Cran-Apple Walnut Chutney

Skip the canned cranberry sauce this year and opt instead for this flavorful and healthy spin on a holiday staple.

This recipe is loaded with fiber from leaving the skin on the cranberries, adding apples and walnuts. Walnuts, along with flaxseed, are the only plant-based sources of Omega-3s (an added bonus). This recipe boasts 10 grams less sugar per serving than traditional cranberry sauce.


Photo credit: Shanthi Appelö

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  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 8 oz. bag cranberries
  • 1 apple of your choice, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
  • ½ cup water
  • Ground allspice, a pinch
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. brandy (optional)


Cran-Apple Walnut Chutney

1. Simmer water, honey, cranberries, allspice and cinnamon over medium heat for 5-10 minutes (until cranberries start to pop) and stir frequently.
2. Add walnuts and apples, let simmer for 5 minutes and stir.
3. Stir in brandy and let simmer for another minute.
4. Remove from heat, let cool and serve or store.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: ¼ cup

Calories 107| Fat 3 g | Carbohydrates 18 g (Sugar 15 g) (Fiber 2 g)| Protein 2 g

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  1. Almost FOUR teaspoons of added sugar in 1/4 cup . . . what can be substituted to make it more health friendly? 😉

    1. Hi Caryn! Thank you for your question! The amount of sugar in this recipe is lower than in traditional cranberry sauces by 10 grams. If you’d like to decrease the sugar further, I’d recommend adding less honey to this recipe. Rather than 1/2 cup, try 1/4 cup or somewhere in between depending on your sweetness preference. You could also choose a sweeter type of apple such as fuji or gala. Thank you, Shanthi

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