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Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple is a healthier recipe perfect for your Thanksgiving feast! This delicious cranberry sauce recipe is easy to make and so flavorful!
Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple - naturally sweetened and paleo!

Last week, my mom and I were sitting in a Sri Lankan restaurant planning Thanksgiving dinner, and I was being a bit of a pill.  She’s nodding her head right now, like “yes, yes you were.”

While I was mowing through some peanut sauce-drenched spring rolls and suggesting we go to Sri Lankan food for Thanksgiving instead of cooking, she was all, “let’s make homemade cranberry sauce.”

And I was all, “no, that’s stupid.” It’s a good thing my mother has unconditional love for me.

Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple - naturally sweetened and paleo!

But then I got to thinking.

I really do love cranberry sauce. I could eat it by itself, and I see absolutely nothing wrong with having leftovers for adding to my oatmeal.

Tell me we’re making homemade cranberry sauce, and I’ll tell you what I’m eating on my oatmeal. It’s cranberry sauce.

Me, being the refined sugar-averse person that I am, decided to try my hand at a naturally sweetened cranberry sauce.

So I decided upon using pure maple syrup instead of sugar. And doing more thinking, I was all, “ginger and cardamom would be %^&$-ing awesome (said in an Australian accent) in cranberry sauce, so I’m going to go ahead and do that too.”

Do you see where this is going? It’s going in the direction of Holy Flip Me Upside Down and Sauce Me cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple - naturally sweetened and paleo!

All I did was put all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook them. Nothing complicated.

If you’re worried about this sauce taking up too much of your time, don’t. Set a timer and go to the grocery store while it’s cooking. That’s what I did.

Do note that the sauce will thicken after it sits in the refrigerator (and become more flavorful!), so I suggest this as a make-ahead Thanksgiving item. Hence the reason for giving this recipe to you on Monday instead of Thursday. Make it. Ahead of time.

We already know I have a deep-seeded hatred for 7-Up salad, which we are not making this year (thank the law). So what are we having for Thanksgiving besides this cranberry sauce?

We are making Maple Orange Mashed Potatoes from Alexis (who I apparently have a monster lady crush on, because I seem to be making a lot of her recipes lately), balsamic roasted root vegetables, some form of biscuit-y type thing, stuffing – which my mom pointed out needs to be “bread” stuffing, at which point I smirked, “as opposed to quinoa stuffing?” and she nodded and kept talking about the bread stuffing.

And later, like a real champ, I pinterested “quinoa stuffing” to see if it’s a thing, and it totally is. Tail between legs. Love you, mom – and a kick ass turkey, of course.

I don’t even want to think about dessert. But if I did want to think about dessert, I’d be making Stephie’s Streusel-Topped Sweet Potato Pie. Love me that streusel!

That’s what we’re doing. How about you? You have your cranberry sauce base covered, what else are you going to make?  Hopefully you’ve thought this through over Sri Lankan food.

Let this be a lesson in humility. Let this be a lesson to always, always make homemade cranberry sauce for all your holiday events. 😉

Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple - naturally sweetened and paleo!

Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple

Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple is an easy and healthy condiment for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
2 cups


  • 2 10- ounce bags frozen cranberries
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1-1/4 cups water


  • Add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to a full boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a gentle boil and allow the sauce to cook, uncovered until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  • Allow sauce to cool before transferring it to large jars or a Tupperware container.
  • Store in the refrigerator, or freeze for later use.
  • Eat it on your turkey for Thanksgiving or put it in your oatmeal!


Serving: 1grams
Course: Side Dishes & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberries, cranberry sauce, pure maple syrup, thanksgiving
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Julia
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Thursday 8th of May 2014

Jе remarque de suite que vous connaissez très bieո le thème

Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

Wednesday 27th of November 2013

You have a way of making me feel like I am right there with you! These pictures top it off. This looks gorgeous and so delicious!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Can I come to your place for Turkey Day? Your menu sounds delish. I love that this cranberry sauce is sweetened with maple syrup. Brilliant. Enjoy T-Day.

Reba- Not So Perfect Life

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

I bought a pound of fresh cranberry's this morning and was looking for a low sugar recipe. Thanks. I hope my boyfriend loves this as much as his momm'a recipe. Maybe I will not tell him that I didn't follow her recipe.....

Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

Monday 25th of November 2013

This looks beautiful, and I bet it tastes delicious. Do you use it as an alternative to jelly? I would love to put this on a piece of toast or a croissant.

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