While cranberry sauce is a tradition at most holiday tables, why not add in a modern healthy twist with chia seeds. The nutritional superstars help thicken the sauce while adding a nice dose of omega-fatty acids. Without any refined sugar but lots of zesty flavor too, you’ll be making room for this updated classic at your next holiday celebration. Enjoy!
Superfood Cranberry Sauce
by Elise Museles of Kale and Chocolate
3 cups cranberries, washed
1 ½ cups water
3 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut sugar
Juice of half an orange (about 1 ounce)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon orange zest
Pinch of sea salt
Optional: grate in fresh ginger and/or add up to one teaspoon cinnamon
In a medium pot bring water, sweetener and cranberries to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the cranberries split open and most of the water has reduced. Remove from the heat. Squeeze the fresh juice of half of an orange into the mixture. Mix in the optional spices if using. Add the chia seeds, orange zest, and pinch of salt and mix. Allow the sauce to cool for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.