Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce only requires 6 ingredients, is ready in 15 minutes and is naturally sweetened! Orange juice and zest gives it a nice citrus kick, and cinnamon and nutmeg provide that warm spice that is perfect for a holiday side dish.

Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I have a hard time even calling this a recipe, because it is THAT simple! Cranberry sauce really is one of the easiest traditional Thanksgiving dishes, in my opinion. I have never understood why someone would buy the weird jellied, overly sweet, canned version. That stuff grosses me out, is it even real cranberries? Who knows…

Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce was always a staple at our Thanksgiving dinner growing up. It is my grandpa’s all-time favorite side dish, so my grandma always made sure he had some every year. Her recipe is a little bit different than mine because it calls for copious amounts of white sugar.

Copious amounts…

This recipe is naturally sweetened with honey (you could also use pure maple syrup!), it has fresh orange juice and orange zest for that nice citrus kick, and a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg for the warm spice that we all want for the holidays.

It’s so simple… just dump all of the ingredients into a pot, stir, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. And BOOM, cranberry sauce that actually looks like sauce, not shaped like a can.

And after the big Thanksgiving dinner, you can get creative with your cranberry sauce with those leftovers! You can eat it on a turkey sandwich (duh), on top of oatmeal, in a yogurt bowl, on a sweet potato, on top of pancakes, at the list goes on!

Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce


  • 16 oz whole cranberries
  • cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • zest from 1 orange
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Give it a stir to evenly combine, then let the mixture come to a low boil.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down to low, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir every few minutes to prevent the honey from burning.
  • The cranberries will start to burst, and the sauce will thicken as it simmers.
  • Remove from the heat, and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

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