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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Maple and Orange {Paleo}

This healthy, homemade cranberry sauce uses only 3 ingredients and is Paleo friendly and refined- sugar free! It's ready in 30 minutes and is perfect for Thanksgiving!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce, healthy holiday side dish, paleo side dish, refined sugar free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 104kcal
Author Taylor


  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Orange juice not from concentrate
  • 10 Tbsp Pure Maple syrup 1/2 cup + + 2 Tbsp
  • 4 Cups Fresh Cranberries or frozen ones that have been thawed
  • 1 Tsp Mandarin orange zest packed (about 2 mandarin oranges)


  • In a large pot combine the water, orange juice and maple syrup and bring to a boil on high heat.
  • Once boiling, add in the cranberries. Bring the mixture back to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium, to keep it at a nice steady low boil. Cook, stirring frequently, until the berries burst and the sauce begins to thicken, about 30 minutes.
  • Once cooked, transfer the sauce to a bowl and let cool completely. Then, chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Note that the sauce thickens a lot once it comes to room temperature, and even more once it's refrigerated. *
  • Once ready to serve, stir in the orange zest and put it on ALL the things!


*Sauce is best made in advance, at least a day before serving. This allows the sauce to thicken and the flavors to really come together.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 22.5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.2mg