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Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

I like this naturally sweetened cranberry sauce to be a little tart, my husband prefers it to be sweet! The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple and easy to make to your liking! Don’t forget to make it ahead of time, as it will need time to chill.



Prep Time: 1 minute Cook Time: 10-15 minutes Serves : approximately 4 cups


  • 4 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of honey or maple syrup (add an extra 1/2 cup if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • zest of two medium oranges
  • *optional 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Remember, all of these ingredient can be varied to your prefered taste, Just be careful of adding too much liquid, since you want the cranberry sauce to thicken nicely!


  1. Rinse all the cranberries, drain off the water & pick out any bad berries.
  2. Add cranberries, honey or syrup and orange juice to a medium saucepan.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil on medium  high heat, then reduce heat to low and continue cooking for about 5-10 minutes, or until the berries have popped and the mixture thickens.
  4. Remove the pot form heat and strain in the orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Taste and see how you like it! Add orange zest, cinnamon or honey if needed.


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  • Pam says:

    With Thanksgiving being just next week, this post was perfect!! Now I don’t usually like the traditional cranberry that gets laid out on the table for Thanksgiving, but this… THIS I can definitely work with! Thank you!

  • Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog says:

    I love the idea of using honey or maple syrup to sweeten cranberries. All of that granulated sugar makes my head spin… I feel guilty adding scoop after scoop!

    Also love the addition of orange juice. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • AnnaAngenend says:

      Yes! I feel so much better about putting a heaping spoonful on my daughters plate, and I even try to limit the honey. Enjoy! ❤️

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