These festive cranberry crostini can be made with a handful of simple seasonal ingredients. Bright red and super cheery, they taste as wonderful as they look. Vegan crostini are super easy to make and perfect for your next party or family gathering.

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Cranberry Crostini Served on a white platter

Today, we are making a cranberry crostini that practically sparkles with Holiday cheer, both in flavor and presentation. This is a great addition to any holiday meal. I love the complexity of flavors in this dish; it delivers quite a gustatory punch.

Imagine biting into a crispy slice of bread topped with tangy cranberry topping, with a touch of maple syrup, and a hint of citrusy orange zest. As the flavors dance on your taste buds, you can’t help but savor each and every bite. Cranberry crostini is a versatile and crowd-pleasing vegan appetizer, cranberry crostini has been gaining popularity in recent years. Today, we’ll delve into the world of cranberry crostini and show you how to create your own mouth-watering version. Get ready to impress your guests and elevate your holiday parties with this simple yet sensational vegan crostini dish!

Why you’ll love this cranberry crostini

  • Vibrant flavors: Combining tart cranberries, sweet maple syrup, spicy ginger, and zesty orange zest creates delicious flavors. 
  • Textural bliss: The crispy baguette slices contrast with the soft and slightly chunky cranberry compote, while the pomegranate seeds add a juicy pop.
  • Elegant appetizer: Cranberry crostini are perfect for holiday gatherings and special occasions. They work well as appetizers for various occasions, from holiday parties to casual get-togethers. You can also customize the toppings or base to suit different preferences.
  • Balanced sweetness: The natural cane sugar and maple syrup (or agave nectar) provide just the right sweetness without being overly sugary. 
  • Healthy ingredients: Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Fresh ginger adds a healthful kick, and pomegranate seeds offer additional vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Festive colors: If you are looking for a festive-looking appetizer – this is the one for you!
  • Simplicity: Despite the complex flavors, these vegan crostini are relatively easy to prepare and make an impressive appetizer. 

Cranberry crostini ingredients and substitution notes

  • Cranberries: Fresh or frozen cranberries can be used. Washing them ensures they are clean and ready to use.
  • Natural cane sugar: Natural cane sugar is a less refined sugar option, adding a slightly caramelized flavor to the cranberry mixture. 
  • Maple syrup: Maple syrup adds sweetness and a hint of maple flavor. Agave nectar can be used as an alternative. Adjust the quantity to achieve the desired level of sweetness.
  • Fresh ginger: This adds a warm and spicy kick to the cranberry compote. 
  • Pomegranate seeds provide a burst of color and a juicy, slightly tart crunch.
  • Orange zest: This adds citrusy brightness and aroma to the vegan crostini. 
  • Fresh mint leaves: Fresh mint leaves are used as a garnish to add a refreshing contrast to the cranberry mixture.
  • Baguette: Choose a good-quality baguette with a crispy crust and soft interior. Slice it into thin rounds and toast them to make the crostini base.
  • Olive oil: This is used to brush the baguette slices before toasting, adding flavor and helps them become crispy. You can also use melted butter or a different oil if preferred.

Vegan crostini recipe variations and add-ins

  • Pecans: Add a layer of chopped toasted pecans to the cranberry mixture for a crunchy and nutty element that pairs wonderfully with the sweet-tart cranberries. Besides pecans, you can add other nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios for extra crunch and flavor.
  • Fresh herbs: Experiment with fresh herbs like thyme or basil to complement the cranberry mixture and add freshness.

Top Tips to Make the Best Cranberry Crostini

We all know that hosting a successful holiday party can be a daunting task, but with this vegan crostini recipe, you can impress your guests without breaking a sweat.

  • Use fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds for the best flavor and texture whenever possible. They add a burst of freshness to your vegan crostini.
  • Toast the baguette slices until they are crispy but not overly hard. They should be sturdy enough to hold the toppings without becoming too difficult to bite into.

Make ahead instructions and storage

Make-ahead instructions:

You can toast the baguette slices beforehand, but storing them separately from the compote is best. Once toasted, let the baguette slices cool completely before storing them in an airtight or resealable plastic bag.

Storage Instructions:

If you have leftover assembled crostini, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. However, remember that the baguette slices may lose some crispness over time.

If you have leftover cranberry-pomegranate compote, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you have leftover toasted baguette slices, store them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag at room temperature for a few days. You can also re-toast them in the oven to freshen them up.

Cranberry Crostini Serving Suggestions 

Here are some fun ways to serve this vegan appetizer:

  • Appetizer platter: Arrange the cranberry crostini on a decorative platter for an appetizer spread. Pair them with other finger foods like vegan pomegranate pistachio cheese log, olive tapenade, and stuffed mushrooms for an impressive presentation.
  • Holiday parties: Serve cranberry crostini at holiday gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve parties. 
  • Brunch or a tea party: Offer cranberry crostini at brunch gatherings or tea parties.
  • Outdoor picnics: Pack cranberry crostini in a picnic basket for a tasty outdoor meal. They’re easy to transport and share with friends and family at the park or by the lake during the day.
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Cranberry Crostini Served on a white platter

Cranberry Pomegranate Crostini

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  • Author: Chef Ani


These festive cranberry crostini can be made with a handful of simple seasonal ingredients. Bright red and super cheery, they taste as wonderful as they look.



Cranberry, Pomegranate Topping:

  • 1 cup cranberries (washed)
  • 1 tablespoon natural cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave nectar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • zest of 1 orange
  • fresh mint leaves


  • 1 thin baguette
  • Olive oil for brushing


  1. In a food processor add the cranberries, natural cane sugar, honey, and fresh ginger. Pulse with your food processor until a rough paste.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl or Tupperware and put in the fridge to chill for at least one hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the baguette into 1/4 inch slices on a slight diagonal. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil and transfer to a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes (flip half way through), or until golden.
  5. Once the cranberry mixture has chilled, fold in the pomegranate seeds and orange zest.
  6. Top each piece of bread with cranberry topping.  Garnish with chopped fresh mint!

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