• November 9, 2021

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce – Feasting At Home

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce with fresh apple is a bright and healthy addition to your holiday feast!  Easy, fast, and can be made ahead.   Maple-sweetened, and free of refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free!

 

What I love about Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce is that it is the perfect tart balance to rich foods.  Cranberries are super high in antioxidants and support healthy gut flora among so many other benefits!

This sauce is super simple to make.  The maple syrup gives rich flavor and mellows the tart cranberries, fresh orange zest give a bright balance, and fresh apple adds texture and more natural sweetness.

No need to keep it just to holiday meals.  This sauce is a lovely condiment for sandwiches, roasted squash, lentil dishes, scones, waffles…you get the idea!

ingredients in sauce

Ingredients in Cranberry Sauce

washing cranberries

How to make Cranberry Sauce

Step one

Rinse and drain cranberries.

adding maple syrup to cranberries

Step two

Place in pot with maple syrup and just a pinch of salt.

cooking cranberries and maple

Step three

Bring to a simmer over medium heat, until lightly simmering, maple starts to bubble a bit and cranberries begin to pop, about 8 minutes.

It is okay if cranberries are in different stages of breaking down.  Some will be popped, some will still be whole.

dicing apples and orange

Step four

Zest an orange and cut away the peel and cut into small pieces (cranberry sized!).  Dice apple.

adding apple, zest and orange pieces to cranberries

Step five

Add zest, orange pieces and diced apple to cranberries.  It is fine to add in while cranberries are still warm.  The sauce will thicken up as it cools.

Refrigerate until ready to use.  Best if used within 2 days.

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce with fresh apple is a bright and healthy addition to your holiday feast!  Easy, fast, and can be made ahead.   Maple-sweetened, and free of refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free! #cranberrysauce

Variations on Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce

Add one or more of the following:

  • a tablespoon of red wine or bourbon added in to cook with the cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • up to a tablespoon of fresh grated ginger

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce with fresh apple is a bright and healthy addition to your holiday feast!  Easy, fast, and can be made ahead.   Maple-sweetened, and free of refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free! #cranberrysauce

Enjoy!

~Tonia

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Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce with fresh apple is a bright and healthy addition to your holiday feast!  Easy, fast, and can be made ahead.   Maple-sweetened, and free of refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free! #cranberrysauce

Cranberry Sauce Recipe


  • Author:
    Tonia | Feasting at Home

  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    8 minutes

  • Total Time:
    18 minutes

  • Yield:
    3 cups

  • Category:
    Condiment

  • Method:
    Stove Top

  • Cuisine:
    American

  • Diet:
    Vegan

Description

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce with fresh apple is a bright and healthy addition to your holiday feast!  Easy, fast, and can be made ahead.   Maple-sweetened, and free of refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free!


  • 4 cups cranberries,  washed
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 orange, zested, then peeled and cut very small avoiding big parts of the membrane
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a pot, cook cranberries, maple syrup and a pinch of salt over medium heat, until lightly simmering and cranberries begin to pop, about 8 minutes.  It is okay if cranberries are in different stages of breaking down.  Some will be popped, some will still be whole.
  2. Remove cranberries from heat.  Add diced apples, orange zest and chopped orange.  Mix to combine.  It will thicken as it cools.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.

Notes

This will keep 4 days in the fridge.  Best served within 2 days of making.

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