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Naturally Sweetened Healthy Cranberry Sauce

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.

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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.
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Naturally Sweetened Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 10-12 people 1x


This spiced cranberry sauce is sweetened with a combination of real fruit and honey.

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  • 1 12-ounce package of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Zest from one orange, chopped
  • Juice from one orange
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of honey (or more if you prefer a sweeter sauce)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves


  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.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: American



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