8 Cool Uses for Craisins (Dried Cranberries)

1. Ice Cream with Craisins

If you want to try something different, put Craisins on your Ice Cream Sundae.

The sweetness with a touch of tart is an awesome compliment to vanilla ice cream.  Cranberries also have more health benefits than most of the regular ice cream toppings. You won’t find this many anti-oxidants in chocolate sauce.  There is also fiber and some healthy vitamins--almost enough to convince you that an ice cream sundae is going to be healthy this time.

2. School Lunch Snack

Raisins are a staple for school lunches.  Sometimes your kids need a variety. Cranberries can be a real treat for your kids; they are sweet, tasty, and have that tart flavor kids crave in some of those popular sour candies.

3. Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries

Instead of brown sugar, try adding some Craisins this time.  Oatmeal doesn’t have much flavor on its own.  Craisins will add lots of flavor to your boring oatmeal.

4. Cereal with Craisins

People like cereals with raisins, but Craisins are just as good.  It may turn your milk a happy shade of pink, but that could be fun too.

5. Salad Topping

The typical salad has dressing that adds bit of salty flavor . Vinegar is one of the primary ingredients to a lot of dressings and often chefs will add some sweetness to cut that sour vinegar flavor.  The chewiness of dried cranberries will also add a nice contrast to the crunchy vegetables. It’s a win-win.  Try dried cranberries with a bit of goat cheese in your next dinner party salad so your friends think you are super fancy.

6. Cookies

Who wants a boring oatmeal raisin cookie when you can have an oatmeal CRAISIN cookie.  Dried cranberries work really well in a cookie.

7. Nut Breads

A walnut banana bread would be awesome with dried cranberries.  The bright red would also be a wonderful color contrast for those that like food to be visually appealing.

8. Fruit Spreads

Putting dried cranberries in hot water for a few minutes and then in a food processor will make a lovely cranberry spread.  We like it on top of brie cheese and then spread on crackers. Yummy!


What are some of your favorites? Share in the comments section.