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Delicious Paleo Cranberry Sauce with Orange

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This recipe for paleo cranberry sauce with orange is super easy to make. If you’re a cranberry sauce fan, this AIP cranberry sauce recipe is a great way to add a special touch to your holiday table.

When I was a kid, I absolutely detested cranberry sauce. Actually it was the canned cranberry sauce that I didn’t like.

I thought that there was just one way to have it. Cold and gelatinous, sliced right out of the can. It wasn’t until I become an adult that the wool was pulled from over my eyes. And now, I know that fresh cranberry sauce rather than the canned stuff is the way to go.

This recipe for cranberry orange sauce is so easy to make. I mean, there is no telling how long the canned cranberry sauce has been sitting in the can. If you’re a cranberry sauce lover, you’ll want to make this recipe. Try this healthy homemade cranberry sauce and you’ll never turn back.

Benefits of Making Paleo Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Besides not containing any refined sugar, you’ll appreciate simple ingredients vanilla, cinnamon, fresh cranberries and orange that will compliment your Thanksgiving table nicely. This easy orange sauce recipe would also make a perfect addition to any Christmas Day menu.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it up to 5-7 days before. That’s one less thing you’ll have to do on the day of as you prepare for the holiday season.

cranberry sauce in white bowl and gold spoon

Don’t worry if you don’t get around to it until Thanksgiving Day though, because this healthy cranberry sauce recipe only takes about 10-15 minutes to make.

How’s that for a healthy holiday side dish?

Serving Suggestions for Paleo Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Of course, you’ll want to spoon this cranberry sauce right over your delicious turkey. But, think outside the box and use it in your smoothie recipes, sandwiches and the day after Thanksgiving as a delicious topping over homemade pancakes.

For a tasty culinary twist, this cranberry sauce would also work nicely stirred into this creamy almond porridge.

Tools You Need to Make This Cranberry Sauce

  • citrus juicer
  • small saucepan
  • cranberry sauce serving dish

Ingredients in this Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce

  • whole raw cranberries: You’ll be making homemade cranberry sauce so of course fresh whole cranberries are needed.
    fresh squeezed orange juice: Use fresh orange juice for the best orange flavor.
    cinnamon stick: Warm spices like cinnamon, adds more special holiday flavor.
    raw honey: Add some raw honey to contrast the tart flavor of the cranberries. You can also use pure maple syrup or coconut sugar.
    chopped ginger: The addition of chopped fine ginger adds a little kick and a unique taste.
  • orange zest: Add a touch of brightness to the dish

Directions To Make This Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe
(Full Recipe with Quantities Posted Further Below)

Step 1: Place cranberries in medium saucepan with orange juice, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and orange zest.

Step 2: Stir well and listen for when the cranberries start to pop.

Step 3: After 10-15 minutes the cranberries should be ready.

Step 4: Remove from heat, refrigerate for a least 2 hours before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Over turkey, chicken or spread on your favorite gluten free toast.

How to Store Paleo Cranberry Sauce

Store any leftover cranberry sauce in a resealable container inside the refrigerator for up to five days.

Other Helpful Cranberry Sauce Tips

  • You should definitely use fresh cranberries for this recipe.
  • Rinse and dry the cranberries before use.
  • You will hear the cranberries start to sizzle and then pop.
  • Stir slowly.
  • As the cranberries start to burst, the sauce will get thicker and thicker.
  • Remove from the heat after 10-15 minutes so that the cranberries don’t burn.
  • There should be no whole cranberries left.
  • You can garnish this deliciousness with additional orange zest if desired.

Substitutions for Paleo Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This recipe is so much better using freshly squeezed orange juice. If you don’t have it, just use stored bought orange juice instead.

If you don’t have cinnamon sticks on hand, you could use 1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon, But it’s so much more delicious when you use a cinnamon stick. So promise that you’ll try, OK?

Other Easy Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

Rosemary Sweet Potato with Orange

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Butternut Squash Apple Bisque

Virgin Islands Sweet Potato Stuffing

Healthy Holiday Desserts

Gluten Free Dairy Free Sweet Potato Pie

Orange Christmas Cake

Serve the Cranberry Sauce: Make it Pretty

Serve the Cranberry Sauce: Make it Pretty
The beautiful color of the cranberry sauce should be highlighted. So it serve it up in a white glass bowl for high contrast with petite serving spoons.

Other Benefits of This Recipe:

Vegan cranberry sauce: Just in case you have vegan friends coming over, you’ll be happy to know that this recipe is naturally plant-based.

AIP cranberry sauce: AIP stands for autoimmune protocol. This recipe is naturally AIP friendly because it naturally doesn’t include any grains, nuts, seeds, nightshades, dairy or additives.

Yield: 6

Paleo Cranberry Sauce

Paleo Cranberry Sauce

A zippy recipe for paleo cranberry sauce with orange. So good, you'll never go back to the canned stuff.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 day 1 hour 12 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 17 minutes


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 3 tbsp wild honey (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp ginger finely chopped
  • zest of one orange 


  1. Place cranberries in medium pot with orange juice, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and orange peel on medium-low heat.
  2. Listen for when the cranberries start to pop.
  3. After 10-15 minutes, all the cranberries will be ready.
  4. Remove from heat, let cool and refrigerate or enjoy right away.
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Original November 24, 2014. Updated November 2020, November 2023

  • Comments ( 4 )

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    I’m a big fan of homemade cranberry sauce and usually make it with sugar, but I’ll definitely try your recipe and see how it goes 🙂 Thanks!

    • avatar

      Hope it turned out great. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • avatar
    Jenny Leslie

    I’m trying it this weekend

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      Enjoy mama!

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