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Healthy Cranberry Sauce in a small black bowl on a dark surface.

Healthy Cranberry Sauce (Refined Sugar-Free)

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces and Spreads
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian


Healthy Cranberry Sauce is refined sugar-free with hints of orange and blackberries. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and thickened with chia seeds. You’ll want to add this healthy cranberry sauce to your holiday table!



  • 2 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds


  1. In a medium-sized pot, add all of your ingredients, except the chia seeds, and bring to a low boil. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the fruit has softened.
  2. Remove the fruit mixture from the heat and mash with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Stir in the chia seeds. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. The chia seeds will plump up and thicken the sauce.
  4. Let the sauce cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container or glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will continue to thicken as it chills.


  1. For a slightly different flavour, use lemon juice and zest instead of orange.
  2. If you don’t have fresh blackberries, you can use frozen. Just add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  3. If you don’t need this cranberry sauce to be vegan, you can use honey instead of maple syrup.
  4. To thin out the cranberry sauce, use fewer chia seeds or add more water. To thicken it, add some more chia seeds or use less water.
  5. This cranberry sauce should last in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it for up to two months. Just defrost in the refrigerator overnight before using.

Keywords: naturally sweetened cranberry sauce, refined sugar-free cranberry sauce