Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this fresh homemade apple cranberry sauce recipe! This homemade cranberry sauce is packed with flavor and is paleo and naturally gluten free.

Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this homemade apple cranberry sauce with orange and ginger! It's packed with flavor and is paleo and naturally gluten free. #apple #cranberry #sauce #orange #ginger #recipe #healthy #thanksgiving #sidedish #homemade

Cranberry sauce is a must on any Thanksgiving menu! I like my cranberry sauce thick, flavorful and slightly sweet. Homemade apple cranberry sauce is our favorite. This recipe includes fresh orange and ginger to make it even better. The healthy cranberry sauce is paleo and naturally gluten free. It also includes a small amount of honey for natural sweetness. Make this cranberry sauce recipe once and it will quickly turn into a family favorite.

How to make apple cranberry sauce

To make this easy apple cranberry sauce, combine fresh cranberries, apples, honey, fresh ginger, ground cinnamon, the zest and juice from an orange and balsamic vinegar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and cook for 18 to 20 minutes or until the fruit is tender and the liquid thickens.

Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this homemade apple cranberry sauce with orange and ginger! It's packed with flavor and is paleo and naturally gluten free. #apple #cranberry #sauce #orange #ginger #recipe #healthy #paleo

How do you make the best homemade cranberry sauce?

The best cranberry sauce starts with fresh cranberries. Simmer the cranberries on a stove with other high quality ingredients like cinnamon, honey and citrus zest.

How do you make cranberry sauce with apples?

To make apple cranberry sauce, add chopped apples to a medium sauce pan with the fresh cranberries. Simmer over medium-low heat with honey, fresh ginger, cinnamon, orange juice, orange zest and balsamic vinegar. The combination of flavors creates the best apple cranberry sauce.

How do you sweeten cranberry sauce?

You can sweeten cranberry sauce with any sweetener. We like to use natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, but you can also use granulated or brown sugar, depending on your taste preference. Use a small amount of honey for a paleo cranberry sauce.

Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this homemade apple cranberry sauce with orange and ginger! It's packed with flavor and is paleo and naturally gluten free. #apple #cranberry #sauce #orange #ginger #recipe

Can cranberry sauce be frozen?

Yes, homemade cranberry sauce can be frozen. Store the cranberry sauce in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

What do you eat cranberry sauce with?

Cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving day menu. We love enjoying cranberry sauce throughout the year with our favorite dinner recipes.

Recipes to eat with cranberry sauce

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Apple Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 
Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this homemade apple cranberry sauce with orange and ginger! It's packed with flavor and is paleo and naturally gluten free.
Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this homemade apple cranberry sauce with orange and ginger! It's packed with flavor and is paleo and naturally gluten free. #apple #cranberry #sauce #orange #ginger #recipe #healthy #thanksgiving #sidedish #homemade
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • zest and juice from one orange
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.

  2. Cook over medium-low heat for 18 to 20 minutes, until the fruit is tender and the liquid has thickened. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve chilled or at room temperature. 

Recipe Video

Notes

  • You can make the cranberry sauce a day or two in advance, store in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature just prior to serving.
  • You can omit the ginger, if desired, but it won't be as flavorful.
  • Freeze the cranberry sauce in a freezer safe container for up to three months. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 153, Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 3.7mg, Potassium: 145mg, Carbohydrates: 41g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 33g, Protein: 0.5g, Vitamin A: 70%, Vitamin C: 15.8%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 0.5%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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23 comments on “Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Cranberry and apples are 2 of my favorite flavors! Then on top of it, you brought orange and ginger into the mix, holy cow. I made this recipe for our family dinner on Thanksgiving and it was a hit! I had to double the ingredients tho, our family likes leftovers for a few days.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving without the ginger since I didn’t have it and we loved it!

  3. I made this dish yesterday to be served today at Thanksgiving (2014). It turned out great. I ended up doubling the honey because it initially seemed too tart; I believe it was because of the cranberries I used and not the recipe. Overall, an outstanding dish!

  4. Made this tonight for tomorrow’s thanksgiving meal. Good thing I made a lot because I couldn’t stop eating it. So good!! I probably only put about 1/3 of the honey called for in the recipe and added about 1/2 cup if frozen pineapples too and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe and happy thanksgiving!!

  5. Would i be able to make this and keep stored in jars? Would it be fine as long as the jars are airtight? Wanting to try this recipe for a Christmas market in November.

    • Hi, Lisa! You can certainly use this sauce for canning. But, if you are only going to keep them in an airtight container I would store them in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

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