It’s time to ditch the canned stuff! This homemade healthy cranberry sauce is made with fresh cranberries and orange juice and sweetened naturally with only maple syrup. Ready in 10 minutes, it’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu!
Whenever anyone hears ‘cranberry sauce,’ their mind immediately goes to the canned stuff. You know what I’m talking about. The kind that holds the shape of the can, even when it’s been sliced and plated on the table.
I promise. This healthy cranberry sauce is nothing like the sugary, jelly, canned kind. I stayed farrrrrrr away from the cranberry sauce on the table until I tried the homemade stuff.
I developed a LOVE for cranberry sauce after making my own. It may even beat out gravy on my Thanksgiving plate. Now, my family makes this recipe every year.
This healthy cranberry sauce is made with just five ingredients, naturally sweetened only with maple, and is ready in ten minutes. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart, bursting with fresh cranberries.
Give cranberry sauce a second chance and try making your own this year. I think you’ll fall in love with it just like I did!
What makes this cranberry sauce healthy?
Store bought cranberry sauce is typically made with cranberries, high fructose corn syrup, water, and corn syrup.
I’ve cut the high fructose corn syrup and replaced it with a natural sweetener: maple syrup! I’ve also added orange juice and orange zests, which provides some sweetness and helps cut the tartness of the cranberries.
My secret ingredient in this cranberry sauce is fresh thyme. The addition of the more savory herbs pairs perfectly with the sweet and tart flavors of typical cranberry sauce.
This healthy cranberry sauce is made with:
How to make healthy cranberry sauce
All you need to make your own cranberry sauce is one pot and about ten minutes.
Step 1: Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until boiling.
Step 2: Once boiling, reduce heat and allow the cranberries to burst open. This should take about ten minutes.
Step 3: Once the cranberries have burst open, use a fork or a potato mashed to smash down the cranberries.
Step 4: Heat on low until cranberry sauce has thickened. Once thickened, turn off heat and let cool.
Can cranberry sauce be made ahead of time?
Yes! This cranberry sauce can be prepared up to three days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
Feel free to serve at room temperature, or warm up slightly on the stove.
It also freezes well if you have any leftovers!
How to use your cranberry sauce
My favorite thing about making my own cranberry sauce has been discovering so many DELICIOUS ways to use it. Do NOT limit yourself to just eating cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving plate.
Some of my favorite ways to eat cranberry sauce are:
- Mixed into oatmeal
- Mixed into yogurt
- On top of pancakes/waffles
- On toast (sort of like jelly)
- As a spread on a turkey sandwich
There are SO many good options. Definitely let me know your favorite ways to eat your leftover cranberry sauce!
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Skip the canned stuff – this healthy cranberry sauce is quick and easy to make! It requires about ten minutes and only five ingredients. Sweetened only with maple syrup, it’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu
- 12 oz fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 large orange, juice and zest
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- Add all ingredients to saucepan and heat over medium heat until boiling
- Reduce heat and allow cranberries to burst .This should take about ten minutes
- Once burst, smash cranberries with fork or potato masher
- Heat until sauce has thickened
- Once thickened, allow to cool
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