This stunning Apple Cranberry Sauce has a hint of crisp, clean apple flavor and is naturally-sweetened with apple cider and maple syrup. It's my favorite twist on traditional cranberry sauce and is an easy, make-ahead side dish!
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: apple cranberry sauce, easy cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce, make-ahead cranberry sauce, naturally-sweetened cranberry sauce, traditional thanksgiving sides
Author: Whitney Reist | Sweet Cayenne
1(12-ounce)package fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked through
1largeMacintosh apple, peeled, cored and diced (about 1 cup)
1wholecinnamon stick (optional)
Combine the cranberries, apple, cider, maple syrup, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer over low heat, and cook until almost all of the cranberries have burst and the mixture is thickened.
Remove from heat and let cool; the mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
Remove the cinnamon stick and transfer the cranberry sauce to a serving dish or to a container for storing in the refrigerator.
Cranberries will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Make it diabetic-friendly: use sugar-free maple syrup and dilute ½ the apple cider with water.
Nutrition information based on 8 servings (3 tablespoons is a serving):