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Low Sugar, Natural Cranberry Relish

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration time: 4 hours
Servings: 8 1/4C servings
Calories: 50kcal
This five ingredient cranberry sauce is as fresh as can be, with no white sugar. Don't save it just for Thanksgiving! It's delicious with weeknight chicken!
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  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • orange zest
  • ½ cup water


  • Rinse cranberries and discard any spoiled ones.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, water and maple syrup. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened. (5-7 minutes.)
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in orange zest. (If desired, add cinnamon.)
  • Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Pour into a decorative bowl, cover, and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.


Honey or agave nectar can be used in place of maple syrup.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg