Maple Orange Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade cranberry sauce recipe in 20 minutes that is sweet and tangy made with sweet maple syrup, orange and vanilla spices. The perfect additional side dish to a holiday feast!

Easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe

This homemade cranberry sauce is so delicious, takes little time to prepare, and is so much healthier than store bought or canned cranberry relish or sauce. We make this homemade cranberry sauce recipe every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. It is a big hit with the cranberry lovers in our house!

The flavors in this cranberry sauce recipe are slightly tart with hints of sweet orange, vanilla notes, and maple flavors. If you happen to be out of maple syrup, try our maple syrup alternative recipe.

This side dish pairs perfectly with a turkey roast, nutty oven roasted brussels sprouts, gluten-free stuffing, and garlicy mashed potatoes. A must try this holiday season!

What goes into our healthy cranberry sauce

Four simple ingredients are all that is needed to make this simple homemade cranberry sauce recipe. Cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice, and vanilla, plus add a pinch of salt to taste if desired.

How to make homemade cranberry sauce

Use a small pot to simmer the ingredients together and add a the fresh cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup and vanilla. Let it cook on medium high heat to boil slightly then turn the heat down to simmer to get rid of some of the liquid. At this point you will soon start the hear the cranberry’s POP!

After the sauce cooks, set and cool for a bit. As the sauce sets it will start to become thicker and more gelatin-like. After it cools mash it a bit with a meat tenderizer or a potato masher to thicken it and smooth the chunks. Either serve this cranberry sauce recipe by transferring it with a slotted spoon (to remove extra fluid) to a serving bowl or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How to serve cranberry sauce

  • Y’all, this homemade cranberry sauce served over crackers, like these paleo / keto crackers, either plain or with brie cheese and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary to garnish is absolutely a phenomenal appetizer or snack! What a great dish to serve for a holiday happy hour with family and friends!
  • Enjoy this cranberry recipe at your holiday feast mixed with bites of turkey.
  • Use leftovers and add the sauce to leftover turkey salad sandwiches.
  • Serve at your holiday feast with a turkey roast, brussels sprouts gratin, oven roasted brussels sprouts, gluten-free stuffing, creamy corn, and garlicy mashed potatoes.
  • Cranberry Smoothie Bowls – buy extra cranberries and enjoy in this sweet and satisfying smoothie!
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Bars – use any leftovers in these bars!
  • Orange Cranberry Oat Cakes
  • Spicy Cranberry Corn Salsa Turkey Bowl – a lovely twist using cranberry sauce mixed with corn and hot spices.

I promise you are going to love this and once you try how amazing homemade cranberry sauce is, you will never want to buy store-bought again!

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