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Fresh Cranberry Chia Seed Compote

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cranberry chia jam on toast

Don’t you love it when you see fresh cranberries pop up in the product section! Hello holiday season!

Move over pumpkin. Cranberries, enter scene.

JK, I will forever love pumpkin. But cranberries have a special place in my heart too. If you don’t have any fresh cranberries on hand you can always opt for my Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread made with dried cranberries!

cranberries and chia seeds in a saucepan

What are some health benefits of cranberries?

(This information is sourced from the US Cranberries website).

Nutrient-Dense Food

Cranberries contain essential vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber and other naturally occurring compounds that may have potential health benefits.

Cranberries are cholesterol and fat free, and very low in sodium.

Fresh Cranberries in a medium sized sauce pan


Cranberry juice is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins C and E. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.

Tart Taste

Cranberries are naturally low in sugar and high in acidity, making them especially tart. The Dietary Guidelines allow for a limited amount of added sugar to improve palatability and recommends less than 10 percent of calories per day be from added sugar. The total amount of sugar in dried cranberries is similar to that of other dried fruit.

Can I make this with dried cranberries?

Unfortunately, no. Fresh cranberries only for best results.

Ways to enjoy this compote:

  • Spread on leftover turkey sandwiches
  • Spread it on toast #toasttuesday
  • Enjoy over a bowl of ice cream or yogurt
  • Serve over baked oatmeal (or your routine oatmeal bowl)
  • Spread it on pancakes or waffles 
  • Enjoy it with turkey on Thanksgiving
  • Top it on  warm apple pie!
  • Serve with pork tenderloin or pork chops
  • Layer it in a parfait 
Fresh Cranberry Chia Seed compote on buttermilk waffles

Life update:

  • Engaged life is SO fun! (and a little stressful) Lots of planning already and time is flying! 
  • My sister in law found out she is having a BOY!!!! Due March 2019!
  • I am still loving the Pilates studio I work at…we are opening up a second studio in 2019 as well. 
  • I’m on season 6 Grey’s Anatomy – I’m sooo behind the times. LOL!
cranberry chia seed jam on sourdough toast on a white plate

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5 from 1 review

Fresh Cranberry Chia Seed Compote

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Fresh Cranberries make the BEST compote ever! The perfect blend of tart and sweet and it can be used in so many ways! Waffles, oatmeal, leftover turkey sandwiches – and more!


  • 1 12oz. bag fresh (or frozen) cranberries – about 3 1/2 cups
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • Optional: orange zest

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  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, chia seeds and water. Start with 1/4 cup water, then continue to add more a tablespoon at a time as it cooks and thickens.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries begin to burst and the sauce thickens, about 15-20 minute! Let cool before serving & store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 


Enjoy in oatmeal, on toast, on top of pancakes or waffles, etc. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 3Tbsp., Calories: 38kcal (2%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


What’s your favorite way to cook or bake with fresh cranberries?

Let me know in the comments below!

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I am making this to put in my lunches next week but will switch the maple syrup for honey and only put 2 TBSP, but even that may be too sweet? I will switch the orange zest for lemon, I hope it will be OK. And my favorite way to use cranberries? As a topping on ice cream, straight out of the freezer! Thank you for this post, however old, it is still good. Peace and blessings on your marriage!

Emily Kyle

Chia seeds are the best! Love this compote, so good on everything!


I made this over the weekend and it was incredible!!


Pretty sure it doesn’t get any better or easier than this!


This is so good! Love the flavors and chia seeds in compote!

Liz Shaw

This is a meal prep item that I MUST try soon. I’ll let you know how it goes!


This is the perfect compote for the winter months! I always use raspberries in the summer so now I have a recipe using winter produce!


So many ways to use this!!!! Looks amazing. I would love it on a turkey sandwich.