Cranberry Apple Sauce

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 12 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 7 ingredients

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to whip up and so delicious to eat. In this recipe apples are used as a natural sweetener, while orange zest, ginger, and nutmeg round it out for...


  • 2 (12 ounce) bags of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 cups about 3 medium Golden Delicious apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups 100% apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest
  • 3 teaspoons ginger, freshly ground
  • 3 tablespoon honey, or to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons nutmeg, freshly ground

Nutrition Facts


89 cals


0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


23 g


15 g


4 g


0 g


5 mg


  1. In a medium saucepan cook the cranberries, chopped apples, apple juice, orange zest, and ginger over medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Once the cranberries start to pop, stir in the honey and nutmeg. Stir occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Chill until ready to serve.

Chef Tips

Since the apples here are used to sweeten the sauce instead of sugar, use a sweet apple like Golden Delicious, Fuji or Gala. Avoid tarter varieties like Granny Smiths or Braeburns.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our Registered Dietitian Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the  Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed.,  published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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