Whole30 Cranberry Sauce

It’s time for the canned stuff to move over, there’s a new sauce in town! Whole30 Cranberry Sauce is delicious and while being tart and sweet, but without loads of added sugar!

Whole30 Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

There are quite a few recipes out there for cranberry sauce, but since this one is Whole30, it’s set apart from the rest. Both Paleo and Whole30 don’t allow for cane sugar or brown sugar, but Whole30 doesn’t even allow for maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar. This recipe is sweetened only by other fruits!

The main fruits sweetening it are apples or pears. You could also mix them! Do some apples and some pears. I like to dice or finely chop them so that they blend well, almost like an applesauce texture. That way the cranberries still shine.

The date paste is a delicious, Whole30 compatible way to sweeten this up! It’s a fruit, so you aren’t adding any sugars. To make date paste, simply boil some dates, then blend them with with just a few teaspoons of water. The recipe below calls for 4-5 tablespoons of date paste, which is about 10 dates.

Fun Ways to use Cranberry Sauce

There are so many fun things to do with this whole30 cranberry sauce, beyond just being a side on your Thanksgiving plate! After all, Thanksgiving leftovers are the best part!

Try these delicious Thanksgiving Egg Rolls. They are such a fun and unique way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers! You can make them gluten free depending on the wrappers you buy. Keep all the fillings gluten free and you’ve got a healthy snack! They are so versatile because you can literally fill them with whichever of your leftovers you’d like! My favorite combo is cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, and butternut squash.

Thanksgiving wraps and grinders can also be fun! Layer some of this cranberry sauce on for sure. Other fun options include Thanksgiving poutine, burgers, quesadillas, etc. So many options! Let me know in the comments below what you like to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Many of the previously mentioned options can be made Whole30 or paleo style as well! You can absolutely make Whole30 Thanksgiving burgers and poutine! No need to stop eating healthy or indulge only to pay for it later! You won’t miss all the gluten and refined sugars!

Outside of Thanksgiving, this paleo and whole30 recipe would go well with pork chops! Pork chops go so nicely with applesauce, so this would be a nice unique spin on it. Try serving it over already cooked pork chops, or put the sauce with uncooked pork chops in a slow cooker all together!


  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • 4 apples or pears peeled and diced
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4-5 tbps date paste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder


  • Over medium heat, mix the cranberries and apples or pears. Stir frequently, and add the water.
  • Once softened, mash with a potato masher.
  • Add the spices and date paste. If you want a smooth sauce, blend it with an immersion blender now. Otherwise, put a lid on and simmer on low-medium heat for 5 minutes to let the flavors blend.

Tools Needed

Really all you need is a saucepan and wooden spoon or the like. If you’re making your date paste or want to blend your sauce, use an immersion blender!

This is one immersion blender that is a good deal for the price and even comes with a frother! An immersion blender has definitely been a purchase I don’t regret. I’ve used my immersion blender for many things. In fact, it’s a staple in my assortment of kitchen tools! I use it to make mayonnaise and all sorts of Whole30 compatible dips and sauces.

It’s also great for blended soups (think baked potato soup or a pureed type of soup). As you can see there’s a lot of uses for it!

Paleo + Whole30 Cranberry Sauce Image
Whole30 Cranberry Sauce Image

Did you make this Whole30 Cranberry Sauce? Let me know in the comments below how it turned out! I love hearing your feedback.

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