Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Pears

Coconut Palm Sugar Cranberry Sauce

source: Kim Lutz

Oh how I love the side dishes of Thanksgiving. As soon as November comes around, I start fantasizing about glazed sweet potatoes, mushroom-y stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

Sure, Thanksgiving foods are notoriously heavy and rich and not-so-good for you. Does it need to be so?

Definitely not. Take cranberry sauce, for example. Traditional cranberry sauce is loaded with white sugar. This cranberry sauce, however, uses the better-for-you sweetener, coconut palm sugar, and mixes apples and pears in with those jewel-toned berries.

If that’s not enough reason to whip up some cranberry sauce a few weeks before the big holiday, how about looking at some of the nutrition benefits of cranberries. Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants, and loaded with fiber, Vitamin C and manganese.

Not only that, but if you mix a dollop of cranberry sauce in your morning oatmeal or vanilla yogurt, you have a breakfast that feels a little extra special!

Another way to enjoy cranberries early in the season is in Cranberry Clementine Muffins.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes:

Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Pears

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup diced apples
  • 1 cup diced pears
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries (1 12-ounce package)


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat apple cider over medium flame.
  2. Add coconut palm sugar and spices. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add fruit, cook at a high simmer; the cranberries will pop after a few minutes.
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Kim Lutz is a vegan mom to two boys, and lives with her rocker husband, dog and cat. She is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes and the gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan website, Kim is the co-author with Megan Hart, MS, RD, LD, of two other cookbooks.

Read all of Kim’s posts here.

4 Responses to Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Pears

  • That sounds like some delicious cranberry sauce! Just the thing to dress up some oatmeal! I wholeheartedly agree that no one should have to wait for Thanksgiving Day to enjoy yummy dishes like this.


  • Thanks, Pat! That’s my philosophy; why wait for something yummy!


  • Kristina says:

    I don’t have quite enough apple cider, but am hoping to make this for a potluck today. What would be a better substitution, water or pomegranate juice? Thanks!


    Kim Lutz Reply:

    @Kristina, Hi Kristina, I’m sorry I didn’t see this before you needed it. Please let us know what you used and how it worked out. I think I would have used water, but I’m curious to know how it worked for you!


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