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A sprig of rosemary in a bowl of healthy cranberry sauce.
Course Side Dish

Healthy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

By: Elysia
Servings 16 servings (2 tablespoons per serving)
This healthy cranberry sauce recipe made with orange juice and cinnamon is a healthier way to add flavour to your turkey and fixings. With its ruby red hue, it makes a beautiful festive addition to any holiday meal! {Gluten-free & dairy-free}
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey (or to taste)
  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper (or to taste)


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together orange juice and honey until the honey dissolves.
  • Add cranberries and cook for about 10 minutes, until the berries start to pop, then reduce heat, and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Mash the cranberries with the back of a wooden spoon to achieve a jam-like consistency. Stir in the orange zest and cinnamon until combined. Add about a 1/4 cup of water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  • Remove cranberry sauce from heat and season with salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.


  •  Before making the cranberry sauce, rinse the cranberries well and drain any excess water. Discard any cranberries that may be on the squishier side.
  • Be careful that you don’t cook the cranberries over too high heat, as the cranberries will start to pop and splatter hot liquid, which could result in a burn (and mess in the kitchen).
  • Most of the cranberries naturally burst while cooking, but you can mash all of the cranberries with a wooden spoon, potato masher or fork. I typically like to leave a few whole for some added texture.
  • If you want a thicker cranberry sauce, continue cooking the cranberries over low heat until desired consistency is achieved. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken more as it cools. If you prefer a thinner cranberry sauce, add about a quarter cup of water to thin it out.
  • Adjust the flavours to taste. Taste the cranberry sauce once it's cooked. If you want it sweeter, add more honey. If you want it more zesty, add more orange zest. If you want more warmth, add more cinnamon. If you want to enhance the overall flavour, add more salt and pepper. 
  • This recipe makes about 2 cups of cranberry sauce. The nutritional information is based on using about 2 tablespoons per serving. 


Calories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 37mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
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