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The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is healthier with maple syrup instead of refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It's made delicious with orange juice and zest, vanilla, and cinnamon!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, paleo
Author: Brittany Davis


  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 orange zested and juiced
  • 1/4 Cup maple syrup
  • 3 Cups cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Add the water, orange juice, and maple syrup to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the cranberries, cinnamon, and salt to the pan. Let it return to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the cranberries simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the orange zest and vanilla. Cook for another 2 minutes.