Healthy Cranberry Sauce

5 from 2 reviews

Healthy Cranberry Sauce with 3 simple ingredients and refined sugar is not one of them. Perfect addition to your Thanksgiving turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups (8 servings) 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)


  1. Go through cranberries and discard any squishy ones.
  2. Add cranberries, maple syrup and orange juice to a small pot.
  3. Bring to a boil covered, reduce heat to medium and cook for 6 minutes.
  4. Remove lid, add cinnamon and vanilla if you wish, stir and cook for 3 more minutes or until cranberry sauce has thickened. No need to add cornstarch or gelatin as cranberries and honey will thicken on their own.
  5. Serve hot or cold with turkey and mashed potatoes.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 weeks. Add to oatmeal, yogurt and granola, or make turkey sandwiches.

Make Ahead: Cook, let cool and transfer to glass mason jars with a lid. Then refrigerate for up to 14 days

Freeze: Make sure you leave room for sauce to expand and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, I would bring sauce to room temperature on a counter. If frozen, you are looking at a day or overnight. If you like sauce warm, simmer in a small pot on low heat.



  • Add cinnamon and vanilla – I added 1/8 tsp each because my gut told me to. You don’t have to or add more. So good!
  • Add more sweetener – Cranberries are very tart, almost no matter how much sugar you add. Increase maple syrup or honey to 1/2 cup.
  • I did not mash the sauce. You can mash it with a potato masher if you like it chunky, or blend with an immersion blender if you like yours more smooth.
  • Use zest and juice of large orange instead of orange juice.
  • Serve hot or cold – Simmer in a pot to warm up made ahead sauce or serve right away.

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