Paleo Cranberry Sauce

This Paleo Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free. Orange zest and warm spices give this cranberry sauce incredible flavor, and it’s done in 15 minutes.

This Paleo Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free. Orange zest and warm spices give this cranberry sauce incredible flavor, and it's done in 15 minutes.Are you a cranberry sauce fan on Thanksgiving? Cranberry sauce fans tend to be a pretty decisive group, and in my house at least, it’s always the same people scooping cranberry sauce onto their plates year after year.

Those who like cranberry sauce on their Thanksgiving plates also tend to be divided within themselves, favoring either fresh, chunky cranberry sauce, or the ridged stuff from the can. Which camp do you fall into? Personally, I’m all about the fresh stuff. I like my cranberry sauce tart, lightly sweetened, chunky, and full of flavor.

This Paleo Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free. Orange zest and warm spices give this cranberry sauce incredible flavor, and it's done in 15 minutes.I don’t go all in on the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, though. I usually just take a little bit, and use it here and there to accent some bites. It’s not my favorite part of the meal, but it’s so quick and easy to make that I always try to take 15 minutes to whip a quick batch together for our table, especially being in the “fresh cranberry sauce all the way” camp. I don’t want our table to end up with the canned stuff on it. There’s something a little too odd to me about cranberry sauce in a can shape. I just can’t get down with it, especially when it’s so easy to make it yourself.

Can shape aside, you can also add so much more flavor to cranberry sauce that you make at home than comes packed inside those cans, and you can control all the sugar content. Like a sweeter cranberry sauce? Add a bit more maple syrup. Like it more tart? Scale it down. Want more cinnamon? Give it as a taste and adjust as necessary.

When you’re making cranberry sauce in your kitchen, it’s all in your control and you can make it just how you like it. This year’s version is my kitchen is definitely one of my favorites. In the past, I’ve used granulated or brown sugar, but this year I decided to make this cranberry sauce refined sugar free by sweetening with maple syrup.

This Paleo Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free. Orange zest and warm spices give this cranberry sauce incredible flavor, and it's done in 15 minutes.I used just a 1/2 cup of maple syrup, but I found the cranberry sauce to be plenty sweet for my tastes – though I do prefer a more tart cranberry sauce. You can always add in more maple as necessary. Orange zest and juice help brighten up the recipe, but the spices are what really shine. I love fall spices so much, and the warmth they give this recipe is incredible! If you like the spices to be a bit more mild, start with using half the recommended amounts and scale up as desired.

This paleo cranberry sauce recipe will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table! Be sure to snatch up the leftovers too, because I have some delicious recipes coming at you to use your leftover cranberry sauce. Enjoy!

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce
 
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Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
Directions
  1. Empty cranberries into a saucepan. Add maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, and spices to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 5 more minutes. If you like your cranberry sauce very chunky, remove from heat now. If you like a smoother sauce, cook down over medium heat for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely before serving.
  2. Can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week.
This Paleo Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free. Orange zest and warm spices give this cranberry sauce incredible flavor, and it's done in 15 minutes.

Comments

  1. What a great idea sweetening the cranberries with maple syrup! A little maple flavor and sweetness all in one! Sounds fabulous!
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  2. Martha in KS says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I always add ground ginger to cranberries, but never thought to add other fall spices. I’ll be trying this on Wednesday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I’m so-so with cranberry sauce. It’s not my favorite, but I will eat it. I definitely prefer the homemade version, though. This paleo sauce looks absolutely gorgeous, Rachel! I have a feeling I would eat this on just about everything!
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  4. Ooh, this recipe looks fab, Rachel. Cranberry sauce is the best. <3
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  5. Oh I just love that you used maple syrup in this! Such a great idea!
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  6. Omg, that stuff in the can? So gross, I just can’t. Even looking at it freaks me out. lol This fresh and fabulous cranberry sauce is totally where it is at! LOVING the addition of maple and orange in here – SO YUM! Pinned! Cheers! <3
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  7. I wish my mom would use maple syrup in hers. I love that flavor anywhere, and in cranberry sauce it would be amazing. This looks so delicious!
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  8. I am with you – cranberry sauce has always been one of those take it or leave it kind of dishes, however, when dressed up with exciting flavors like you have here – I’m all in!
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  9. I love cranberry on meat — the sweet/tart flavor pairs so well! But I’m the kind of person that likes a little bit of sweet with everything so… Lol. This looks so vibrant and I bet it tastes just as good!
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  10. When it comes to cranberry sauce, homemade is always best! I love that you sweetened this with maple syrup to make it healthier! It sounds absolutely perfect with the orange zest and spices!
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  11. I’m in the homemade cranberry sauce only camp, but many of my family members prefer the canned jellied stuff. I say more homemade for me! I love maple syrup, so using it in cranberry sauce sounds SO good — this I need to try!
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  12. I love, love, love cranberry sauce! Homemade, chunky and tart. There’s no other way for me and if it’s decent I slather it on everything, from turkey to pancakes ;) I make mine pretty much the way you do, but I have NEVER thought of adding spices! What a wonderful idea, I have some left in the fridge and will try it tomorrow!
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  13. I definitely enjoy it but only if it’s the homemade kind!! Love all the spices you have in this version! Happy Thanksgiving Rachel!!
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  14. I’ve never been a big cranberry sauce fan, but I think I can get behind this one. I just love the cranberry orange combo!
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  15. Yes! The can shaped cranberry sauce with the little ridges is pretty creepy. I am so glad you did this recipe with maple syrup! I had been wondering how it would taste and I bet with those fall spices it is amazing!
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  16. Loving the idea of cranberry sauce without any refined sugar. I am always shocked by how much sugar cranberry sauce recipes call for. This recipe looks great!
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  17. You’re totally convincing me to try some homemade cranberry sauce! Love that you sweetened it with maple syrup too, such a great idea!
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  18. Cranberry sauce is my FAVORITE on Thanksgiving! I like to dip everything on my plate in it, because it’s just that awesome. ;) I totally can’t wait to give your paleo version a try!
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  19. oh I am SO making this on Thanksgiving! This was exactly the recipe I was looking for- can’t wait to try it out!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving. I’m sure you had a tasty one!

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