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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
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