Orange + Honey Cranberry Sauce

As promised, here is my second Thanksgiving post for the week, Orange + Honey Cranberry Sauce. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Packs with Lemon Butter Sauce, so make sure to click over for that! (Update: It’s there now, just click the link!) It might be my fave of the three. 

Some dishes prove hard to paleo-fy but this cranberry sauce was a breeze. It’s fantastic and has so much more flavor than any other cranberry sauce I’ve had before. While removing the refined sugar from it, I also wanted to add a bit more depth in the flavors as well. It would have been pretty easy so just dump a bunch of sweetener into the cranberries and call it a day, but I wasn’t looking for a syrup-y sweet cranberry sauce. So yes, there is a definite tartness to this recipe, but c’mon, it’s cranberry sauce! It’s supposed to taste like cranberries. And guess what? Cranberries are tart. 

With that being said, it still had a definite sweetness to it but you’re also going to pick up citrus notes from the orange as well as some of the apple.

Now I have a secret optional ingredient to offer you that is going to make this sauce out of this world. Amaretto. It’s really going to take it up a notch. If you want to give it a try just add in about a 1/4C. of it with the other liquids and let it simmer down with the rest of the ingredients. And as an added bonus if your family is making you crazy, feel free to tuck into a corner of the house and take a shot of it. I won’t tell anyone. Talk about a win -win! 😉

I hope you love it and it makes an appearance at your Thanksgiving table this year. And again, no one is going to know it’s “paleo” or any different from what you’ve made in the years past. And you will probably want to double this recipe if you are cooking for more than 4 people. Change amounts accordingly!

Orange + Honey Cranberry Sauce from the Whole Smiths. Amazing flavors and sweetened with just honey! Paleo friendly and a MUST have at any Thanksgiving.


Orange + Honey Cranberry Sauce

A refined sugar free cranberry sauce sweetened with honey and natural juices.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: Paleo
Servings: 4
Author: the whole smiths


  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 C. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 C. 100% apple cider no other ingredients!
  • 1/4 C. amaretto optional
  • 2/3 C. honey
  • pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • zest of one orange


  • In a medium sized pot, combine juices and honey on medium low heat
  • Once honey is dissolved, add cranberries, pinch of pumpkin pie spice and orange zest
  • Bring pot to a boil
  • Once cranberries come to a boil, lower heat to medium low and continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes until desired consistency is reached
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