This healthy vegan cranberry sauce is made from just four ingredients. Only 15 minutes to prepare and cook, then chill until ready to use. Easily made refined sugar-free!
Did you know it's ridiculously easy to make wholesome, delicious cranberry sauce from scratch? Because it is! There's no need to buy prepared cranberry sauce ever again.
With just a sauce pan and 4 ingredients, you can impress your family and friends with this healthy cranberry sauce. Plus, the slice of orange peel simmering away in there smells heavenly.
If you want to make this completely free from refined sugar, you'll actually only need 3 ingredients! Simply omit the 2 tablespoons of sugar or replace it with maple syrup.
In our house we really enjoy it more on the tart side, so I often omit the sugar and leave the maple syrup at ⅓ cup.
This recipe makes just a little over 1 ½ cups of cranberry sauce, so you may even want to double or triple it!
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Vegan Cranberry Sauce
- 1 large orange
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- ⅓ cup maple syrup *See Notes for sweetener options depending on end use.
- 2 tablespoons sugar, optional Can omit, or add 1 to 2 Tbsp more maple syrup.
- Place a 2-inch slice of orange peel and the juice from the orange in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the cranberries, maple syrup, and sugar, and bring to a low boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer. Stirring occasionally, cook until cranberries burst and the liquid thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes (takes a little longer if beginning with frozen berries). Refrigerate until completely chilled.
Choice of sweetenerIf you're making this cranberry sauce for use in my Cranberry Cream Pie recipe, which is sweetened with sugar, feel free to sub sugar for the maple syrup in this recipe, and increase the amount to ½ cup. Either way you choose to sweeten the cranberry sauce is fine. It just depends on whether you want a hint of maple in the finished pie.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
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