Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This Homemade Healthy Cranberry Sauce Recipe has only 7 ingredients and NO refined sugar! Using apple cider and orange juice gives it a rich & spicy yet bright and citrusy flavor that is out-of-this-world delicious! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free & paleo-friendly! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce recipe, fresh cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce, paleo cranberry sauce, thanksgiving side dish recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 109.8kcal
Author Laura


  • 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt


  • In a medium sauce-pan, whisk together orange juice, apple cider, maple syrup, and coconut sugar over medium-high heat.
  • One mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
  • Pour cranberries into the saucepan and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • 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)!
  • Using a potato masher, gently mash the cranberries to thicken the mixture. The more you mash, the less chunky the sauce will be---your choice! (if you like extra-smooth cranberry sauce, blend the mixture in your Vitamix until smooth).
  • 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.
  • Store in refrigerator in an airtight container!



Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 109.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 33.4mg | Potassium: 27.2mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 26.5g | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg