Recipe: Healthier Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I grew up eating can shaped jellied cranberry sauce every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s clear why many of us choose to continue eating this version. It’s sweetness and texture is like eating ultra sweet jelly with a slight hint of cranberry flavor. Another factor that’s possibly even more powerful is the nostalgic feeling and fond memories of childhood holidays that always included canned cranberry sauce.

Prominently on the ingredient list is sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. About a year ago I quit serving food to my family that had the last two ingredients. A quick search online will reveal why it’s not kind to our body to keep ingesting this stuff.

I have been making homemade cranberry sauce for at least 10 years or more. However, I had been using plain white sugar. In the last year, I have been eliminating white sugar from our diet. It’s not totally gone, but I’ve made great strides!

Here’s how I did it this year:

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


1 Cup Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
1 Cup Water or Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
One 12 ounce Bag of Cranberries (preferably organic)


Thoroughly rinse the cranberries of any debris
Add the sugar and water (or juice) in a medium sauce pan
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes
Add the cranberries and simmer until the cranberries begin to pop (the absolute coolest thing!!)
Remove from heat, place in a beautiful serving bowl and let cool
Once cooled place in the fridge until ready to use
*It’s best to make this the day before you plan to eat it.

I don’t know if it was just that I was pleased with myself for not using white sugar or if the substitution really made a difference, but these cranberries tasted like the best I’d ever made. I even bought another package so I could make them again!!

I had a small bowl of Trader Joe’s French Vanilla ice cream with a spoonful of the cranberry sauce the night I made it. So GOOD! I’ve been eating the left over cranberry sauce in my oatmeal and on my toast (a spoonful at a time).

Coconut palm sugar has a glycemic rating of 35 and refined white sugar has a rating somewhere between 58-68.

If you like this recipe you may also like my Almond Cookie Recipe! Happy and Mindful Eating Y’all!

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