Homemade Citrus Cranberry Sauce

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Cranberry sauce comes to dinner once a year to star next to the big juicy Thanksgiving turkey and piping hot gravy. This year, why not whip up a dish of your own tasty cranberry sauce — without the mound of refined sugar most recipes call for!

Fresh-squeezed orange juice and zest tone down the natural tartness of cranberries while applesauce and maple syrup offer smooth, sweet notes to this Thanksgiving staple.

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Homemade Citrus Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 2 cups; 16 servings of 2 Tbsp. each


12 ounces fresh cranberries
1 Tbsp. zest of 1 whole orange
1/3 cup juice of 1 orange
¼ cup organic applesauce
¼ cup organic maple syrup
2 Tbsp. water


  1. Add cranberries to a small sauce pan.
  2. Zest and juice orange and add to pan along with applesauce and maple syrup.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil (cranberries will start to pop). Reduce heat a simmer then stir and cover.
  4. Simmer about 20 minutes or until most of the cranberries are broken apart. Stir occasionally. (Sauce will thicken as it cools.)
  5. Serve warm or make ahead 2-3 days before serving. Store refrigerated in sealed glass container.

Nutritional stats: 63 cals; 0g fat; 15g carbs, 3g fiber, 11g sugar, 0g protein