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Delicious Paleo Cranberry Sauce with Orange

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This recipe for paleo cranberry sauce with orange is so easy to make, that there’s no reason to mess with the canned stuff. I mean, there is no telling how long the cranberry sauce has been sitting in the can. If you’re a cranberry sauce lover, then once you have tried homemade cranberry sauce you will never turn back.

When I was a kid, I absolutely detested cranberry sauce. Actually, 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 homemade cranberry sauce rather than the canned stuff is the only way to go.

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

Benefits of Making Paleo Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Besides not having any refined sugar, you’ll appreciate flavors like vanilla, cinnamon and orange that compliment your Thanksgiving turkey dinner nicely. Make this orange cranberry sauce up to 5-7 days before. That’s one less thing you have to do on Thanksgiving Day or whenever you plan to serve it.

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 pancakes.

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

How to Store Paleo Cranberry Sauce

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

How to Make Paleo Cranberry Sauce

(Full Recipe for Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Quantities Posted Below)

  • You should definitely use fresh cranberries for this recipe.
  • Rinse the cranberries before use.
  • Place the cranberries, fresh juice of orange, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and cinnamon in a pot.
  • Boil on medium heat.
  • 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.
  • 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

Gluten Free Dairy Free Sweet Potato Pie

Serve the Cranberry Sauce: Make it Pretty

The beautiful color of the cranberry sauce should be highlighted in this dish. So make it pretty by serving in a white bowl for contrast. Having beautiful spoons to go along side don’t hurt either.

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!

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    Jenny Leslie

    I’m trying it this weekend

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      Enjoy mama!

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