spiced cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite holiday dishes. I’ll take it any form, even the jellied canned stuff (sans high fructose corn syrup, of course). I like it straight up or flavored with orange, extra sweet or extra tart. But I really love playing with the cranberry flavor by adding spices and this year I also wanted to stick to natural sweeteners, which this recipe does through a combination of fruit and honey, making it a healthy cranberry sauce that everyone will love.

Notes on healing diets:

  • This recipe is AIP friendly, even if you are avoiding seed based spices because both cinnamon and cloves are not from seeds.
  • Because this recipe uses honey, it is SCD legal. However, that also makes it high in FODMAPs. If you need a low-FODMAP cranberry sauce, omit the apples and use maple syrup or cane sugar instead of honey.

Naturally Sweetened Spiced Cranberry Sauce
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10-12 people
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This spiced cranberry sauce is sweetened with a combination of real fruit and honey.
Ingredients
  • 1 12-ounce package of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Zest from one orange, chopped
  • Juice from one orange
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • ¼ cup of honey (or more if you prefer a sweeter sauce)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Simmer over medium-low heat until berries have all popped, the fruit is very soft, and the sauce has thickened (about 30 minutes).
  3. Remove cinnamon stick and serve hot or cold.

 

 

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