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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Sauce


OMG it’s the holiday season! All the basic people unite! I joke, I joke. The holidays are for everyone. Who doesn’t love sipping on some eggnog, listening to seasonal Spotify playlists, and being cozied up in a comfy sweater? Even me, the summertime enthusiast, gets excited for this time of year.

Holidays also mean getting to spend time with all the important people in your life, and of course that comes with holiday traditions. I am so lucky and thankful to have my family close by and that my parents always made it a priority to make the trip down south to see our relatives every year. It’s the time where we can all be together and just do nothing (cheers to that!). Being that my extended family are from the South means we take our holiday meals pretty darn seriously! Eating paleo while enjoying Southern cuisine is not easy… that’s where I come in. Challenge accepted, ya’ll (did that sound natural on me?!).

I have some awesome holiday recipes I’m excited to share with you. First up is my fresh cranberry sauce. Yes, this is simple to make, but it traditionally involves a ton of sugar. Not today! I also put a little spin on the traditional sauce and snuck in some whole cranberries.

You can eat this on it’s own, with turkey, with your leftover Thanksgiving sandwich (a la Friends, shout out to all those that know this episode! “MY SANDWHICH!”).  Snap a pic and tag me in it @flavors_of_fresh on Instagram to share how you ate yours.



Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe:


Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes (plus about 1 hour to cool)

Makes 5-7 servings


  • 4 Cups, Fresh Cranberries

  • 1 Cup, Orange Juice

  • ½ Cup, Water

  • ½ Cup, Raw Honey

  • Orange Zest (from one orange)

  • 1 Teaspoon, Cinnamon


  • Combine orange juice, water, honey, cinnamon and orange zest in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  • Add in almost all the cranberries, leaving about a handful for later, reduce heat to medium-low for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add in the last handful of cranberries and let them cook down for another 5 minutes (you should still have whole, softened cranberries by the end).

  • Remove from heat and let the sauce come to room temperature. The sauce will thicken during this time.

  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.