Homemade Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Holiday season means great food, and what is better than easy homemade cranberry sauce. Today’s recipe is simple and based on cranberries, oranges, and dried cherries.  Don’t have an orange but you have a tangerine? That would work as well.  My recipe is sugar-free with a wonderful sweetness based on applesauce and orange juice,  My sister can’t eat cinnamon and my family often comes up ways to add taste without cinnamon. Love cinnamon like me? Drop in a cinnamon stick; be sure to remove it after cooking.  This is one of those dishes you can make 3 or 4 days before your dinner and stick in the back of the refrigerator until it’s needed. Personally I like eating fresh cranberries as much as possible when they’re in season.


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This simple sauce is packed full of anti-inflammatory foods like oranges, cranberries and cherries.  Cherries are little powerhouses fighting inflammation. Most diseases like arthritis and heart disease are inflammatory conditions.  We all know how healthy citrus fruit is plus I love the taste of fresh oranges.  The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure. And the best part, a half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories.  You can use this sauce with all kinds of meats and chicken besides a holiday turkey.


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Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce

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  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup fruit-juice sweetened dried cherries
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)


Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce - Bring to boil and then simmer 20 minutes with lid on pot




  1. Combine all ingredients in saucepan
  2. Bring to boil
  3. Reduce heat to simmer
  4. Stir and cover
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes or until cranberries break apart
  6. Stir occasionally
  7. Sauce will thicken as it cools
  8. Serve warm or cold
  9. Store in refrigerator


Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce





Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce goes well with all kinds of entrees




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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

19 thoughts to “Homemade Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce”

  1. oh my this sounds delicious, I really must pin this recipe and try it with my turkey. I love cranberry sauce but the addition of cherries sounds delightful.

  2. I LOVE homemade cranberry sauce and make it every Thanksgiving! Your recipe has some added goodness! Thanks!

  3. I do love cinnamon and use it whenever I can. I go through a lot of cinnamon sticks in the winter which reminds me, time to heat up some cider from Ski Hi and hope I have a stick left. My sister makes a cranberry dish like this and I love it.

  4. Your Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce sounds so delicious, Carol, and I love that it is lower in refined sugars. Scheduled to share on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page tomorrow. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  5. Sounds yummy!! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 5 for Thanksgiving Recipes. Shared. I’d like to invite you to also link up at my Short Story Link Party. It is a creative writing exercise for fun and without a lot of editing. Just start typing and see what you come up with! Remember, no story is too short! See the party on my site for the current prompt, closes on the 22nd.

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