7 Tasty and Healthy Cranberry Thanksgiving Dishes

7 Tasty and Healthy Cranberry Thanksgiving Dishes

Ah, the cranberry. This delicious, tart, beautiful little fruit packs in vitamin C, antioxidants, and flavor. Cranberry Thanksgiving recipes are easily accessible and popular, and no Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce. But why stop there? We thought we’d give you even more ways to use this seasonal favorite. With so much versatility and tons of nutritional benefits, why wouldn’t you want to load up on this tiny red powerhouse?

Here are seven of our favorite cranberry Thanksgiving recipes to get you feelin’ sweet!

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1. No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce

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Every Thanksgiving dinner needs cranberry sauce! And this no-sugar-added version is made with orange juice, walnuts, and stevia. It proves you can have a delicious side dish that won’t compromise your nutrition goals.

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2. Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cups

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With only 5 grams of sugar, 160 calories, and 3 grams of fiber in every serving, these oat, pecan, and cranberry cups are a tasty Thanksgiving Day breakfast! They get a touch of sweetness from honey and bananas.

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3. Champagne Punch

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Looking to incorporate more cranberries into your healthier holiday cocktail game? Make your holiday season even more festive with a refreshing champagne punch recipe with berry-infused vodka! It features cranberry juice, plus another favorite fall fruit, pomegranate.

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4. Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

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Why enjoy Thanksgiving for only one day, when you can savor delicious holiday flavors all week? This Thanksgiving leftover sandwich includes turkey, vegan stuffing, and cranberry goat cheese, and it is less than 300 calories. Love the color of the cranberry spread!

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5. Roasted Vegan Thanksgiving Bowl

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Top your leftover plant-based Thanksgiving recipes with cranberry sauce for tasty meat-free meals all week. This is not only vegan, veggie-packed, and delicious, it’s super versatile and will help you clear out that overstuffed fridge!

Get the recipe at I Love Vegan.


6. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfaits

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These cranberry Thanksgiving-themed breakfast parfaits make excellent easy meals or healthier desserts. Start with some plain Greek yogurt, add a tangy cranberry filling, and top it off with crunchy granola!

Get the recipe at Well Plated.


7. Healthy Cranberry Apple Pie

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With less than 10 grams of sugar per serving and only 125 calories a slice, this cranberry and apple pie is the perfect ending to your holiday meals. The buttery flaky crust adds a lovely crunch, and the filling has all the apples, tart cranberries, and warm spices you could want.

Get the recipe at Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Chelsea Frank


Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.