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With cranberries in season and showing up in all the stores, I’ve been looking for more ways to enjoy the health benefits of cranberries in more of what I eat. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for smoothies, jams and sauces out there calling for a mix of cranberries and figs but when I decided to try one of them I couldn’t find any figs in the store.  I decided to create my own recipe… something we do a lot of around here!

Forgive the title, but honestly when I took my first taste of this cranberry date jam I instantly said “OMG, this is delicious!” I promise you’re going to love it.  Cranberries are actually a superfood, so this is as healthy as it is delicious! This will keep for a few days in the fridge in a covered container.  Don’t make batches that are larger than you will consume in that time.  With no preservatives in the recipe, it won’t last ages like store bought jams.

I used a NutriBullet to make this.  I bought my first NutriBullet a month ago and swear by it.  I’ve found that my juicer and blender and even my food processor to a degree have been pushed to the back of the shelves.  For this recipe, the NutriBullet is perfect because the ingredients toss when you pulse with it giving a very even consistency without starting to puree it.  The chunkiness of this “jam” is such that it’s almost more like a chutney.

The NutriBullet tells you to add liquid to anything you want to blend in it.  Don’t do it on this recipe unless you find you have to.  The ingredients are moist and you don’t want watery jam.

Also, don’t add any sweetener no matter how tempted you might be.  The dates are very sweet and this recipe is almost too sweet as it is!  You might want to try less dates at first.

Cranberry Date Jam
Prep Time
5 mins
 
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Date Jam, Jam Filled Cookies, Preserves
Servings: 1 cups
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 4 strawberries optional
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped ginger to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1 orange peeled. Reserve peel
Instructions
Directions:
  1. Break a small amount of the orange rind into small chuncks. Add it and the remaining ingredients to a NutriBullet cup and pulse several times. Be a bit careful when pulsing not to let the jar turn and lock into place. You want the pulses to be short bursts to toss the ingredients around and chop them without liquifying them.
Recipe Notes

Note: The instructions with NutriBullets say that liquid must be added to anything you mix in the machine. Try this first without adding any liquid. The ingredients are quite moist and you don’t want runny jam. If you must add liquid, add a very small amount of water, orange or cranberry juice

Keep your measurements shy of a full cup

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