NNY Food Feature: LIVE YUM’s Celestial Cranberry Compote (vegan)

By: Kristen Taylor and Liz Price-Kellogg

This year give the gift of wellness, great food, and community! For the Love of Food and Yoga combines 100 yoga lessons—such as mindfulness, exploration, and presence—with 100 delicious vegetarian recipes. The combination of lessons and recipes is designed to nourish body, mind, and soul. With 200 photos taken along the St. Lawrence River, the book is also a visually rich exploration of our amazing Northern New York home.

We’re crazy about cranberries and our Celestial Cranberry Compote really is out-of-this-world! Cranberries are ultra-rich in antioxidants and have been shown to help with urinary tract infections, improve immune function, and prevent certain types of cancer. You may use this with your favorite savory dishes or as a topping for oatmeal or dessert. Make our Celestial Cranberry Compote for the week for a delicious go-to food with many applications. Makes about 2 cups.

2 cups cranberries
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup dates (chopped)
¼ cup packed orange zest
Ground Himalayan salt (to taste)
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of ground cumin
2/3 cups water
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 drops of food grade lemon essential
oil (we like St. Larry’s Organic Oils,
Lotions & Potions)


1. Combine cranberries, maple syrup, dates, orange zest, salt, cinnamon, cumin, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring ingredients to a boil and then simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until all cranberries pop.

2. Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla and lemon essential oil.

3. Cool completely. Refrigerate in a sealed glass container.

Liz Price-Kellogg and Kristen Taylor, of Clayton, co-founders of Live Yum and authors of the book ‘For the Love of Food and Yoga: A celebration of mindful eating and being’ provide healthy recipes each issue. They are dedicated yogis, mothers, and seekers of well-being. They are passionate about growing in and sharing their passions, joys and loves of living a healthy and spiritually sound lifestyle. You can follow both Liz and Kristen by following their blog