Homemade Cranberry Sauce is a healthy recipe that has hints of pineapple and citrus. It has no sugar and is optionally sweetened with honey.
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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

A homemade alternative to store-bought cranberry sauce with delicious hints of pineapple and orange to complement the flavor!
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Katie Wells


  • 24 oz fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice or orange juice
  • ½ cup no sugar added applesauce
  • ½ cup water
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • 3-4 TBSP  honey or to taste optional


  • Put cranberries, pineapple juice, applesauce and water in a sauce pan and and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to medium heat and stir constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes).
  • Reduce to a simmer and add the juice and zest to the cranberry mixture.
  • Simmer 10-15 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Cool completely and store in fridge at least 4 hours but preferably overnight before serving.


This is not as sweet as store-bought versions! Taste at the end of cooking. It is naturally sweet from the fruit juice and applesauce but you can add more honey or stevia to taste if needed.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 14.9g