If you’ve tried to find all-natural, sugar-free cranberries at the store, you know that store-bought cranberries that are HEALTHY are about as real as Santa Clause.
However, as we were searching our health food stores and internet resources for options recently, we found cranberries sweetened with apple juice. Yes, a Christmas miracle! You can even buy these healthy craisins here! We were so pleased to find this option in time for our holiday baking!
Even thought store-bought is often the most convenient, sometimes we need a backup plan. Products can be expensive or may not get to us in time. So let’s make our own. You can actually make these like the store version, sweetened with apple juice.
Not only are these cranberries sweetened with healthy sweeteners, but they are totally raw! Dehydrating them keeps their nutritional value intact – making them the healthiest craisins around. They add the perfect burst of flavor to any holiday recipe. Enjoy these healthy cranberries in baked goodies or right on their own!
Homemade Dried Cranberries
Cut cranberries in half. Marinate the berries with the other ingredients for 7-8 hours or overnight. Spread berries on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 115* for 20-22 hours. Transfer to an airtight container and then use in all your favorite recipes! Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
** We use frozen berries because they are accessible all the time, but also because they produce a beautiful richer red color! You can use fresh if you’d like.