Cranberries make for “sweet heart” deal

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – We’re calling this a “berry” good start to Valentine’s week. The 71st Alice in Dairyland, Kaitlyn Riley shows us how to give some love to our hearts with some sweet treats featuring a popular state fruit.

Despite their fall harvest, Riley said cranberries are far from just a Thanksgiving Dinner side. While the fresh fruit is no longer in season, she’s got some good ways to incorporate frozen or dried cranberries from Wisconsin into your daily routine.

Cranberry Smoothie (Servings: 2)

1 cup milk
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen cranberries
Honey (to taste)

Directions: combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth!

Cranberry No-Bake Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Optional: dash of vanilla extract

Directions: mix honey and peanut butter in a large bowl. Add oats & cranberries. Stir until well-combined. Form into small patties and enjoy!

Wisconsin growers account for about 64% of the US cranberry production. Riley said the fruit can be found in about 1000 products including juices, sauces and even in some cosmetics.

You can follow Kaitlyn’s journey as Alice in Dairyland on all social media platforms. She also maintains a blog at

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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