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Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Marmalade

Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Marmalade

Thanksgiving is all around us with #PSEverythings still in full swing, but you would think it was 2 days until Christmas with all the Christmas decorations in the stores.  Don’t forget how I am still loving those olfactory bombs they call cinnamon brooms hanging out by the front door of Kroger ready to assault my senses!  They are already playing Christmas carols on the radio, in the stores, and in every waiting room around the country!  Stop!  I want to enjoy my fried turkey and cranberry sauce and eat my dinner on placemats with hand shaped turkeys that my kids made before the wrapping frenzy begins!  One holiday at a time please!

Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Marmalade |

This holiday poses some culinary challenges for the Stewart household because we are currently on a Paleo/Whole 30 round, although Brooks will say that he’s awesome because he never fell off the wagon like I did this summer.  And by falling off the wagon I mean I had a few french fries and maybe some cornbread.  I didn’t resort back to eating burgers and candy bars like Brooks makes it sound like.  So being that we are not eating mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread dressing, I needed to come up with some accompanying items for our turkey.  This cranberry and orange marmalade seemed like a great addition to the turkey while not skimping on taste!  Chia seeds are a healthy way to thicken lots of things without using corn starch, pectin or good old-fashioned sugar.  Plus you get all those omega-3 and other healthy side effects.  I used raw honey and oranges to sweeten it up a but since cranberries are so tart by themselves.  You can enjoy this marmalade, even if you are not paleo, on chicken and pork as well as you turkey, which by the way, we will be eating fried this year again!  If I’m going to cheat, then I’ll do it on fried turkey for sure!

Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Marmalade |

Happy Thanksgiving!

side view of Cranberry Orange Chia Seed Marmalade in a glass jar

Cranberry Orange Chia Jam

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This marmalade is thickened with chia seeds and sweetened with honey! A great way to add a healthy touch to a Thanksgiving staple!


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium orange (, zested, segments removed, and juiced)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds


  1. Bring water and cranberries to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. When the water is boiling, add the orange segments and juice.
  3. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  4. Place the cranberries and water (do not drain) and orange segments in a blender.
  5. Add honey, zest, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  6. Pulse a few times to break up the cranberries.
  7. Add in the chia seeds and apricots.
  8. Pulse a few more times to combine.
  9. You can puree until smooth or leave it chunky like I did. Your pick!
  10. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to let it continue to thicken.
  11. Store in the refrigerator for two weeks.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 16gSugar: 21gProtein: 6g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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This recipe adapted from The Glowing Fridge.

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Saturday 18th of August 2018

This sounds really great for any time you eat Turkey!

Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

I wish I was having this for breakfast today!

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

It would be great on some thick toast!

Lauren @ Wicked Spatula

Monday 30th of March 2015

This sounds phenomenal! I LOVE that there's no added sugar!!

Monday 30th of March 2015

Thanks! I hope you like it!

Jenny D

Monday 30th of March 2015

This sounds amazing, what a great combo. I am bookmarking this for later; I've been thinking about a fun marmalade to use as a cake filling and I think this would be ridiculously good!

Monday 30th of March 2015

Thanks Jenny! I never thought about using it between cake layers! Let me know how it turns out!


Friday 28th of November 2014

How delicious! I love orange marmalade on buttered toast but I seriously love the addition on cranberries here. So awesome.

Monday 1st of December 2014

Thanks so much! Love your blog!!!

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