I love cranberry sauce, so naturally I love it in cranberry sauce smoothies. Cranberry sauce is my favorite dish at the holiday table because of the combination of sweet and tart. I also think it goes well with everything (obvi I like my food to mix a bit ) When I learned to make it from whole berries one of my first Thanksgivings after graduating from college, I started to love it a whole (berry) lot more. This year we added some bourbon during cooking, and boy-oh-boy this might be my favorite version of all! Sadly cranberry sauce is quite polarizing, and not everyone loves it as much as I do. So unlike the sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, you might find yourself with some leftovers.
Eat More Cranberries!
If you’re a cranberry lover like me, you can keep frozen cranberries in your freezer and make some sauce whenever you please! You should because they are very good for you:
- Cranberries are packed with antioxidants
- Recent studies have identified over two dozen antioxidant phytonutrients in cranberries
- The phytonutrients in cranberries also have anti-inflammatory properties
- Cranberries may also help with UTIs, although the research is a bit inconclusive
- Cranberries contain vitamin C, manganese, and fiber for 46 calories per cup
What Can You Do With Leftover Cranberry Sauce?
- Dollop it into Greek yogurt for a high protein breakfast or snack
- Stir it into hot creamy oatmeal
- Enjoy in a bowl with graham crackers as a “crust”
- Make cranberry sauce smoothies!!
Cranberry Sauce Smoothies
I made these quick and easy cranberry smoothies on Black Friday morning, and they were delicious! In addition to a heaping cup of cranberry sauce, I added oats for whole grains and Greek yogurt for protein. My cranberry sauce may have been hinted with bourbon, but a little bourbon flavor for breakfast never hurt anyone 😉 It was very subtle and the alcohol had cooked out anyways.
Cranberry Sauce Smoothies
- 1 cup cow's milk or almond milk
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt I recommend plain, vanilla or lemon flavor!
- 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
- 1 handful ice
- 1 dollop whipped cream optional
- Blend everything together.
- Divide between two glasses.
- Dollop with leftover whipped cream, if you wish!
Other Recipes With Cranberry Sauce
Liz takes the edge off the crans by blending the sauce with other mixed berries. Maybe a bit more kid friendly!
A tropical twist!
The texture of this one is like an acai bowl!
This recipe uses fresh frozen cranberries with a touch of sugar or maple syrup
I love the addition of orange, almonds, and cranberry juice
Two layers! I love the flavors.