Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is a slightly sweet, tart addition to the Thanksgiving dinner menu. This organic cranberry sauce recipe uses honey instead of refined sugar. Who needs processed sugar anyways?
If you’re on a mission to limit processed or toxic ingredients, this recipe is for you! It’s simple and full of healthy whole food ingredients.
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Growing up, my family served the canned cranberry sauce. They even kept in in its jelled up form and sliced it along the ridges. Seriously.
When I got married and began cooking for my growing little family, I wanted to create healthier alternatives to the “traditional” American versions we grew up with.
So this version uses fresh cranberries, fresh oranges, and natural sweeteners & spices to give it delicious flavor. With no added junk!
This naturally sweetened cranberry sauce recipe does not use anything complicated. In fact, you may just have many of these in your home right now! I just love creating recipes that use pantry staples.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- fresh cranberries
- raw honey
- natural apple juice
- orange zest
This holiday staple tastes so great paired with the rich flavors of a traditional turkey (or ham) dinner. It also pairs with pork, chicken, and some cuts of beef.
So whatever meat is on your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any festive meal, it works really well!
Zest the skin of one large orange until you have 1 teaspoon and set aside.
To a medium saucepan or pot, combine the fresh cranberries, honey, cinnamon, and apple juice. Stir well.
Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Keep at a simmer for 5-10 minutes or until most berries pop. Be sure to stir occasionally.
Remove from heat and add the orange zest to the cranberry mixture. Allow to cool completely and move to an airtight container in the fridge until ready to enjoy. Serve chilled.
Tips for storing this recipe:
This is a great make ahead recipe for your holiday table. I love to keep things simple while making holiday recipes. So some prep work ahead is so helpful!
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator. Store in a glass airtight container for up to one week.
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FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Definitely! Just replace the honey with maple syrup in this recipe to make it vegan.
Of course, one of our favorite uses are to pair with leftover turkey for sandwiches or sliders. Another favorite is to pair with roasted pork loin. For something extra creative, pair it with homemade yogurt, this maple overnight oatmeal, or in a morning smoothie.
Cranberries are very tart and bitter on their own. This is why many cranberry recipes incorporate a lot of sugar. In this recipe, I’ve eliminated processed sugar to naturally sweeten it with real honey. It will still be a bit tart, but it’s supposed to have a sharp and tart flavor.
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Honey Sweetened Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 12 oz fresh cranberries organic
- ¾ cup apple juice organic without any additives
- ½ cup honey raw & organic
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon organic
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated orange rind organic
- Combine cranberries, apple juice, honey, and cinnamon in a sauce pan or pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes or until most of the cranberries pop. Be sure to stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat, stir in grated orange rind. Cool to room temperature and then move to airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Enjoy chilled with your favorite holiday recipes.