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Homemade Orange-Cranberry Sauce {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}

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Confession: I like that gelatinous glop that comes in a can. I do! But alas, it’s not on the menu this year thanks to GAPS. Guess I’ll just have to console myself with this sweet and tart rendition of a holiday classic. Enjoy!


  • 3 cups (12 oz) fresh cranberries
  • 4 cups oranges slices  (Note: last year I tried this with apples, pears and oranges. The orange sweetened sauce won hands down with the family taste test)
  • 1 cup honey (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons grass-fed gelatin (Great Lakes is a good brand. Order it here.)
  • 1/2 cup cold filtered water


  1. Blend cranberries and fruit in a food processor until mixture is very smooth.
  2. Place in a pot, add honey and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and continue to stir for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat.
  3. Add gelatin to water and let sit one minute, then add it to the cranberry mixture and stir until dissolved. Check for sweetness and add more honey if needed.
  4. Place in refrigerator until well chilled
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12 Responses to Homemade Orange-Cranberry Sauce {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}

  1. Kristen Eppner Ethridge via FB says:

    Thank you for posting this today!!! I have been hoarding organic cranberries the last few weeks, trying to decide how I was going to prepare them.

  2. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    This looks great, I never thought of using pears. I usually use chopped oranges and the zest from an orange or 2 (in long strips so its easy to take out). The natural pectin from the oranges helps it set, but not quite as set as this one. Plus the addition of the gelatin ups the health factor. YUM! I might have to make two versions of cranberry sauce this year. Thanks for sharing, your stuffing looks awesome too!

  3. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Ha, I never thought of using oranges, Kristine Winniford! Going to try this recipe with them today to see if I can get the texture more like the canned stuff!

  4. Jenni Wiehoff-Hulet via FB says:

    Looks amazing.

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  6. Maredith says:

    I used half cranberries half raspberries, and subbed apples for the pears (didn’t have any) and it is spectacular as well. Thanks for a great and simple recipe! If you have a Vitamix and blend it all for a good while on high it gets very smooth consistency, so pretty close to a “jelly” in my opinion.

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  11. Jennifer says:

    Hi Heather!

    I’m trying to think ahead for Thanksgiving this year. It will be at my Mom’s and it’s not practical for me to bring my pantry full of groceries to cook there and they don’t eat as whole as I would like. Do you think this recipe would freeze well? Can you help me think of recipes that would freeze and defrost well so I can get them cooked now and then just bring them on Thanksgiving Day? Thank you! You are such a blessing!

  12. Susan says:

    How many people will this serve?

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