Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things to plop onto my plate during Thanksgiving. Every year I try to up my cranberry sauce game and this Walnut Cranberry Sauce has won the trophy!
I first made this recipe a couple of years ago when I was a guest blogger over at Whole30recipes on Instagram. It was a huge hit! I have made it the last couple of years for our Thanksgiving dinner and don’t plan on stopping. I just can’t believe I haven’t posted the recipe on here yet!! Gone are the days of the canned crap, although I do sometimes grab a teeny piece for nostalgic reasons!!
Before I get to this delicious Whole30 recipe, there are a couple things to note!
First: This is HOMEMADE and Whole30, so it will 100% be more tart than anything you have bought. The walnuts tame the tartness of the cranberries down quite a bit, but if you are looking for the sugary sweet cranberry sauce, you won’t find it here!
Second: If you are not on a Whole30 and feel like a little bit of honey or maple syrup would be a nice little addition, then GO FOR IT!!
Okay, rant over haha! Lets get to the recipe!
- 1 (12 oz) bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup of apple cider or 100% apple juice
- 3/4 cup juice from an orange
- 2 tbl orange zest
- 3 pittes dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts + more for garnish
- In a pot over medium heat pour in cranberries, apple cider (or juice) and orange juice.
- When you start to hear the cranberries pop, turn stove to medium-low and start stirring.
- When most cranberries have "popped" add in your orange zest, dates, and walnuts.
- Stir and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from heat and garnish with chopped walnuts.
This will keep in the fridge, in an air tight container, for about a week. I have never stuck froze it before, but I’m sure it would be fine. My suggestion is to put it in a ziplock bag and then flatten it out and freeze it like that!
I lurrrvvveee this cranberry sauce spooned over all the Thanksgiving things. What do you like it on? Or perhaps you enjoy it all on its own? Let me know!