Tart homemade cranberry sauce sweetened naturally with dates is the perfect condiment to pair with your rich and hearty Thanksgiving dinner. Making your own cranberry sauce is much easier than you think.  This heart healthy cranberry sauce recipe is sure to be a winner at your Thanksgiving dinner. You can also make it ahead of time so that it is one less thing that you need to prepare on turkey day!

What makes this recipe unique?  Take a look at the ingredients below cranberries, lemon and dates.  Yes, Medjool dates will add a nice amount of sweetness and additional fiber to your meal. This recipe is definitely heart healthy.

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Give our homemade cranberry sauce recipe a try and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Cranberry Sauce

Course: Kitchen Basics, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Cooking Method: Stove Top
Condition: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Low Sodium, Nut Free, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings


  • 8 dates Medjool
  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1/2 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Place Medjool dates in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Once softened, take the dates out of the bowl, remove the skin and pits from dates, and mash with a fork.
  • Combine cranberries, date paste, lemon juice, zest, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until starting to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool completely.


Carbohydrates: 17g | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g

Please note:

Nutrition info is approximate and may contain errors.

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