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Apple Cranberry Sauce

This Apple Cranberry Sauce is bursting with mouth-watering flavors and has the perfect balance of sweet & tart. Your taste buds won't even know what hit 'em. This recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make and is worlds healthier & tastier than store-bought varieties.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Holiday, Oil-free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 105kcal


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large apple , peeled & diced
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or agave
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, add orange juice, water, and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add cranberries and bring to a low boil. Stir occasionally.
  • Cranberries will start to pop open. When most of them have popped, add the apples, maple syrup & cinnamon. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until sauce has thickened up. Taste for sweetness and add more as needed.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a serving bowl and keep chilled in the fridge. Enjoy!


* Feel free to add more or less sweetness to suit your taste. If you need more sweetness, add a teaspoon at a time until desired taste is achieved. If you prefer, you can swap out the brown sugar for all maple syrup.
*If you don't want the extra zing in this recipe, you can use apple cider or filtered water instead of orange juice. If you'd like extra zing, add a teaspoon of fresh orange zest to the popping cranberries.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.3mg