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The Best Cranberry Sauce Ever (GF/DF/Paleo)

Do you meal prep 2 days before Thanksgiving? I definitely do and this cranberry sauce is the first thing I make. Why? Because it actually tastes better when the flavors meld together in the fridge for a few days.

I have made this cranberry sauce every year for at least the last 10 years. It’s my most asked about recipe at Thanksgiving dinner. And today, I am sharing that recipe with you. Want to know the secret ingredient? Don’t tell anyone. It’s really a good one. Ready?


Yup, that’s right. I add a hunk of ginger to my sauce as it’s cooking and I don’t take it out until right before serving. It gives the whole thing an incredible depth of flavor.

You know, I really think cranberries are underrated. They are such a healthy fruit. I love their deep tart flavor and rich color. Check out all the health benefits of cranberries here. Or check out my cranberry crumb bar recipe here.

I also add 2 ceylon cinnamon sticks that I pull out before serving. You can brush up on the health benefits of ceylon cinnamon here.

But today we are talking ginger.

Health Benefits of Ginger

  • Improves digestion
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves nausea
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial, even to many drug resistant bacteria
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Can block the thyroid oxidative damage and hormonal disruption of BPA exposure
  • Reduces pain in diabetic nephropathy
  • Reduces hepatic injury on a standard American diet (hepatoprotective)
  • Reduces body weight, even on an unhealthy diet
  • Shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) in colon cancer cells

Fun fact: Did you also know that hens fed ginger extract were healthier overall and lay eggs with improved nutritional quality and increased antioxidants? Guess who’s picking up some ginger extract for her chickens? Yup, this girl.

cranberry orange sauce

The Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever

This refined sugar free cranberry sauce is loaded in flavor thanks to undertones of orange, cinnamon and ginger.
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 people


  • 16 oz organic cranberries, fresh
  • 1 1/3 cup orange juice fresh or purchased
  • 2 ceylon cinnamon sticks
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and left whole
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar


  • Add all ingredients in a large sucepan.
  • Turn to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, or until cranberries pop and sauce is starting to thicken (it will thicken even more as it cools.)
  • Place in a glass container in the fridge and let sit at least overnight or up to 3 days. Stir the sauce and remove the cinnamon sticks and ginger right before serving.


Recipe by Liz at
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European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2008. Effects of ginger on gastric emptying and motility in healthy humans.

IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences. 2017. Ginger: It’s Effect on Blood Pressure among Hypertensive Patients.

Integrative Medicine Insights. 2016. The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy.

International Journal of Preventative Medicine. 2013. Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity: Review of Current Evidence.

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. 2012. Antibacterial effect of Allium sativum cloves and Zingiber officinale rhizomes against multiple-drug resistant clinical pathogens.

Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 2015. The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients.

Saudi Medical Journal. 2008. Investigation of the effect of ginger on the lipid levels. A double blind controlled clinical trial.

The Science of the Total Environment. 2019. Ginger extract ameliorates bisphenol A (BPA)-induced disruption in thyroid hormones synthesis and metabolism: Involvement of Nrf-2/HO-1 pathway.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2019. Ginger extract and its compound, 6-shogaol, attenuates painful diabetic neuropathy in mice via reducing TRPV1 and NMDAR2B expressions in the spinal cord.

Zingiber officinale formulation reduces hepatic injury and weight gain in rats fed an unhealthy diet. 2019.

Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology. 2019. A ginger derivative, zingerone-a phenolic compound-induces ROS-mediated apoptosis in colon cancer cells (HCT-116).

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