I cannot believe Thanksgiving is here! Time is absolutely flying by. It's been a month since I've updated this site. Bad, bad blogger. So many ideas to share with you and so little time to write! I digress, back to Thanksgiving. I couldn't let Thanksgiving come and go without sharing this delicious and healthy version of cranberry sauce with you.
I didn't grow up in a family that ate cranberry sauce. It wasn't until my sister and I were married and our husbands missed having it that cranberry sauce made it onto our Thanksgiving menu. I say menu, not table, because one of us would buy it, bring it to dinner and then it would sit forgotten on the counter. Let's just say a can-shaped blob of red goo is pretty forgettable when there is a spread of amazing home cooked sides on the table.
Fast forward a few years to when I was searching Paleo recipe sites for healthy holiday sides. I came across a recipe for cranberry and black cherry sauce that actually looked and sounded good. As soon as I tried it I finally understood why people liked cranberry sauce! No jiggly preservative filled blob on our table. This is the real deal. A little tart, a little sweet; it is the perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey-or any dinner for that matter! The best part (other than how ridiculously easy it is!) is that it is made of fresh ingredients and the sugar content is completely in your control. I modified the original recipe to fit our family's tastes and I think you will love it just as much as we do! It is so easy that after making it a time or two you won't even need the recipe! Just toss it all together and cook it down until it looks "right". Pretty easy.
Our family is on the smaller side and we still have a few cranberry haters in the group so I make a small amount of sauce. You can easily make this for a crowd (or cranberry loving family) by simply using the full bag of cranberries and cherries. I use half of each and toss the leftovers in the freezer to use later. Adjust the amount of juice to fit your texture preferences, I like mine a little on the thick side with more texture so 1/2 cup is perfect for me. You may use up to 3/4 cup for a slightly thinner sauce. This recipe is so easy to make your own! Enjoy!
Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
6 ounces fresh cranberries (half a bag)
6 ounces frozen black cherries
1/2 cup orange juice
1-2 tablespoons honey (local, organic if you can get it!)
Bring cranberries, cherries and juice to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit has started to soften and break down and the sauce begins to thicken.
Add honey to taste. Remove from heat if you like a thicker sauce or continue cooking for 5 more minutes to achieve a smoother, thinner consistency.
Serve at room temperature.
Can be stored in the refrigerator up to one week.
Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!