This whole30 and paleo orange cranberry sauce is exactly what you need on your thanksgiving table. The combination of orange, maple, cinnamon and cranberries makes this cranberry sauce tart but yet so sweet. It is the perfect side to meet all of your holiday needs. With this side dish only taking 10 minutes to prep it is not only a delicious clean thanksgiving recipe, but it is easy and quick!
What You Need for this Whole30 Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries- Cranberries are known for being one of nature’s superfoods! They are loaded with antioxidants. While they typically aren’t eaten alone because of their tart flavor, they pair super well with anything sweet. In this recipe I like to use fresh cranberries.
Oranges- The natural sugars from the oranges naturally cut the tart flavor of the cranberries.
Maple syrup- Since cranberries natural flavor is pretty tart it is important to pair that tart flavor with something sweet, this is where the maple syrup comes into play! However, if you are following the whole30 you can omit the maple syrup and use the dates and orange juice alone.
Dates- The dates add an additional layer of sweet to these muffins. Dates are naturally whole30 compliant and one of my favorite ways to sweeten whole30 dishes.
Cinnamon- Adds a nice layer of warmth to this recipe.
How To Make Refined Sugar Free Paleo Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving
The main thing I love about this recipe aside from the taste of course is how easy it is. You do not have to worry about adding in those tiring extra steps on Thanksgiving morning. This recipe is clear and to the point
First things first, you want to soak the dates in boiling hot water for 10 minutes. This will allow the dates to be a lot softer and easier to dice up.
Next, you want to zest the oranges. This will add the additional flavor to this paleo orange cranberry sauce. Then, you will cut the orange in half and juice it by squeezing it with our hands.
Now, you should add all other ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat for 12 minutes. It is important for the refined sugar free cranberry sauce to be continuously mixed or it could burn on the bottom. So mix it up!
Once the cranberry sauce is cooked, I like to garnish it with additional orange zest to make it pretty.
What to Pair With This Thanksgiving Side Dish
This dish was inspired by my finance, Mitchell. He had been asking for Thanksgiving bowl-like dishes for his lunch for weeks! I made this sauce with those bowls in mind, but obviously it is the most perfect paleo and whole30 side dish. Stay tuned for my go-to thanksgiving bowl recipe that I know you are going to love it! Think green beans, mashed potatoes, and crispy easy chicken. They are that good. I like to store this whole30 and paleo side dish in my go to glass containers.
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If you love this recipe, you will LOVE:
Paleo & Whole30 Orange Cranberry Sauce
- large saucepan
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 whole oranges zested and juiced.
- 1/2 cup maple syrup Make sure it is pure maple syrup. Omit for whole30.
- 8 whole dates Soaked in hot/ boiling water.
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
OPTIONAL: to garnish
- orange zest
- Place the dates in boiling hot water for 10 minutes.
- Wash the cranberries and add them to the saucepan.
- Zest the oranges, then cut them in half and squeeze to juice. Add the zest and juice to the pan.
- Add the maple syrup and filtered water.
- Now, cut the dates in half, remove the pit and dice up finely. Now add them to the sauce pan.
- Bring the saucepan to medium heat and cook for 12 minutes. Mix the cranberry sauce with a metal spoon throughout (it will stain wood.)
- Now, after the 12 minutes is up remove from the pan and add the addition orange zest on top if desired.
- ENJOY! If you make this recipe I would love it if you shared the link to this recipe with a friend, left a comment below or tagged me on instagram with a picture @alliannaskitchen