Cranberry Cherry Sauce

Lately, I’ve had fresh cranberry sauce on my mind. So I researched cranberry sauce recipes, and found that most have anywhere from ¼ to 1 ¾ cups of sugar. This Paleo Cranberry Cherry Sauce, however, is made with no sugar, and has only 4 ingredients! I like a tart cranberry sauce, one that almost makes my mouth pucker, so I developed this stevia and fruit-sweetened cranberry sauce. While it’s nicely tart, the cherries and orange juice make it just sweet enough.

This is a naturally sweetened lower-glycemic cranberry sauce recipe, however I did not come up with the idea of combining cranberries and cherries myself. I found this delightfully unique flavor combination on

Cranberry Cherry Sauce

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  • 1 8 ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen cherries
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 10 drops stevia


  • Place cranberries, cherries, orange juice and stevia in a saucepan
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat
  • Simmer about 20 minutes, until berries have burst and sauce has thickened
  • Transfer to a bowl and serve
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When I conducted a survey on twitter the other night and asked what people use to sweeten their cranberry sauce, the responses ranged from sugar to orange juice, to honey, maple syrup, apple juice and xylitol. Thanks to all of you who responded to my informal poll!

What kind of cranberry sauce do you usually make at Thanksgiving? Will you use a standard recipe this year or try something new?


45 responses to “Cranberry Cherry Sauce”

  1. I have been making a fruited spiced relish for years so as not to add sugar…pear, apple, golden raisins and cinnamon. My husband loves cherries so I think this will be a fun change.

  2. I purchase sweet black cherries when they are in season, (usually as a loss-leader) here in Phoenix AZ. Pit them and freeze in 2 C amounts.
    Today (6 months later) I will make Sweet cherry/fresh cranberry jam to give as Xmas gifts!
    Sugar amount? Will use the amount on Cramberry bag: NO pectin (cranberries contain it)

    1 bag fresh cranberries (12 oz) = 3 cups
    3 Cups pitted black cherries- can smash them too!
    1 C Granulated Sugar
    12 oz water. (more if needed before putting in jars)
    Put all into a large saucepan, stirring frequently, bring to a boil and simmer until cranberries POP and mixture thickens. If it is too thick, add a little water at a time, stirring it in thoroughly.
    Immediately ladle into sterilized canning jars, seal and process as directed. (Mine is 10 minutes in boiling water bath).
    Not sure of yield…I use 1/2 pt jars for gift-jam.

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