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Cranberry Sauce

A healthful version of the traditional holiday side, made from scratch using fresh cranberries and maple syrup.

  • Author: Dreena Burton
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
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  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. In a pot on medium-high heat, combine cranberries and maple syrup and bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have broken down. (Reduce heat if sauce is sticking or is simmering too rapidly.)
  2. Once sauce has thickened, taste test, and add balsamic vinegar for a touch of sourness if desired. Serve warm or chilled. Makes about 1 cup.

Notes: Frozen cranberries can also be used; just continue simmering until cranberries break down and entire mixture thickens and becomes deeper in color.

*This recipe is found in Dreena Burton’s cookbook, Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.

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Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton is one of the OG vegan cookbook authors, publishing her first title in 2001. She began her plant-kind life over 25 years ago, and has raised three daughters from birth on a plant-based diet. Dreena’s recipes have been featured with groups including PCRM, Forks Over Knives, Blue Zones, The Food Network, and The Food Revolution Network. Visit her site to learn more about her newest book, Dreena's Kind Kitchen.