Shut the front door. Whose kids are these? Well, apparently, they are mine, and they LOVE today’s 3-Ingredient Cranberry Pomegranate Spread. I’m sorry, say what? Yes, Toodle and Twinkle love it. After this discovery, K-Hubs and I Googled the seasons for cranberries and pomegranates, because, and here’s the deal, if the girls are willing to eat it, then we are willing to make it. Mind. Blown. We may also have Googled how to freeze this concoction, which is now on my culinary bucket list.
K-Hubs and I also LOVE this recipe, but that’s to be expected. We love cranberries and pomegranates, so putting them together was an obvious choice. But the girls have never had either fruit before this year, and usually they need about 12534970946 tries before they like a food. Toodle even more so than Twinkle, and they’ll tell you as much. So, of all the recipes to awaken the girls’ tastebuds, I admit, this was not the one I thought would do the trick. I figured it would be too tart and the texture too choppy for their liking. As a transparent note, they do like it best just after it is made, which I’ll delve into further below.
3-Ingredient Cranberry Pomegranate Spread epitomizes all that is good and right and well with the world. In fact, I totally planned to make this exclusively as a spread for meats. But once we grabbed our spoons, reality dawned on me. Sure, 3-Ingredient Cranberry Pomegranate Spread can just be a spread. But, honestly, who do we even think we are? This Christmas concoction is, with a doubt, way more versatile.
And when I say versatile, I mean put a bowl of this out and let your guests just dig in. Serve it with crackers as an appetizer. Or serve it with a spoon as a side dish or mini salad. Use it as a topping for muffins, donuts, or breads. Mix it into ice cream, smoothies, shakes, and milk. The possibilities are all kinds of endless.
With just three base ingredients, it is easy to explore additional flavors and keep this thing ALIVE. I like to add diced red onions or cinnamon. You can also add a dash of lemon juice or orange slices. So absolutely good. Really, 3-Ingredient Cranberry Pomegranate Spread is a base for countless other combos. And if you need more inspiration, then check out Paleo Fruit Salsa. There is some serious flavor going on there, too.
And I’m not joking, Spiriteds, when I say you can serve your 3-Ingredient Cranberry Pomegranate Spread literally by itself with nothing more than a spoon. The agave nectar and finely-chopped cranberries are the perfect combo to pair with pomegranate arils. There’s no messing this recipe up.
In addition to housing just a handful of ingredients, this delicious spread is:
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and grain-free
- Vegan or paleo
- No-bake, no-cook
Preparing it is rather easy, too. I halve my cranberries, per The Gram’s suggestion long ago when she first taught me to make Cranberry Cake. It’s important to remove soggy and spoiled cranberries from the mix, especially since this is a no-bake, no-cook recipe. Halving the cranberries ensures you end up with the best fruit.
After slicing the cranberries, I put them in my little chopper and finely chop them. After that, I transfer them to a large mixing bowl and stir in the arils and agave nectar. I like agave nectar for this recipe because it most closely resembles regular sugar and doesn’t alter the overall flavor. 100% pure honey is an option, too. However, add it little by little so as not to overpower the cranberry-pomegranate flavor. Finally, I pour the mixture into a mesh strainer to remove any excess juice. This step is optional and depends on what kind of consistency you want. For a crunchy texture, strain away. For a softer texture, keep the juices.
I mentioned above the girls like this best just after it is made. I do think the flavors intensify as the spread sits. So if you make this ahead of time, even a few days ahead, do a quick taste test before serving to see if additional sweetener is needed.
However you choose to prepare it, 3-Ingredient Cranberry Pomegranate Spread is tantalizing, delicious, sweet, and tart, and here just in time for the holidays!
- 3 cups fresh cranberries, halved lengthwise
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- ½ cup agave nectar (vegan) or 100% pure honey (paleo)
- Add halved cranberries in small batches to a chopper and chop until tiny pieces form.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl and gently stir in pomegranate arils.
- Add agave nectar or honey and stir well. If necessary, drain mixture using a mesh strainer.
- Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.