Cranberry Apple Compote

Looking for an alternative to the canned cranberry sauce served with your Thanksgiving meal?  Here’s a healthy recipe for cranberry sauce that’s a snap to prepare.  It’s a Cranberry Apple Compote that is sure to have your guests asking for seconds, and even thirds!


  • 2 medium apples
  • 6 oz. of fresh cranberries (half a 12 oz. package)
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of sucanat
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


Peel, core and slice your apples. I use my Back To Basics Peeler, because it makes it so easy!

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Wash your cranberries with cool water, then mix together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.

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Bring to a boil and reduce heat.

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Cover partially and simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened.

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Now you have a delicious and healthy version of a Thanksgiving side that usually just comes from a can.

This recipe is part of the Have a Healthy Holiday Event.  Be sure to check out the recipes on the other seven blogs and RSVP for Wednesday’s Twitter Party.

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  1. dumb question, do you serve it hot or cold? We never serve cranberry sauce because the solid jelly stuff that comes out of a can freaks me out, I hate how you can still see the ridges from the can. YUCK! but as a kid, when it was still cool to eat tv dinners (more yuck I know) I remember that cranberry stuff that they served with the turkey and it was over graham cracker crust and I actually like the stuff, so I do like cranberries, just not in the form of jelly from a can.

  2. I think I just answered my own question with my story LOL out of the microwave, its hot LOL nevermind, sorry Crystal.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful and delicious alternative….and so easy to make. Thanks for posting Crystal!

  4. This looks great! Do you think this would make a decent filling for filled pastries?

    Also, you can always reduce the sugar content of something with cranberries in it by adding just a teensy bit of baking soda while cooking. It neutralizes some of the acidity, so the sugar doesn’t have to do all the work!

  5. I tried this recipe, but it didn’t thicken. I didn’t have the apple cider, so I substituted a cranberry juice I had at home…not sure if that was the problem or not, but it was very watery. It smells delicious and almost looks like a hot cider I could serve as a drink…any thoughts on why it didn’t thicken? Thanks!

    • You may need to cook it longer to get the excess liquid off. You might try adding some arrow root or potato starch if you have it.

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