Easy Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce

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This Paleo Cranberry Sauce comes together quickly and is free of refined sugar and sweetened simply with honey and oranges instead!

Just like Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without stuffing, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without paleo cranberry sauce …in my opinion. Of which, I am occasionally in doubt but never wrong.

While I realize most of you probably already have your Thanksgiving menu ironed out, I'm still throwing this recipe out there for consideration. It's that good!

When I’m menu planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a random mid-August dinner party with a winter holiday theme, cranberry sauce is the last recipe to cross my mind. I’m usually so preoccupied with the larger tasks at hand: don’t burn the bird, casserole, stuffing too, array of desserts, appetizers, theme-appropriate cocktails, something kids will eat, etc. …that the cranberry sauce is forgotten until the last minute.

If you’re like me, worry not. I’ve got your hostess-with-the-mostess hiney covered. The ingredients in this foolproof paleo cranberry sauce are probably already in your house and this deliciousness can be prepared the night before or just 15 minutes before. It’s up to you!

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In addition to this paleo cranberry sauce being lick-the-spoon tasty, it’s actually healthy too! So put those cans of cranberry sauce down. Food shaped like a can is scary.

Whip up this gourmet sauce in no time and move on to enjoying your Thanksgiving.

loaf of easy homemade paleo cranberry sauce

I’ll show you how …

First, you’re going to need a few oranges. Navel, tangerine, other orange … doesn’t matter. Pick what you’ve got or what you like.

Zest one of the oranges. We’re looking to get about 1 Tbl of zest here. Note that if you’re particularly sensitive to bitter flavors, leave the zest out. I happen to love a little bitter bite. I think it balances out the other Thanksgiving flavors fabulously.

orange zest

Cut up about 3 medium sized oranges and one small lemon. Squeeze the juices out of the oranges and lemon until you’ve got ½ cup of juice.

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Add ¼ cup of honey to the orange/lemon juice. Whisk them together until the honey is dissolved.

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Resist the temptation to just drink this straight out of the measuring cup and pour it into a medium pot over medium heat. Cover with a lid and let it simmer on low for just a few minutes.

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Got a good simmer?

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Time to add the fresh cranberries! Pour in 5 cups of the adorable little buggers. Stir them up!

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Cover with the lid again, over medium heat, and let it sit for another 5 minutes. Give the cranberries a stir. It is going to sound like you’re popping popcorn – the cranberries pop when they cook! It’s pretty neat – I think …I’m also easily amused. Sprinkle in a pinch or two of kosher salt.

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Stir and cook for another 5 minutes!

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Throw in the orange zest at the last minute and give it a few more vagarious stirs.

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It should look like this when it’s done!

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If you’re making it the night before, you can pour it into a loaf pan (line with parchment paper if you want to make your life easier).

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Pat it down then put in the fridge overnight.

Pull it out and then flip it onto a platter! You can use a spatula to smooth out the sides into a slice-able loaf.

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It doesn’t have a really thick consistency like the canned stuff,  but it’s easy to pass and share.

Another option is to just pour it into a bowl straight from the pot or from the fridge from the night before.

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Delicious either way.

Happy cooking!




Easy Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce

overhead view of easy homemade paleo cranberry sauce
  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Holiday


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 5 cups raw cranberries
  • 1 Tbl orange zest {from approx. 1 orange}
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh thyme for garnish {optional}


  1. Pour the orange juice, lemon juice, and honey into a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Let simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Add the fresh cranberries, stir, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the orange zest, stir, and either pour in a loaf pan to cool and set in the refrigerator overnight or into a bowl to serve warm.

Keywords: holiday, dairy free, easy, paleo, gluten free


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  1. thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. fedandfit says:

      My pleasure, friend!

  2. Reblogged this on Real Food Pledge and commented:
    This is so lovely that I just had to share it!

    1. fedandfit says:

      Thanks, Caralee!!

    2. You are welcome? I love your recipes & your website. Yours is one of my favourite blogs!

  3. Denise Haley says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!    Just wanted to tell you that I love, love, LOVE  your blog and recipes.   Such fun to read and so well explained.   Thank you, thank you!

    Enjoy your holiday!


    1. fedandfit says:

      You made my day, Denise! Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet comment. Happy belated Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Paleorina says:

    Amazing! I’m going to try this!

    1. fedandfit says:

      Woo! I hope you love it 🙂

  5. Aisha says:

    This looks delicious! Can I use frozen cranberries insead of the fresh ones? will it make a difference? Also can I use maple instead of honey? Thaank you.

    1. Cassy says:

      Absolutely! Both those substitutions will work. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Can I can this recipe? 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Kelly says:

      Hi Stephanie, we haven’t tested it out, but I don’t see why not! If you try it, let us know if it works!

  7. Danger Darth says:

    This is getting served at my Thanksgiving this year. I’m just about to throw it in the fridge now! I sliced an orange and placed the slices around the edge and added some cinnamon sticks while it cooked.

    It tastes so yummy!

    5.0 rating

  8. Jen says:

    This turned out so tart and sour… Definitely not sweet enough. I had to add lots more honey and maple syrup to sweeten. (and my palate is used to eating less sweet things)