Cranberry-Walnut ConserveSweet, nutty, and a little spicy, this delicious conserve will be perfect for holiday entertaining. It includes my all-time favorite spice: cardamom. I’m thrilled to introduce my readers to my friend Liz the Chef, who is guest-posting today.

Liz has been adapting her recipes to be heart-healthy, less processed, and lower in sodium since her husband Larry’s heart attack last year. I feel blessed to know them both personally, and am so glad that blogging brought me some dear friends here in San Diego. Liz is known for her chutneys, so I asked her to create a holiday recipe for me to feature. I’ll be giving away a trio of Liz’s chutneys and a lovely preserves cookbook on Friday. And now, here’s Liz:

I’m crazy about cranberries and use them all year long, or as long as my frozen stash lasts after cranberry season, which is at its peak now. We enjoy cranberry chutney, relish, and this conserve, an old-fashioned recipe that is basically a fruit chutney with nuts.

My mother used to make peach and plum conserve in the summer and apple conserve in cooler weather. She canned hers, but I usually store one batch in the fridge and freeze the rest. This cranberry conserve freezes beautifully, as do fresh cranberries.

This time of year many of us are thinking about cranberries paired with turkey, but this conserve is delicious with chicken or pork as well. It pairs well with cheese for a delicious snack or sandwich and can be stirred into yogurt or sour cream for a quick dip to serve with veggies.

I plan on serving it as a side for my healthy vegan Thanksgiving dinner, as it will go wonderfully well with my gluten-free wild rice stuffing.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
migraine diets

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Can’t find cardamom? I like these certified gluten-free and organic spices from Spicely… I just re-use my glass jars:

Cranberry-Walnut Conserve

Cranberry-walnut conserve | A guest post from Liz the Chef

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings


  • 12 ounces cranberries (whole)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 apples Granny Smith, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 oranges navel, peeled, membrane removed, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (115 g)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh) Meyer or regular
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (dried) freshly grated or ground
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds ground
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (60 g)


Per 1/4 cup serving:
  • 171 calories
  • 2 g fat
  • 0 g saturated fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 2 mg sodium
  • 156 mg potassium
  • 35 g carbohydrate
  • 6 g fiber
  • 23 g sugars
  • 1 g protein
  • 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus