Do you like craisins recipes? Have you looked at the ingredients on a package of craisins? While loaded with sugar, we all love the tart and sweet, chewy goodness. While I really do not think the packaged variety are all that healthy, I do know that cranberries are extremely nutritious. Given the fact that I have snack munchers in the house, I decided to go ahead and try my hand at my own craisins recipe, and I was pleased with the results!
Why are cranberries so good for you?
Cranberries are packed with tons of vitamin C and contain many unique health benefits.
*They help prevent and heal urinary tract infections, because cranberries contain a unique chemical called proanthocyanidins. PACs attach themselves to the urinary tract lining and block bacteria that causes infections.
*Cranberries contain tons of vitamin C, which helps prevent and heal colds and flu.
*They contain flavonoids to help detox the body.
*Cranberries contain anti-inflammatory properties which help other areas of your body.
*Cranberries have been well-researched in the health benefits of the cardiovascular system.
*The also help heal the digestive system.
*Finally, cranberries help prevent cancer with their high anti-oxidant flavonoids.
All that said, making your own craisins without sugar makes a much healthier treat than many other dried fruits.
DIY Craisins Recipe
3 cups of fresh, cranberries (mine were fresh frozen)
2 TBL of coconut oil
1/8-1/4 cup of raw honey, coconut sugar, or even stevia to taste
Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Heat a small saucepan of water to boiling. Add the cranberries and boil until the berries pop, but don’t soften too much, then drain (shown above).
Use a spatula to remove them to a bowl and add the oil and honey, stir thoroughly. Place the berries out on a baking sheet (I prefer stoneware, if you have it), and place them in the oven. “Cook” them for about 2 hours, or until they resemble craisins.
Place them back on some wax paper, spreading them out to completely cool and dry out; you can even place them in a warm oven. This may take a few hours. Place cooled craisins in a glass or plastic container and place in the refrigerator. Makes about 1 cup of craisins.