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Skip the jiggly can-shaped stuff and make your own homemade cranberry sauce.

It’s not Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce! This homemade version is tangy and bright thanks to fresh squeezed OJ, warm spices, and just a bit of maple syrup.

Not a fan of the jellied cranberry sauce? Us either! Not only is it one-note and too sweet, it’s often filled with high fructose corn syrup.

Fortunately, all you need is six ingredients and only about five minutes of hands-on time to make your own homemade cranberry sauce. Best of all, you can (and should) prep it a day or so in advance, so you can spend the holiday focused on other dishes!

It’s really easy to prep this homemade cranberry sauce. Start with fresh cranberries, and give them a good rinse. Be sure to remove any mushy ones before adding to a small lidded pot along with fresh squeezed orange juice, ginger, nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick. Pro tip: No cinnamon stick? Just add in a teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead.

Cover the pot and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the cranberries start to burst and get a little saucy. At this point, you can add the maple syrup and cook until the sauce thickens a bit.

Let your homemade cranberry sauce cool thoroughly, then remove the cinnamon stick and store in the fridge until it’s time to serve. Enjoy alongside turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas, or keep some on hand to stir into Paleo yogurt, slather over Paleo pancakes, or even freeze it into ice cubes for a holiday punch!

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  • Serves: 8
  • Meal: Anytime
  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
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  • 12 oz fresh cranberries, rinsed

  • 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

  • 1/4 tsp ginger

  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Place all ingredients (except the maple syrup) in a lidded quart pot. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in the maple syrup and cook for about 3 more minutes, or until the cranberry sauce thickens.

  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool, then discard the cinnamon stick. Chill until ready to serve.

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