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Orange Cranberry Sauce

Orange Cranberry Sauce. There is no need for canned cranberry sauce, especially when you can make it in less than fifteen minutes and with 3 simple ingredients! This delicious, healthy cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened naturally with orange juice and maple syrup. It is completely gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Capri Lilly


  • 12 oz Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 4 tbsp Maple Syrup, plus more if desired
  • 2 tsp Orange Zest


  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (or 2 cinnamon sticks)
  • 1/4 tsp Ground allspice


  • Add the orange juice, cranberries, and maple syrup (and any optional add-ins) to a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the saucepan to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer the cranberries for 10 minutes, or until most of the cranberries have burst.
  • Finally, mix in the orange zest and remove the cranberry sauce from the heat. Taste, and adjust as desired: adding more maple syrup to cut any bitterness. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve & Enjoy!


Store any leftover cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 131kcal