Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

THANKSGIVING IS COMING! THANKSGIVING IS COMING!  Holy crap that snuck up on me!  Is it really next week?  Where on earth have I been this past month!?  A veggie coma perhaps?

Your blogland Thanksgiving recipe bombardment is surely reaching it’s peak right about now, but would you mind terribly if I add something super easy to the mix?  It won’t take up the prime real estate that is your oven space…  It won’t even require the stove-top or the microwave.  Just grab your crockpot and the ingredients below and walk. a. way.

#Crockpot Cranberry Sauce!

Cran-Apple Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

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Crockpot Cranberry Sauce
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Hello easiest recipe of life! Save on oven and stove top space by making this delicious holiday staple in the slow cooker!
Recipe type: side dish, sauce
Serves: 2 heaping cups
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 large honeycrisp apple, diced [around 2.5 cups - skin optional]
  • 1 medium orange [enough for ½ tsp of zest + ¼ cup of juice]
  • 3 TBSP honey [plus a smidge more, to taste]
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a teeny pinch of salt
  1. Grate the zest from your orange until you have about ½ teaspoon of zest, then slice and squeeze out ¼ cup of juice.
  2. Add your zest and juice along with all the above ingredients into your slow cooker, cover, and cook for 2 hours on high or 3-4 hours on low.
  3. I made a point to stir it every so often, if only for the mere excuse of licking the the spoon and filling the house with the smell of amazing cinnamon apple cranberry deliciousness.

#Crockpot Cranberry Sauce!

no crockpot? no problem!
Clear some space and whip this up on the stove top!  Add the ingredients from above to a small-medium saucepan and cook on medium heat, covered.  Stir often to prevent sticking and use a fork or wooden spoon to help smoosh the berries as they start to heat up!  You can even crank up the temperature a teeny bit more to help the sauce along, just babysit it if you do, stirring at frequent intervals.  Super simple! =)


#Crockpot Cranberry Sauce!
so… how was it?
Best cranberry sauce of my life!  I kept the sweet stuff to a minimum because I adore a little bit of crisp, refreshing tartness to offset the sweetness.  Feel free to heavy hand the honey if your sweet tooth runneth over, but totally try it with less first!  You might surprise yourself =)  Ooh!  And for those of you that are team sketchilly delicious can-o-cranberry sauce jelly, I was absolutely in your shoes for the last 27 years of my life.  Sorry, 28!  I keep knocking off that last year for some strange reason…  Anyways!  I ditched the can and couldn’t be happier.  Join me! <3

Ohmygosh! And if you manage to squirrel away any leftover cranberry sauce, you totally have to make this:

Though if you’re like me, you need to make a second batch of crockpot cran sauce so you have enough.  Ok a third.  I heart it so.

So the about that Thanksgiving bombardment I mentioned earlier…

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
 Creamy Tomato Soup with Baked Mozzarella BallsCarrot Coconut MuffinsVegetarian Loaded Baked Potato SoupCurry Cranberry Caulilfower Quinoa and SquashCauliflower Soup with PestoCrockpot Potato Apple Brie SoupApple Cinnamon Banana-Nut Streusel MuffinsCreamy Cranberry SpreadSavory Pumpkin Basil Cheesecake Spread



  1. says

    hubs requested the jiggly one in the can…but that one looks so much better and why is it all the Thanksgiving food really reflects the colors we associate with the holiday- or is it the otherway around? Funny, huh. Happy weekend!

  2. says

    Mmm, that cranberry sauce looks amazing! I also am loving the sound of those Carrot Coconut Muffins!
    I am probably most excited to face-plant into some decadent desserts… I’m really hoping for some carrot cake, it’s my fav!! :)

  3. says

    Hi Jen, was just directed here by a friend. Your site is wonderful! Gave you a mention over at mine….. we were in search of egg substitutes. Gonna try your flax suggestion next time I bake, thanks!

  4. jeri says

    I don’t usually make a pasta dish for Thanksgiving, because really is that necessary? But this year I received a special request for good old Southern style mac and cheese, and I’ve promised. But I am definitely going to make your cauliflower/brussels sprouts for my decadent cheesey Christmas dish. I don’t know if I can actually wait a month, so I may have to do a practice-run. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. says

    Oh man! My mom already had to have an intervention with me where she said that I can’t make EVERYTHING for Thanksgiving (since she’s hosting, after all), but I really want to add this to my list of things I’m bringing!

  6. says

    I’ve never been a huge cranberry sauce fan…and now I know why. It’s because I’ve never made this! I have to try this.
    As for me, I’m most looking forward to my husband’s mashed potatoes and my own roasted brussels sprouts. My mom makes the best turkey, but it’s all about the sides for me.

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