This Paleo Orange Cranberry Sauce could not be easier to make! It is gluten free, refined sugar free, and dairy free. Perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays!

Growing up, my mom always made homemade cranberry sauce every Thanksgiving. It’s one of those things that just makes the bite complete – turkey + mashed potatoes + stuffing + cranberry sauce. And how good is it on a sandwich with all of the leftover turkey?! SO GOOD. I love the combination of oranges and cranberries, and thought it would be fun to make a refined sugar-free version for the holidays.

Making homemade paleo orange cranberry sauce might sound daunting, but it’s actually quite simple! You just bring the cranberries to a boil until they pop, then let them simmer for about 10 minutes. You can stir in a few whole cranberries when there is 1-2 minutes of cook time remaining to have a chunkier sauce. Or, alternatively you can just stir until it has like a jelly-like consistency. The addition of fresh squeeze orange juice, coconut sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon gives this cranberry sauce a fun twist!


Looking for other healthy & paleo Thanksgiving recipes? Check out my Whole30 Mashed Potatoes, Keto Green Bean Casserole, Cauliflower Stuffing, and Sweet Potato Casserole!

Ok, let’s get cookin’!

Paleo Orange Cranberry Sauce

An easy and delicious Paleo Orange Cranberry Sauce recipe - perfect for Thanksgiving!
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  • 1 12 oz package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan and stir. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce to medium low.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, stiring occasionally, until all of the cranberries have popped. Remove cinnamon stick. Let the cranberry sauce cool, then serve. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy!


For a chunkier cranberry sauce, reserve 1/4 cup cranberries and add them in when there are 1-2 minutes of cooking time left. 


Calories: 86kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 46IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg