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How To Make Cranberry Powder from Dehydrated Craisins

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Learn how to make cranberry powder at home using dehydrated cranberries, aka dried craisins. This sugar free cranberry recipe is perfect for enhancing dishes with a burst of tartness and natural sweetness and transforms a classic condiment into a versatile, preservative-free seasoning.

Cranberry powder on a white plate next to cranberries.
Cranberry powder on a white plate next to cranberries.

What gets me the most is the color of this beauty powder. Spreading it over your drinks or cakes adds that lovely pop of color everyone will aim for. 

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Add to your berry smoothies or blend in your favorite dessert. Sprinkle on whipped cream, plain Greek yogurt, and breakfast pancakes with maple syrup to add a little tangy flavor from this powdered fresh fruit.

Top it on your hot chocolate mix with your muffins and cookies for a more fruity cranberry richness.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Intense flavor – cranberry powder is like the concentrated essence of cranberries. It delivers an intense burst of tartness that uplifts sweet and savory dishes.

Versatile – from smoothies to baked goods, cranberry powder is your secret weapon for infusing recipes with that unmistakable cranberry zing.

Year-round cranberry goodness – no need to wait for cranberry season because, with cranberry powder, you can enjoy the flavor-packed goodness of cranberries anytime.

Cranberries rock – nothing is better than having cranberries in your kitchen throughout the year. You can, of course, achieve this by making craisins or today’s powder recipe, but fruit leather is my daughter’s favorite. Perfect for school lunches. 

A plate of powder on a white surface.
A plate of powder on a white surface.

Sweetened Dehydrated Cranberries

There are a few ways you can dehydrate cranberries to make cranberry powder, and one of them is by adding sweeteners or sugar syrup for a sweetened dried fruit.

Sweetened craisins are easy to make and add to your purposeful pantry because you can always have them on hand if appropriately stored in an airtight container.

I personally feel, there is no need to add anything else as concentrated craisins are sweet enough on their own. 

Uses Of Cranberry Powder

Having your cranberry powder on hand is great for adding natural color, flavor, and fruity essence to any dish you want to make in the future. It is an excellent compliment to even some soups. 

Use it to make cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, or cranberry muffins.

 Here Are Some Common Uses Of Cranberry Powder:

  • Add to your morning smoothie or protein shake for a tangy flavor and antioxidant boost.
  • Sprinkle over yogurt or oatmeal to enhance the taste and introduce a hint of tartness.
  • Add a fruity twist to baked goods such as muffins, cookies, and bread.
  • Mix into sauces or salad dressings to add a unique flavor and color.
  • Use for cocktails or wine. It’s a creative way to add flavor and a festive touch.
  • Dust over desserts like cakescheesecakes, or puddings for taste and visual appeal.
  • Mix into your breakfast cereal or granola for added flavor and nutritional benefits.
Cranberry powder in a bowl next to red berries.
Cranberry powder in a bowl next to red berries.

How To Make Cranberry Powder Using Dried Craisins

If you are using fresh cranberries, I have prepared a post about dehydrating cranberries that will help you make this powdered recipe using your homemade craisins.

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • Blender or Food Processor – helps to blend your dried cranberries into a beautiful, colorful, soft powder.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Dried Craisins – best using your homemade summer picked and dried. 
  • Sweetener – optional

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE YOUR OWN CRAISINs POWDER

First Step: Prepare Your Cranberries

If you are using fresh cranberries, wash and dry them first. Put them on the dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 7-8 hours or until fully dry. 

Prepare your cranberries. You can either use store-bought dried cranberries or make your own craisins as mentioned above.

Dried cranberries in a bowl on a wooden table.
Dried cranberries in a bowl on a wooden table.

Second Step: Blend Cranberries

Transfer your DIY craisins to the blender or food processor. You can also use a coffee grinder since it makes fine powder, but make sure your blender or grinder is completely dry so the powder won’t clump.

Blend on the lowest setting until you get a fine, dusty fruit powder from the cranberries.

How to make a cranberry powder.
How to make a cranberry powder.

Third Step: Store

Gently open the lid, and they are ready to be stored. Be careful when opening the lid because it is dusty.

You can use a small spoon to transfer the powder to a container.

A person pouring cranberry powder into a bowl.
A person pouring cranberry powder into a bowl.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Small batches – do only small batches to ensure even grinding. Overloading the blender or grinder may result in uneven powder.
  • Sweeteners – you can experiment with adding sweeteners to the cranberry powder, the best few teaspoons of powdered sugar substitute.
  • Cookie sheet – you can spread your berry powder on a cookie sheet or parchment paper after grinding if you plan on drying it further in the sunlight.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What To Serve With Cranberry Recipes?

As mentioned above, you can serve your cranberry powder with any of your favorite desserts. 

Try sprinkling it on classics like pancakes or waffle-chaffles for a burst of flavor. If you want something fancy, pair it with a brioche bread loaf or wild blueberry cheesecake. Mix it into a rainbow chia pudding for a fun and colorful treat. And, of course, don’t forget to add a dollop to your favorite desserts like whipped cream for that extra zing.

Cranberry powder on a plate next to cranberries.
Cranberry powder on a plate next to cranberries.

How Do I Store Used Fruit Powder?

Store the cranberry powder in an airtight container since cranberries can last longer when there is less moisture. You can also store them in the fridge.

Place it in a cool, dark place to maintain its color and flavor. Keep the cranberry powder from direct sunlight and heat for best results.

Can I Freeze Powdered Dry Cranberries?

Yes, since freezing is an effective method to extend the shelf life of dry cranberry powder, preserving its flavor and natural color.
You can seal them in an airtight bag and place the sealed bag in the freezer.

More Recipes For Your Pantry

After you enjoy our easy cranberry powder, take advantage of more of dehydrating food recipes for your kitchen.

If you want more fruity powders, try making our strawberry powder for your following desserts. Additionally, you can make onion powder using homemade dried onions for your savory recipes. And, of course, our chicken powder is also a game changer for your following chicken dishes.

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Yield: 1/4 Cup

How To Make Cranberry Powder from Dehydrated Craisins

Cranberry powder on a plate next to cranberries.

Learn how to make cranberry powder at home using dehydrated cranberries, aka dried craisins. This sugar free cranberry recipe is perfect for enhancing dishes with a burst of tartness and natural sweetness and transforms a classic condiment into a versatile, preservative-free seasoning.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare your cranberries. You can either use store-bought dried cranberries or make your own craisins as mentioned above.
  2. Transfer your DIY craisins to the blender or food processor. You can also use a coffee grinder since it makes fine powder, but make sure your blender or grinder is completely dry so the powder won't clump. Blend on the lowest setting until you get a fine, dusty fruit powder from the cranberries.
  3. Gently open the lid, and they are ready to be stored. Be careful when opening the lid because it is dusty. You can use a small spoon to transfer the powder to a container.

Notes

  • Small batches - do only small batches to ensure even grinding. Overloading the blender or grinder may result in uneven powder.
  • Sweeteners - you can experiment with adding sweeteners to the cranberry powder, the best few teaspoons of powdered sugar substitute.
  • Cookie sheet - you can spread your berry powder on a cookie sheet or parchment paper after grinding if you plan on drying it further in the sunlight.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving Calories 30Total Fat 0gCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gProtein 0g

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