I love adding dried cranberries to salads, homemade granola bars and trail mix, but I found that most store-bought dried fruit all has added sugar. Why ruin a good thing that is already naturally sweetened?
I really wanted to try making my own but always thought you had to have a food dehydrator – newsflash – you can do it in your oven! It takes a bit of time but hardly any effort. For me, the best time to make this was on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when I hang around the house cleaning, doing laundry, etc.
Like I said, these take almost zero effort. To prep the cranberries I simply wash them and cut them in half.
Then I toss the cranberries in a neutral oil such as grapeseed, avocado, sunflower or light olive oil (regular olive oil has too strong of a taste).Next is the sweetener. Cranberries are quite tart so it’s only natural they add sugar to sweeten it but since I’m making these myself I used xylitol. You can use stevia or any type of sweetener you like.
Once they are coated, lay them flat on a baking sheet and bake in the oven on low at 200F for 3-4 hours. Keep an eye on them and check them after 3 hours. In my oven, it was closer to 4 hours. It also depends on how dried and chewy you like them.Check back next week and I’ll share a super easy no-bake, low-carb granola bar recipe using these dried cranberries!
- Yields 1 2/3 cups
- 12 oz bag of fresh organic cranberries
- 1/3 cup xylitol (or sweetener equivalent)
- 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil such as grapeseed or avocado
- Preheat oven to 200F.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Wash cranberries and cut in half. Add to a mixing bowl.
- Add xylitol and oil. Mix well.
- Lay berries flat on baking sheet. Be sure not to overlap the berries and give them a bit of space so they will dry out properly.
- Bake in oven for 3-4 hours, checking after 3 hours for desired texture.
- Remove and allow to fully cool.
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in the pantry for 6-12 months or in the fridge for 1-2 years.
- 23 Calories, 1g Carbs, 0g Fibre, 1g Net Carbs, 1g Fat, 0g Protein, 0g Sugar
- Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your !ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.
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