Festive Cran-Apple Sauce

Can you believe there are only 3 days until Christmas?! Insane! Where does the time fly? Hopefully you have your presents wrapped, baking complete, and a plan for dinner (whether you are hosting a Christmas feast or going to someone else’s home). But just in case you aren’t quite sure about every single dish on your holiday menu, I thought I would share this easy recipe for Festive Cran-Apple Sauce.


I’m undecided on whether this is more of a cranberry sauce or an applesauce. It seems to fall somewhere in between the two. Orange juice adds a hint of citrus, with a little brown sugar to cut the tang from the cranberries. It is super simple to make, only takes 4 ingredients (that you probably already have on hand), and trumps any ol’ can of cranberry sauce any day!


While I’ve only had the chance to serve it with roast chicken, it would also be excellent along side your holiday turkey or ham, or a pork roast. But you don’t have to stop there – serve it along side some brie and whole grain crackers for a lovely appetizer.


Yeah, I know, that’s a scone. I didn’t have any crackers, so I had to improvise. At least I had the brie!

And if you have any leftovers, it makes and excellent topping for plain Greek yogurt or your morning bowl of oatmeal.


Have I convinced you to add some Festive Cran-Apple Sauce to your holiday menu yet? Come on, you know you want to…


Festive Cran-Apple Sauce

makes approximately 2 cups

Forget about canned cranberry sauce this holiday season – this homemade cran-apple sauce with a hint of citrus takes no time to make, and will have you wondering why you haven’t made your own sauce before. Not only does it pair well with roast turkey and pork, but it’s versatile enough for appetizers and breakfasts as well.


  • 2 1/2 cups chopped apples (I used 3 small ambrosia apples)
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • juice of one large navel orange
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, until the cranberries have burst and the apples are soft. It will still be a little chunky.

Notes: While I did not peel my apples, you can do so if you will. It will give you a smoother product without the apple peels.


Cranberry sauce – canned or homemade? Discuss!

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Categories: Christmas, Festive, Fruit, Gluten Free, Holiday Meals, Recipe, Sauces, Vegan, Vegetarian


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3 Comments on “Festive Cran-Apple Sauce”

  1. December 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Can you believe I’ve never made cranberry sauce? For shame . . . 😛


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