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Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Want a naturally sweetened homemade and easy cranberry sauce recipe? I have just the one for you to try!


I shared my recipe for naturally sweetened cranberry sauce last year at the very bottom of my Thanksgiving leftovers post (You can find that post HERE and it contains a great recipe for turkey salad wraps to make with your thanksgiving leftovers).


But I made this naturally sweetened cranberry sauce again today and realized it definitely needed to have a post of it’s own. It deserves to be a shining star because it’s so delicious! I forgot how great it tastes and how simple it is to make.

  Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

And the best part is that it’s naturally sweetened and not loaded with refined sugars like most cranberry sauce recipes.


A few readers told me that they even left the tiny bit of pure maple syrup out and that is was still really fabulous.


So I’ll leave it up to you – you can have it all fruit sweetened or add just a touch of pure maple syrup 🙂

  naturally sweetened cranberry sauce


Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 apple, diced
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (Find HERE)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, mix in water, cranberries, orange, and apple pieces. Cook stirring often until cranberries start to split open.
  2. Pour in maple syrup and ground cloves.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. If you prefer a smoother cranberry sauce, blend all the ingredients until smooth.
  5. Chill and Enjoy!


I was quite obsessed with this naturally sweetened cranberry sauce last year. I ate it on chicken, turkey, pork and even eggs! How do you like to eat your cranberry sauce?




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    Did you peel the apple?

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    Do you peel the orange?
    Can’t wait to try this.

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    Any type of apple? DO you have a preference of red or green?

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    Really Sounds wonderful. Do you think it would taste ok if I left out the maple syrup? I know it’s not a lot, but trying to go lower sugar.

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    You are my hero! I had to eat the Canadian Thanksgiving turkey without cranberry sauce because I didn’t want to eat all that sugar. I need to buy a lot of cranberries and get it in the freezer! Thanks so much! (is there a cranberry addiction? ;->)

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    We tested out three recipes, and THIS was the winner. Thank you for sharing it!

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    Not tired Yet,, question is that how many day it can be fresh. ?

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    My son and I are crazy for cranberry sauce. I am going to double this recipe…can’t wait!

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