This cranberry orange sauce is totally honey (or maple) sweetened, loaded with orange flavor and is quick and easy to prepare! Perfect for the holidays. Naturally paleo, grain-free, dairy-free and with a vegan option. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a how-to recipe video.
This is probably the easiest recipe I’ll ever post. You mix together cranberries, honey, orange juice and zest and cook it for 10-15 minutes. That’s it.
If you need convincing to make this, go check out the reviews in the comments! I first posted this recipe years ago and it’s been a big hit.
Mr. Texanerin and I visited my family in Texas a few years ago for Thanksgiving. I was so outrageously excited for my German to experience his first American holiday that I planned everything out months in advance.
I emailed people their “jobs” in June (I swear I wasn’t annoying about it! ;)) and I decided that the guy who had never done Thanksgiving before got to make the easiest recipe. Seriously. Have someone who’s totally unable to cook in your family? Let ’em make this!
Or this French apple cake, which is also incredibly simple (but delicious!). This gluten-free apple crisp would also be a great option. And by the way, there’s no weird flours in there! Just oats and ground up oats.
Before Mr. T made this cranberry sauce with orange juice, my family had never had homemade cranberry sauce. I don’t think we knew how to make cranberry sauce or just how easy it is.
It was like that stuff that you had to have, just because it was Thanksgiving, but nobody really wanted. That’s because the canned stuff is just gross. Gloppy and way too sweet.
This homemade cranberry sauce is far from gloppy and is just sweet enough! At Thanksgiving dinner, everyone pretty much freaked out at how good it was and they all swore to never buy canned cranberry sauce again. My aunt even went and bought more cranberries the day after Thanksgiving so we could make more.
This naturally sweetened cranberry sauce is honey sweetened but you could also use regular granulated sugar if you prefer. That makes the recipe vegan! You can’t taste the honey here – it’s all cranberry and oranges!
You can make this orange cranberry sauce several days in advance and then that’s one less thing you have to worry about for Thanksgiving. Awesome, right?!
I don’t have kids but if yours want to help contribute something to Thanksgiving dinner, I think this cranberry orange sauce would be a great recipe for kids to make (under supervision, of course!). It’s so ridiculously quick and easy and they can feel super proud of themselves.
Mr. T was kind of the star of the day with his homemade cranberry sauce. It’s that good.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try this whole berry cranberry sauce from Amanda’s Cookin’!
I think that’s about it for me and Thanksgiving side dishes. Next week, I’ll start in on the most important element of any holiday meal – dessert!
Need something to drink? Try this Thanksgiving punch!
Cranberry Orange Sauce (naturally paleo with vegan option)
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- Yield: 2 cups
- 1 cup (240ml) orange juice
- 1/2 cup (160 grams) honey or for a vegan version, use 3/4 (150 grams) granulated sugar or 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) maple syrup1
- 2 tablespoons orange zest (from about 2 oranges)
- 1 12-ounce package (340 grams) fresh cranberries
- Over medium heat, dissolve the honey or granulated sugar in the orange juice. add orange zest. Add the cranberries and cook, uncovered, until most of the berries have popped and the sauce has thickened a bit (it'll continue to thicken as it cools, which takes about 15-20 minutes). It takes about 10 – 15 minutes of simmering. I don't bother stirring, but you can if you like.
- Pour the cooled sauce in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.