Vegan Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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Jan. 06, 2011

This fresh cranberry sauce recipe is really easy, but full of flavor and so much better than canned cranberry sauce. Vegetarians and vegans need to be careful of the potential for gelatin (which is made of animals' bones) or Jell-o being used in cranberry sauce.
Christmas dinner isn't complete without cranberries, so be sure to add this one to your list of healthy vegan Christmas recipes for the holidays.


Cranberries 10 Ounce (Fresh / Frozen, 1 Package)
Orange 1 , zested and juiced
Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Maple syrup/Other unrefined sweetener 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
Ground flax/1 teaspoon agar powder 1 Tablespoon



1. Put the cranberries, orange zest and juice, water, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small pot and bring to a boil.

2. Once it's boiling, turn the heat down to low and leave the cranberries to simmer.

3. The berries will pop open, soften and start to thicken after about 20 minutes.

4. You can serve it like this, or if you prefer a gelatinous texture you can use the flax or agar powder.

5. Turn the heat off and stir the powder into the sauce.

6. Leave it to cool, at room temperature or in the fridge, and it will solidify in about half an hour.


7. Serve it with any of your Christmas delicacies.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Very Easy
Preparation Time: 7 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 27 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 123Calories from Fat 14

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 2 g2.4%

Saturated Fat 0.11 g0.5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 4.5 mg0.19%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.4%

Dietary Fiber 5.6 g22%

Sugars 18.3 g

Protein 1 g2.7%

Vitamin A 2.7% Vitamin C 45.6%

Calcium 4.8% Iron 4.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet