A Vegan Thanksgiving: Maple Cranberry Sauce

Many of the foods I envision on my vegan Thanksgiving table just don’t exist, so I have to get creative. However, this is not one of those recipes. This is an essential part of Thanksgiving, which turns out to be vegan already – cranberry sauce! And this one in particular is amazing.
One of those healthy recipes is homemade cranberry sauce. I know most people choose cranberry sauce that comes in a can. This is dangerous, as the canned alternative contains a lot of calories. For example: 100 grams of fresh blueberries contain only 46 calories. On the other hand, 100 grams of canned cranberry sauce contains about 150 calories. The additional 100 calories you get from canned cranberry sauce represent about six teaspoons of sugar. We all know that excess sugar causes fat retention over time.

Based on this simple difference between fresh cranberries and canned cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce is the best option.

How do I make homemade cranberry sauce?

1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 12 oz package cranberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of brown sugar/3/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1) Combine the water and sugar or pure maple syrup preferably in a small saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove.

2) Add the fresh blueberries to the saucepan and bring to a boil; stir occasionally

3) Reduce the heat to low and add the orange zest, as well as the peeled orange. Let the mixture cook for about 10 minutes or until the blueberries start to pop. Stir frequently

4) Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool.

Voila! Your homemade cranberry sauce is ready. Now, let it cool in the fridge.

How to make homemade blueberry jelly?

Another variation on homemade cranberry sauce is cranberry jelly. To make cranberry jelly, pour cranberry sauce into colander; press it with the back of a pot spoon and collect the juice in a bowl. Repeat until you get the desired amount of juice. Then put it in the fridge until solid.

That’s it. Now you know how to make healthy homemade cranberry sauce and cranberry jelly!


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