Healthier Cranberry Sauce (Refined Sugar Free)

  • Author: Shannon Leparski
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side, Thanksgiving
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthier Cranberry Sauce (Refined Sugar Free). Infused with vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest and sweetened with maple syrup, its free of refined sugar.



1 bag (12 ounces) of fresh cranberries

½ cup water

½ cup maple syrup

Zest of 1 orange (choose organic!)

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Rinse the cranberries well and drain any excess water. 

In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, water and maple syrup. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Now you can taste test! Cranberry sauce is a little tart so feel free to add a little more maple syrup if you prefer it sweeter.

As the sauce cools it will continue to thicken. It will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for 1-2 weeks.

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