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  • Liz Hoobchaak

Honey-Sweetened Orange Cranberry Sauce

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

Serving Size: 10-12 side portions

Are you starting to plan your thanksgiving menu? I’ve got you covered with some great healthy side dishes that are tasty and sure to please everyone at your table!

This recipe is much cleaner than traditional cranberry sauces which are usually loaded with sugar to hide the tart flavor. It is also quick and easy, less than 20 minutes to throw together and requires only a few ingredients.

The combination of orange, raspberry, honey and cinnamon makes this cranberry sauce a sweet and tangy delicious side dish that is perfect for your holiday meal.

This recipe is naturally paleo, Whole30 complaint, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and AIP, GAPS and SCD diet friendly. You can also substitute maple syrup for the honey to make this a vegan recipe.


2 pound of fresh cranberries

1 cup of frozen raspberries

1/2 cup honey

1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice*

1 tsp grated orange zest

3 cinnamon sticks

Optional garnish: ground cinnamon, nutmeg or additional orange zest.

*While fresh squeezed will add more depth of flavor to this recipe, store bought orange juice can be used. However, ensure that it is free of added sugar.


  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat on the stove.

2. Let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. You may hear a popping sound,

that is normal and means the cranberries are softening and getting nice an juicy.

3. Remove the cinnamon sticks. With a fork or potato masher, you can help break down

the cranberries further to your desired thickness. If you prefer a smooth cranberry

sauce, you have the option of putting the mixture into the blender.

4. Pour into your serving bowl, garnish with some additional orange zest and enjoy!

This sauce will last for several days in the fridge so can be made ahead of time.

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