This delicious naturally sweetened cranberry sauce is sweetened using natural ingredients like applesauce and orange juice and has 2/3 less added sugar than most recipes.Ok, guys. Let’s buckle up. It’s game time.
What’s your game plan? Your lineup?
No, no, no. Not that game. It’s time to get your plan in order for Thanksgiving!
Don’t fret. If you’re in a pickle about what to serve up, I’ll be sharing some of my fav Thanksgiving recipes with you over the next week. Like this naturally sweetened cranberry sauce you can learn how to make by watching my video below!
One of my favorite Thanksgiving sides is homemade cranberry sauce. Which is kind of funny because I usually don’t eat turkey on Thanksgiving. But in case you were not aware, cranberry sauce is SUPERB on TOFURKEY.
Everyone keeps asking me if I’m going to eat turkey this year since my recent “coming out” as a flexible eater. And I’m like chill duuuuudes. Imma do me and you do you. Yeah, I’m going to try it but I cant guarantee I’m going to like it. I may have a Field Roast’s Celebration Roast on hand just in case. Because that would be REALLY SAD if I didn’t have anything to put my cran sauce on! Although let’s be real, I eat this shiz by the spoonful. Ok so this is a cranberry sauce that has less added sugar than most recipes. About 2/3 less. But I make up for the sweetness with ingredients like applesauce and orange juice. But here’s the deal. I’m not one of those anti-sugar, sugar is the devil people. Sugar, or glucose, is our brain’s primary source of fuel! So, please, please don’t feel guilt or shame around your cran sauce this Thanksgiving or ANY Thanksgiving dish for that matter. Enjoy your freaking holiday that comes ONCE A YEAR! I love this recipe because you get the bright citrus from the orange juice and the warming spices from the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. I’ve been enjoying the leftover cranberry sauce stirred into my morning oatmeal with some nuts and seeds! YUM.
Happy (almost!) Thanksgiving ya’ll!Print
- 1 12-oz bag cranberries (approx. 4 cups)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup agave syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Add cranberries, applesauce, orange juice and agave to a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to simmer and add cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
- Let simmer for approximately 10-12 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Are you ready for game day? Will cranberry sauce be on the menu?
This post was originally published November 2014 and has recently been updated to give you better and more beautiful content!
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I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.