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Cranberry sauce in glass dish with two cinnamon sticks

Healthy Cranberry Sauce That Kids Love

The BEST cranberry sauce is one that is made with cranberries (of course, ha!), doesn't have too much added sugar... AND is one that kids love! This healthy cranberry sauce is it!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Recipes, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people (quarter cup servings)
Calories 44 kcal


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple 1 large apple, or approximately 1½ cups chopped sweet apple
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  • Peel, core, and chop up the apple.
  • Add chopped apple and water to a medium sauce pan.
  • Cook apple for about 7 minutes, until softened.
  • Add cinnamon and stir to combine.
  • Add cranberries to apples and continue to cook.
  • Once cranberries start to pop, mash cranberries and apples using a food masher.
  • Add orange juice and cook for an additional ~2 minutes.
  • Add brown sugar. Stir to combine. Cook for an additional ~ 2 minutes, or until brown sugar has been dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of orange zest and one additional tablespoon of brown sugar, depending on preference.


Honeycrisp apple can be substituted with a different sweet apple. 
Kids love leftover cranberry sauce served by itself, with crackers or pretzels, or as a side dish with dinner. 
Fresh cranberries can be frozen in a resealable freezer-safe bag to be used later. If using frozen cranberries, cook time will be a little longer.


Calories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cranberry sauce, easy, healthy, kids
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