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Kripalu Recipes: Cranberries

One of three fruits native to North America*, the cranberry is grown in several states across the country and harvested in the fall most often through the flooding of their beds (thus the cranberry bog). Best of all, the cranberry is chock full of health benefits. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which help prevent the adhesion of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections, and emerging studies also show they help inhibit bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers. In addition, cranberries contain significant amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients that help optimize your health and protect your body against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Toast to your health with a big glass of cranberry juice or enjoy a recipe that takes advantage of the delicious tartness of the cranberry.

*The other two are the blueberry and the Concord grape.


Cranberry-Mandarin Muffins

Preparation time:15 minutes.
Baking time: 30 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canned mandarin oranges
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup honey
2/3 cup rice syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the oranges, orange juice, honey, syrup, and oil. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix together until well blended. Gently fold in the cranberries until well combined.

Fill oiled muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Cool on a wire rack or serve warm.

Source: The Kripalu Cookbook: Gourmet Vegetarian Recipes by Atma Jo Ann Levitt (Berkshire House Publishers). Available through the Kripalu Shop.

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