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A serving dish containing cranberry sauce. A spoon rests at the top of the bowl and there are whole cranberries scattered around the bowl.
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3.80 from 72 votes

Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned version and make this healthy cranberry sauce instead! It's naturally sweetened and the perfect addition to your holiday menu. Plus, it comes together in under 20 minutes with just 5 simple ingredients!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce
Servings: 6



  • Combine cranberries, maple syrup and orange juice in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens up to your desired consistency and the cranberries have popped. This will take about 10-15 minutes.
    A saucepan containing whole cranberries. A hand is pouring maple syrup into the saucepan from a small ramekin.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and orange zest. Taste and add more sweetener if needed.
    Cooked cranberries in a saucepan with grated orange zest added on top.
  • Serve immediately or let cool in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.


  • Orange juice: If you don't have orange juice on hand or don't want that added flavor, water works as well.
  • Frozen cranberries: I tested this with frozen cranberries and it definitely works but takes longer for the sauce to thicken! I still preferred the recipe with fresh cranberries but if you only have frozen cranberries on hand, that's just fine! 


Serving: 1/8 of recipee | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g