Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce

  Nov 14, 2018  |  #Recipes

This Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce is the perfect, hearty combination of tangy and sweet. A fall staple, this will be a perfect addition for your Thanksgiving table. 

Confession – I don’t cook with cranberries much. I would say I save them exclusively for the month of November. That’s when they are in season, when I see them in grocery stores, and also when I start thinking about them. Kind of like I mentioned with pumpkin puree – I should stock up in the off-season, but I just don’t tend to think about it then!

But, if I’m being honest, I don’t think cranberries get enough credit. They are pretty darn good, once you get past their tartness. When you boil them down though (like we’re doing today!), they get a little sweeter. Okay, actually they get a lot sweeter and more palatable.

Now, let’s talk about Thanksgiving. I’m pretty low-key obsessed with Thanksgiving. It’s always been my favorite holiday. I mean, FOOD, is a big part of that. Memories and experiences that revolve around food are good for the soul.

But, I also love gathering the family together, and just pausing to reflect on the past year and what I’m grateful for. It’s no surprise that Camryn is my biggest blessing this year.

I’m so excited for her to experience her first Thanksgiving. She will have a little plate of food and everything!

Decorating the table with homecooked food and passed-down family recipes is one of my favorite parts, hands down.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Do you have a favorite family recipe that sits on your Thanksgiving table? Or, something you always look forward to? For me, it’s my mom’s green bean casserole. I don’t know how she does it to make it so delicious, but it’s unmatchable (is that a word)?

I seriously dream about it every Thanksgiving. We’ve fried turkey a few times (my dad has become a pro) so that’s always a welcome addition to. Last year, I added my maple roasted veggies as a side, and my quinoa chocolate chip apple bake as a dessert.

This year, I’ll be contributing this Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce. It will definitely be appearing on Cam’s plate, too!

This sauce is not only a great side for your Thanksgiving table, or a great addition to your leftover turkey sandwich, but it also goes great on toast, pancakes and oatmeal!

I’ve been eating it on my oatmeal every morning since having so much on hand. It’s a great way to add some extra fiber, Vitamin C, and heart healthy omega 3’s from the chia seeds, too.

It just adds a whole new element to my morning oats. It’s extra cozy, and just feels more like fall. I can’t describe it in any other way.

It’s kinda fun to hear the cranberries popping once they heat up. And, they don’t all have to pop for your sauce to be done. To be honest, I think it’s pretty tasty to have a true cranberry mixed in with the chia sauce.

I like the clumps, but it’s a personal preference. Whether you like the clumps or not, this recipe will not disappoint!

So, let’s go over how to make it.


More Chia Seed Recipes?

You’ll love this chocolate coconut milk chia pudding.

Banana chia seed bread with blueberries is a tasty twist on banana bread!

Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce

Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce is the perfect, hearty combination of tangy and sweet. A fall staple, this will be a perfect addition for your Thanksgiving table. 


  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries (about 3.5 cups)
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup water (optional)


  1. Wash cranberries and wash and slice strawberries.
  2. Combine cranberries, strawberries, maple syrup, chia seeds, and lemon juice in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add water if needed (just to cover the berries).
  3. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries begin to pop and burst. The sauce will begin to thicken after 15-20 minutes.
  4. Let sauce cool before serving & enjoy!


You can store in the fridge for up to a week!

Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce | Thanksgiving Side

The chia seeds help thicken the sauce a little, plus they’re adding some omega 3’s (great for heart health!). Please share and tell me what you think if you make this.

What are your favorite family holiday recipes?

What’s your favorite way to use fresh cranberries?

10 responses to “Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce

  1. I’m a big fan of stuffing and corn casserole! This recipe is so creative! I don’t think much about cranberries either but they’re so good!

  2. This look so good! I honestly never eat cranberries either. It’s just not a food that I think about buying or eating since they can be so tart.

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