Healthy Cranberry Sauce

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This healthy cranberry sauce recipe features chia seeds for added nutrients. It’s a delicious, four-ingredient Thanksgiving side dish. (gluten-free, vegan)

This healthy cranberry sauce recipe features chia seeds for added nutrients. It’s a delicious, four-ingredient Thanksgiving side dish. (gluten-free, vegan)

Cranberry sauce is an essential side dish for Thanksgiving. But in my house, we enjoy it during other times of the year, too. My daughter has been known to have a little bowl of cranberry sauce as part of her after school snack, and I like having it on hand to use as a sandwich topping.

I love my Instant Pot cranberry sauce recipe, but I wanted to make a new version that was even healthier than the original. Chia seeds are high in nutrients, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. With all the decadence that typically comes at Thanksgiving, chia seeds are a great ingredient to add to the feast.

This chia cranberry sauce is a great healthy side dish for Thanksgiving!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce Tips

  • Cooling: With the addition of chia seeds, this cranberry sauce thickens very quickly and easily. I refrigerate it for an hour to cool it, but you can also serve it warm if desired.
  • Whisking: Any time I add chia seeds to a recipe like this, I whisk it several times during the first ten minutes after the seeds are added. This helps to keep the seeds from clumping together, and it speeds up the thickening process.
  • Sweetening: For a less sweet version of this cranberry sauce, you can cut back the amount of maple syrup to as little as a half cup. It’s extra tart that way, and it’s just a matter of preference.

Healthy Cranberry Sauce with Chia Seeds

This healthy cranberry sauce recipe features chia seeds for added nutrients.
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5 from 17 votes
Chia cranberry sauce is a glass bowl
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbs chia seeds


  • In a medium pot, stir together cranberries, maple syrup, and orange juice. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil, then remove the cover and lower the heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until berries are soft and some are breaking apart. Stir occasionally while it simmers.
  • Remove from the heat and mash the berries. Slowly whisk in the chia seeds. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to thicken. This cranberry sauce keeps for over a week in the refrigerator.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 105kcal
Cost: $.49 per serving

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Chia Cranberry Sauce Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $5.83 to make, or $.49 per serving. Try this healthy cranberry sauce with chia seeds for a delicious addition to your holiday table.


  1. 5 stars
    This is such a smart idea! We love chia jam, but I have never though to do it for cranberry sauce. Will be making this for sure!

  2. 5 stars
    I love that you used chia seeds in your cranberry sauce! We love cranberry sauce so much that we also make it outside the holidays, so good in yogurt!

  3. 5 stars
    I may just need to try your version! I have definitely been playing with cranberry sauce(s)
    as it’s definitely one of my favourite things! Maple syrup is a natural ‘go to’ — lol (Canadian gal!)

  4. 5 stars
    This is perfect for chia seeds! I love them in sauces or jams so much more than in pudding! Great idea 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    What a cool idea to use the chia seeds! I would never have thought of that. I love that your version is naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

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