Just because there’s no sugar added, doesn’t mean this sauce isn’t sweet + delicious. Using dates and apples instead of refined white sugar (or worse– high fructose corn syrup from the jellied cans), balances the natural acidity of the cranberries in a natural way– and in a much healthier way for your body and blood sugar. With a beautiful color, simple ingredients and 20 minutes from start to finish, store bought sauces might quickly become a thing of your past. Freezes perfectly for use through the whole holiday season!
Makes 6 cups cranberry sauce:
12 cups fresh cranberries (or approx 5 bags)
12 dates, pits removed and chopped
2 sweeter apples (gala or fuji), chopped
3 fresh cinnamon sticks
1.5 cups water
1. In a large soup pot, add cranberries and 1.5 cups water. Turn the heat up and cover the pot until the water starts to boil. Stir berries and turn the heat down to low-medium. Cover and cook for 10 min or so.
2. Add dates apples and cinnamon sticks to the cranberry mixture. Cook until apples are softened through, approx 10-15 mins. Depending on your preferences, leave the sauce as is, or blend with an immersion blender for a smoother texture. If you holiday crowd prefers a sweeter tasting sauce, add a tablespoon or two or raw honey and stir.