Vegan Cranberry Glaze

Vegan Cranberry Glaze

Why serve the cranberries on the side when you can have a vegan cranberry glaze on top?  Transform canned cranberry sauce into a delightful glaze for your baked veggie loaves, holiday roasts, and tofurkeys. This vegan cranberry glaze combines the convenience of canned cranberries with the flavors and aromas of an old-fashioned holiday. The canned sauce offers a smooth base, while additional ingredients like cinnamon and ginger add a hint of spice and depth, perfectly complementing the savory notes of whole plant food holiday entrees.

Note: This recipe isn’t the typical whole plant food fare we generally feature, but it is designed to enhance the flavor of a whole plant food entree.  Additionally, the phytonutrients in cranberries are shown to be protective against post-prandial sugar spikes, additionally blunting the effect of this mildly “junky” recipe.  Additionally, compounds in citrus zest can effectively double the rate at which our DNA repairs itself.  At the end of the day, it’s up to you what you eat and how you feel about it.

Vegan Cranberry Glaze

December 22, 2023
: Enough for two holiday roasts or one, with reserve for serving.
: 10 min
: 10 min
: 20 min
: Easy

A sweet and tart flavor profile that perfectly complements the savory notes of your veggie loaves.

  • 1 can (14 oz) cranberry sauce (whole berry or jellied)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange (optional for added zest)
  • Step 1 In a medium saucepan, combine the canned cranberry sauce, agave syrup, cinnamon, ginger powder, and a pinch of salt. If using, also add the orange zest and juice.
  • Step 2 Warm the mixture over medium heat, stirring continuously until the cranberry sauce becomes smooth and the ingredients are well integrated. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Step 3 If you prefer a smoother texture, especially if using whole berry cranberry sauce, blend the mixture with a hand blender or in a regular blender after it cools down slightly.
  • Step 4 Preheat your oven according to your veggie loaf recipe instructions.
  • Step 5 Generously brush the cranberry glaze over your prepared veggie loaves before baking.
  • Step 6 Bake the veggie loaves as per your recipe instructions, until thoroughly cooked and the glaze is slightly caramelized on top.

Perfect to use on our Christmas Cranberry Nut Loaf recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information (per tablespoon of glaze):

  • Calories: 30
  • Protein: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 10mg

Tip: This versatile vegan cranberry glaze can also be used as a topping for other plant-based dishes, adding a touch of sweetness and tartness.