Cran-Apple Sauce recipe. A delicious homemade cranberry sauce made with spices, lemon juice, and apples!

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I love this Cran-Apple sauce. It’s basically cranberry sauce made with apples, lemon juice, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon.

It tastes delightful and smells amazing while cooking.

It’s a great healthy way to change things up this Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Note: this recipe was originally posted in November of 2016, and has been updated and reposted November 2020.

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I like making my cranberry sauce at home because then I know that there are no added chemicals, refined sugar, or preservatives inside, which is nice.

This Cran-Apple Sauce tastes like homemade cranberry sauce upon first taste… sour, tangy and delicious. 

But it has a wonderful apple aftertaste that is reminiscent of warm homemade applesauce, which adds a really nice sweet dimension to it.

Ingredients need to make this Cran-Apple Sauce

  • cranberries
  • apple
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • water
  • honey
  • maple syrup

A note about the sweetener:

If you want, you can use only honey or only maple syrup here, just make sure to have a total of 1/2 cup of sweetener.

I personally like using both honey and maple syrup because I like the resulting flavor.

You can also use less sweetener if you want this cran-apple sauce to be less sweet, but since cranberries are so tart, I find 1/2 cup to be the perfect sweet balance here.

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How to make this cranberry sauce with apples

Making this cran-apple sauce is really easy.

You literally put all of the ingredients into a pan, and heat over medium high until it boils.

Then you lower the heat to medium-low and cook until all of the cranberries have popped and the apples have soften, which is about 15-20 minutes.

You do need to mix this sauce every so often, so it’s important to keep an eye on it.

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How to serve this cranberry apple sauce:

I like serving this cran-apple sauce as a side dish for a Thanksgiving or holiday type meal.

My personal holiday meal menu includes:

  1. Roast Chicken with Apples and Potatoes
  2. Paleo Sausage Apple and Chestnut Stuffing
  3. Bone Broth Gravy
  4. Whole30 Mashed Potatoes
  5. Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole
  6. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also LOVE adding this cran-apple sauce on top of cooked salmon. Honestly, you should try it it’s great.

A delicious homemade cranberry sauce made with spices, lemon juice, and apples!

Cran-Apple Sauce (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large apple peeled and diced, I used a Granny Smith Apple

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan, mix, and heat over medium-high heat until the mixture boils.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15-20 minutes, mixing every so often, until all the cranberries have burst and the apples are fork tender.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cran-apple sauce
Author: Dominique Fasano | Perchance To Cook