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I couldn’t pass up the fresh cranberries when I did my Thanksgiving grocery shopping, so this ended up as a last minute paleo kitchen experiment- and I think it turned out quite nicely!

Disclaimer: Paleo experiments generally don’t involve measuring on my part. I’m doing my best here to be as specific as possible, but I make a lot of decisions as I go. For this recipe, I started with the recipe on the back of the bag of cranberries, which involved boiling 1 cup of water + 1 cup (!!) of sugar, then adding the cranberries.


  • 1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 4-5 dates
  • 1/2 c applesauce


  1. Puree dates and applesauce. Add enough water to make about 1.5 cups.
  2. Add zest and juice from the orange. (Sorry, no measurements here. Just however much zest and juice you can get from 1 orange)
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add cranberries, bring to a boil again. Stir a few times.
  5. Let cranberries boil for about 8-10 minutes. When they start to break open, they are done.
  6. Serve chilled.

This is NOT the supersweet cranberry sauce I grew up with (Hello, 1 CUP of sugar for 12 oz of cranberries?!?)- In fact, I wouldn’t even call this dish sweet. It was definitely tart, but it was really good- especially with the turkey.

I did not get a picture of just the cranberry sauce, so you get to see the whole dinner spread here:


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