Easy Homemade Cranberry Applesauce (with maple syrup)🍎 A bright and delicious applesauce recipe with fresh cranberries lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup, a touch of holiday spice, lemon juice and orange zest.
A few years ago, I was looking for a light side dish to add to our Thanksgiving meal. Something that would contrast nicely with all the fabulous savory and rich 'veganized' traditional foods we love to serve. I always make my simple cranberry orange sauce and cranberry relish, but thought it would be fun to include something new. So I made homemade cranberry applesauce sweetened with maple syrup. Oh my gosh, it's so good!
I absolutely love the combination of tart fresh cranberries intermingled with apples, like in my Old Fashioned Vegan Applesauce Cake. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the two fruits together is by combining cranberries with this yummy homemade applesauce. With a dash of ground cloves, nutmeg & orange zest, it's a perfect fall, Thanksgiving or holiday side dish!
🥕Did you know? Cranberries are one of the only commercial fruits native to North America.
Why this recipe works
- Makes a light, delicious & colorful dessert, side dish or snack
- Very easy to make
- Serve during the holidays or anytime!
- Can be prepared with homemade or store-bought applesauce
- Add or substitute ingredients as needed
With just a few basic ingredients you can have a batch of this easy & delish cranberry applesauce ready to serve in less than 30 minutes!
See the printable recipe card below for quantities and complete details.
- Applesauce - homemade (preferred) or store-bought
- Fresh cranberries
- Maple Syrup - may be substituted with agave nectar, vegan honey, or sugar.
- Nutmeg - ground
- Cloves - ground
- Orange Zest - may substitute with lemon zest
🥕Tip: Adding ground nutmeg and cloves will give the applesauce a wonderful holiday flavor, but can be omitted if you prefer.
- Prepare a batch of easy homemade applesauce, (or use store-bought).
2. Gather other ingredients & rinse cranberries, making sure to remove any stems.
3. Pour maple syrup and water in stovetop pot.
4. Add fresh cranberries.
5. Place over high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Cover pot (to avoid splatters).
6. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low boil and allow cranberries to simmer until the skins pop and berries are soft.
7. When the cranberries are tender, remove from heat and strain off liquid.
8. Add cooked cranberries and spices to applesauce. Stir to combine and enjoy!
🥕 Tip: I love adding whole cranberries to my applesauce, but if you prefer a smoother texture (like the image below), simply purée the cooked cranberries in a blender or food processor together with the applesauce. Pulse until it's a texture you like.
This easy homemade cranberry applesauce is a tasty, light, & healthy snack!
Can I use store-bought applesauce in this recipe?
If you're short on time, you can definitely use store-bought applesauce, but in my opinion, nothing beats homemade.
How long do fresh cranberries last?
Cranberries should remain fresh for up to one month in a refrigerator. Dull or wrinkled looking cranberries are not fresh and should be discarded. You can also freeze them for several months, providing you place them in a freezer as soon as you bring them home from the store. Here is a website with details and tips on safely freezing fresh cranberries.
How should I store cranberry applesauce?
Package applesauce in an airtight container and store refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 3 months. Thaw in a refrigerator before using.
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Easy Homemade Cranberry Applesauce with Maple Syrup
- Thoroughly rinse/drain cranberries
- Pour water, maple syrup and cranberries into a 5 qt. or larger stovetop pot and cover with lid (to prevent splatters).
- Place over med-high heat until liquid is boiling. Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until cranberries pop open and soften.
- Remove from heat. Strain liquid from cranberries.
- Spoon cranberries into applesauce. Stir until combined or if you prefer a smoother sauce, place cranberries and applesauce into into a blender and pulse until puréed.
- Stir in spices and zest (if desired).
- Allow to cool, then transfer into an airtight container. Store refrigerated up to 3 days.
These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended