The easiest, most delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe you will ever make, and a must-have for your holiday celebrations! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!

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…collaborate and listen.”

I’m back…with the best homemade cranberry sauce ever. I know–a bold claim here–but seriously, there are no words to describe this sauce! It is THAT good.

Please {pretty please with sugar on top} tell me that you’d be willing to ditch the gelatinous canned gloop {yes, gloop}, that masquerades as cranberry sauce, and make your own! Don’t be intimated! This homemade cranberry sauce recipe is super easy and only uses a few ingredients. PLUS it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan! jfs_hh_dark

The easiest, most delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe you will ever make, and a must-have for your holiday celebrations! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!

Not only does this homemade cranberry sauce come together in under 30 minutes, but it is yet another recipe in our Homemade Holidays series that can be made ahead of time! I usually whip it up a day or two before Thanksgiving and store it in an airtight container in the fridge! You might even argue that it tastes better after siting for a couple days because the flavors become richer as they have time to blend!

I do not recommend making any substitutions or changes to this sauce, because it tastes the best when your follow the recipe exactly as written. I have tried playing with the ratio of orange juice and water, decreasing the amount of sugar, etc. and have landed on this recipe every. single. time. Yes, it does have actual sugar in it, but on the holidays I do not want to stress about what we eat. I want the meal to be delicious and enjoyable, and this homemade cranberry sauce definitely delivers. So if it ain’t broke you better believe I ain’t gonna fix it.

The easiest, most delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe you will ever make, and a must-have for your holiday celebrations! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!

We like our cranberry sauce a little on the chunky side! However, if you enjoy yours extra-smooth no worries! Simply toss the mixture into your blender (Vitamix) after it’s fully cooked, and blend to the consistency you like.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this homemade cranberry sauce is a must have at our family’s holiday celebrations. I think that if Thanksgiving  came and there was no cranberry sauce, my husband would stage a cry-in. Ok wait, no…he’d act like an adult…but he’d be super-disappointed! {Did she just go there? Yes, yes she did}. Thankfully there is nothing political about this sauce. It’s simply a delicious, sweet side dish that needs to be at your Thanksgiving celebration this year, and every year hereafter! The easiest, most delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe you will ever make, and a must-have for your holiday celebrations! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce-pan, whisk together water, orange juice, granulated sugar, and brown sugar over medium-high heat.
  2. One mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the cinnamon.
  3. Gently pour cranberries into the saucepan and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Simmer the mixture uncovered for 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop! (You will literally hear popping noises and the berries will burst open)!
  5. Using a potato masher, gently mash the cranberries to make the mixture thicken. The more you mash, the less chunky your mixture will be---your choice! (if you like extra-smooth cranberry sauce, blend the mixture in your [Vitamix|http://vitamixtrack.com/click.track?CID=292558&AFID=417333&ADID=1450715&SID=&NonEncodedURL=
  6. ] until smooth).
  7. Simmer for another 3 minutes and then turn off heat but leave the pot uncovered on top of the burner to cool and thicken for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container!
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The easiest, most delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe you will ever make, and a must-have for your holiday celebrations! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!

I am SO excited about Thanksgiving because we get to spend time with family who we haven’t seen since last year!  My step-sister has adorable twin boys that just turned one, and I literally cannot wait for my kids to play with them {as much as one-year-olds can play}! I also get to see my aunt, uncle and cousins that I love so much the day after Thanksgiving! YAY! I love my family so much and I am super-excited about our time together!

We also run a 5K in my hometown on the morning of Thanksgiving and we have an absolute blast! We see so many people that we’ve known forever all out running and having a great time! Then there’s football-watching, delicious smells coming from the kitchen, and of course lots of food eating! Oh and how could I forget?! I get to celebrate one of my oldest, most cherished friends’ wedding!!! Can you tell I’m SO EXCITED…and I just can’t hide it!!!!

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The easiest, most delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe you will ever make, and a must-have for your holiday celebrations! Never buy cranberries in a can again! Gluten-free & vegan!

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