This unprocessed, sugar-free sauce makes use of apples and dates as the predominant sweetener. It makes a beautiful homemade, antioxidant-packed addition to your holiday dinner table.

(makes 2 cups)

2 medium sweet (like Fuji) apples, finely chopped or roughly grated (2½ cups)

½ cup cranberries (frozen cranberries work well!)

1 large orange zested and juiced

¼ cup orange juice (1/2 to 1 large orange, juiced)

½ cinnamon stick

¼ cup finely chopped dates

¼ cup raisins


  1. Combine apples, orange juice and zest, cranberries, orange juice, cinnamon stick, dates, and raisins in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir well, and continue cooking, uncovered, until cranberry skins pop and mixture is thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.  
  3. Serve warm or chilled.


  • If you’d like to include more cranberries and less apples with a sweet result, you can add more chopped dates and raisins to counteract the tartness of cranberries. 

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