Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice – Tangy, sweet and bursting with antioxidants, this Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice Recipe is not only a festive holiday condiment, it’s also incredibly healthy!
If you’re anything like me, then Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner just wouldn’t be complete without cranberry sauce on the table. Ready to learn more? Keep reading!
Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice
Cranberry sauce is a holiday tradition! Whether for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you’ll likely find a bowl of this popular side dish on most holiday tables. And whether you are into clean eating or not, when it comes to cranberry sauce, homemade is definitely the way to go.
While cranberry sauce is a popular holiday dish, most people consider cranberry sauce to be an easy dish to cut corners on when spending all day in the kitchen cooking. Because of this, the vast majority of cranberry sauces served are dumped out of a can. While canned cranberry sauce includes few ingredients, among these ingredients are high fructose corn syrup. This is used to counteract the tart flavor of cranberries. I agree that you absolutely do need a sweetener for tasty cranberry sauce. However, there’s absolutely no need for refined and inflammatory sugars like high fructose corn syrup to make this dish delicious.
Not only does our Homemade Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice taste far superior to the canned jellied version, it can be made every bit as sweet without using any refined sugar! Our Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice is sweetened with all natural sweeteners, including orange juice, white raisins, dates and raw honey. There truly is no reason for refined sugar when you have natural sweetener options like these.
How to Make Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice
This truly is the best recipe for cranberry sauce, offering both health benefits, and unbeatable flavor! And while this may look and taste like a fancy cranberry sauce recipe, it’s really not difficult at all!
Here are all of the main ingredients you’ll need to whip up this Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice Recipe:
Fresh Cranberries: An obvious first ingredient, fresh cranberries are the base of this recipe. If you’re use to eating canned cranberry sauce and haver never had fresh cranberries before, you’re in for a treat! Fresh cranberries offer a totally different flavor than dried, or canned versions. We promise, you’ll never want to go back!
Fresh Pear: Another fruit used in this recipe for both texture and flavor is a pear! An unusual yet tasty addition that helps to give this fancy cranberry sauce recipe it’s unique flavor, this is one ingredient you definitely do not want to skip out on.
Orange Juice, White Raisins, Honey, and Dates: These four ingredients are the main natural sweeteners in this recipe. All great sources of nutrients, these sweeteners are far superior options. Especially compared refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup like used in most cranberry sauce recipes.
Orange Zest: For an extra boost of fresh orange flavor, freshly grated orange zest may seem like a small part of this recipe, but it packs a major flavor punch!
Freshly Minced Ginger: With a spicy flavor, and incredible anti-inflammatory benefits, ginger adds both flavor, and health benefits to this recipe! A tiny bit goes a long way, with this recipe calling for only 2 teaspoons. Cranberry sauce with ginger really is the perfect combo!
Dry Red Wine: Enhancing the flavors in our Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice Recipe, dry red wine helps contribute moisture for the texture of the recipe, and compliments the flavors of our other ingredients.
Benefits of Cranberries
Like mentioned above, cranberry sauce is more than just a delicious and traditional holiday treat. When made with clean ingredients, it’s actually full of health benefits! Cranberries are full of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins, including quercetin, vitamin c, copper, manganese, and much more!
While there’s too many benefits to list in this one post, here are just a few of the ways cranberries can be beneficial! Cranberries have been studied to….
- Provide Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Among the fruits and vegetables richest in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, cranberries rank right up at the top of the list! Looking to reduce inflammation? Add more cranberries into your diet.
- Help Prevent and Treat UTI’s: While consuming cranberries should never be substituted for medical attention, these tiny berries have long been studied for their ability to help prevent, and treat UTI’s. This is because they contain A-type proanthocyanidins, which discourages the bacteria often associated with UTI’s from sticking to the bladder. Cranberries are so well-known for this benefit, that many people often take cranberry extract as a way to ward off chronic UTI’s.
- Aid in Gut Health: High in fiber, cranberries have been studied to promote good gut health, as well as aid in regularity!
My Top 5 Uses for Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice:
While our Homemade Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice can be served alone as a side dish, it is also delicious used in many other ways! Here are just a few of our favorite ways to use this Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice Recipe.
Pancake Topping: Cranberry sauce makes a delicious alternative to syrup. Gluten free Banana Pancakes on Christmas morning never tasted so good.
Cranberry Crostini Appetizer: If you already have the cranberry sauce made, this makes one of the easiest last-minute holiday appetizers ever. Simply spread toasted gluten free bread squares with a decadent dairy-free cheese made from nuts. Then, add a spoonful of homemade cranberry sauce! Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.
Baked Potato Topping. One of my favorite holiday lunches is a baked potato with homemade sour cream and cranberry sauce. The combo sounds strange, I know. But it is seriously SO good.
Open Faced Sandwich. You can’t beat sauteed kale, leftover turkey and homemade cranberry sauce piled on top of toasted whole grain, gluten free bread.
Potato Latke Topping. Another unusual but unbeatable combo, cranberry sauce on Potato Latkes is a must-try.
Ready to try this Recipe for Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice that is sure to blow your guests away? Here are all the details for the best recipe for cranberry sauce!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Tangy, sweet and bursting with antioxidants, this Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice Recipe is a healthy, festive holiday condiment!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour + 15 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 large pear peeled, cored and sliced in half
- 6 pitted organic pitted dates
- 3/4 cup dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup white raisins
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- Extra virgin olive oil, enough to brush pears, and coat the bottom of a saucepan
- Position rack in center of oven; preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the pear halves on parchment-lined baking sheets, brush with olive oil and roast until tender, about 40 minutes *see notes. Remove pears from oven and set aside to cool.
- Chop pears into small pieces when cool enough to handle.
- In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add cranberries, orange zest and ginger.
- Stir until cranberries begin to burst, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add wine, orange juice, white raisins, honey, and salt; simmer until mixture is reduced, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the roasted chopped pears.
- Transfer 1/4 of the mixture to a high-speed blender, and add the dates. Process until dates are pureed.
- Transfer the pureed date-mixture back to the saucepan and stir to combine.
- Serve cranberry sauce warm, or chilled. Enjoy!
*In a rush? Instead of roasted the pears, simply dice, and pan fry until soft, and slightly crisp. This should take only 5-10 minutes.
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