Combine fresh or frozen berries and pure maple syrup to make this incredibly delicious Cranberry Raspberry Sauce. It's the perfect mix of tart and sweet. Easy to make in 20 minutes and refined sugar-free.
If you're looking for an alternative to the recipe on the back of a bag of cranberries, you'll love this simple Cranberry Raspberry Sauce. It's just as quick and easy to prepare.
And using maple syrup in place of granulated sugar plus the addition of raspberries gives it a sweet and balanced flavor without overpowering the natural sourness of the cranberries.
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's loaded with sweet-tart flavor yet only requires 3 ingredients, plus water.
- You can use frozen fruit instead of fresh.
- You can make it in 20 minutes, and it stores well refrigerated or frozen.
Save time and money by buying frozen cranberries and raspberries for this recipe instead of fresh. There's no need to thaw them first. Simply cook them from frozen. You don't even need to rinse them.
Want to change things up? Start with this basic recipe and add in your favorite ingredients to suit your taste.
- Use orange juice, apple juice, or cranberry juice in place of the water.
- Stir in some orange zest or lemon zest.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
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- Add the cranberries, maple syrup, and water to a small saucepan.
- Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the raspberries.
- Simmer for 5 more minutes until the sauce has thickened.
You can also enjoy it as a crostini topping with vegan cheese for a festive appetizer. Or add a dollop to vanilla ice cream or chocolate cake for dessert.
Storing and freezing
Store cranberry raspberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 10 to 14 days. Or freeze for 2 months (for best flavor) or up to 1 year. Thaw frozen sauce in the refrigerator overnight.
Refer to the FDA Food Storage Guidelines for more information.
While it can be enjoyed warm or cold, most people serve cranberry sauce chilled or at room temperature. This makes it perfect for preparing in advance and refrigerating for later.
The sauce will be thick like jam when it's done. And it will thicken a little more as it cools.
Cranberry sauce should be a balance of sweet and sour. Cranberries are naturally very sour. Adding a sweetener like pure maple syrup and another fruit like raspberries, apples, or oranges tames the sourness without adding too much excess sweetness.
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Cranberry Raspberry Sauce
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen* cranberries
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup water
- 6 ounces fresh or frozen* raspberries
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cranberries, maple syrup, and water to a low boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. You may hear the cranberries pop as they cook.
- Stir in the raspberries and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold.
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Nutritional information is an estimation only.