pear pie with crumble topping;
    Cranberry and pear pie with crumble topping; photo by Kimberly Deprey / Getty Images

    Looking for the perfect vegan holiday dessert recipe? Try this beautiful and seasonal recipe for a maple-sweetened cranberry and pear pie spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and topped off with a crumbly topping. I personally love the crumbly topping, but you can also transform this pie into a double-crust or a lattice top quite easily. Up to you. 

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    Cranberry sauce with blueberries too

    Forget about canned cranberry sauce. Making cranberry sauce from scratch is fairly simple. This easy cranberry sauce recipe is simmered on the stovetop for fifteen minutes, and then it's done. Finished. Nothing more. That's it! If you think you don't want to make homemade cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, you simply must check out this easy recipe first! Its sweetened with a bit of sugar and combines cranberries with fresh blueberries and orange juice for a...MORE textured and flavorful dish.

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    Cranberry date bars

    Cranberry date bars - as a cookie or for breakfast!
    Cranberry breakfast bars photo by Arx0nt / Getty Images

    For a healthy dessert or a sweet breakfast, these cranberry bars are made with oatmeal, dates, whole wheat flour and dried cranberries. They'd make an excellent breakfast for the morning after Thanksgiving, or a snack for the kids while the adults graze on other Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvres.

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    Cranberry goat cheese salad

    A recipe for cranberry salad with mesclun greens and topped with goat cheese, candied nuts and red onions. This cranberry and goat cheese salad pairs sweet with a bit of salty flavors and has varied textures - the crunchy cranberries contrast with the smooth goat cheese. A healthy gourmet touch to a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

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  • 09 of 11

    Easy cranberry sauce with apples

    Easy cranberry sauce with apples

    This homemade cranberry sauce is really as easy as it gets. You just can't go wrong. All you have to do is boil fresh or frozen thawed cranberries (fresh is better, of course!) and simmer together with a few common ingredients. Fifteen minutes later, you've got a fresh, homemade cranberry sauce! If you want to try an easy vegetarian or vegan cranberry recipe for the holidays, this one is a great place to start.

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    Thanksgiving cooking photo by Ryan McVay / Getty Images

    No matter what you need in order to plan the perfect vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving dinner menu (or just find the perfect vegetarian side dish or vegan dessert), you'll find it in this ultimate guide to vegetarian and vegan Thanksgivings. Scroll through gluten-free ideas, vegan main dish dinner ideas, Thanksgiving vegetable dishes, vegan Thanksgiving desserts, Tofurky help and more for the perfect holiday dinner.

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    Christmas fruit cake photo
    Christmas fruit cake photo by Anouk Stricher / Getty Images

    Browse through this collection of vegan versions of Christmas holiday classic treats, from vegan fruitcake to vegan eggnog pancakes, pfefferneuse and every other kind of Christmas cookie imaginable.