The Only Paleo Cranberry Sauce Recipe You Need

paleo cranberry sauce

The inspiration and credit for this fabulous recipe goes to Pasta and Co. in Seattle, where I spent my college years working part-time.

After graduation I went on to manage the downtown Seattle store as well as cater for businesses in the surrounding area.  My love of great food was born at Pasta and Co. and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and experiences I had there. Marcella and Harvey Rosene created a magical culinary experience for all Seattlites to enjoy.  

I have adapted this recipe over the years to fit into my paleo diet and lean toward a lower sugar content.  Hence, the monk fruit sweetener. 

This recipe makes a large amount!

My family loves this sauce so much that I make a big batch, ready to go at a moment’s notice, Thanksgiving through Christmas.  It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 months and cans in a water bath perfectly.  I give it as gifts during the holidays every year in small mason jars.  You can always divide it by ⅓ or ½ if you would like a smaller amount. And, the best news yet, it takes about 10 minutes to complete!

My family uses this sauce on a variety of foods, not just Thanksgiving turkey.  It is equally as wonderful on chicken, pork and salmon and fantastic on vanilla ice cream and other desserts.  Especially flourless chocolate cake!  It will definitely become a holiday staple year after year. 

Recipe for Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce with Dried Sour Cherries


3- 12 oz bags of raw cranberries-pick through and discard any bad ones

2 ¼ cup dried sour cherries

⅓ cup monk fruit sweetener

2- 13 oz jars of red currant jelly

2 cups water

¾ cup dark rum


In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, sour cherries, monk fruit sweetener, currant jelly, and water. Simmer over low heat and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries pop. 

Remove from heat and stir in Rum.

Do you like orange zest or orange juice in your cranberry sauce?

I personally don’t use it but I know many people who love orange flavor in their cranberry sauce.  Feel free to play with the recipe and adapt it in the direction you love.

Paleo Cranberry Sauce is the Perfect Pick for Thanksgiving

Enjoy this paleo cranberry sauce alongside your Thanksgiving favorites. It pairs perfectly with roasted turkey legs and cauliflower mash. This recipe is super simple, so you can make it in 10 minutes or less.

Really, paleo cranberry sauce is great for any holiday or winter meal. It has the classic, warm, and familiar flavors that make any meal feel extra-special.

Is Paleo Cranberry Sauce Also Low Carb?

Paleo cranberry sauce is certainly lower carb than traditional recipes. Because cranberries are so tart, a lot of sugar is required to make them palatable (and delicious!)

Our recipe uses monk fruit sweetener rather than sugar or maple syrup, making it much lower in carbohydrates than most recipes. However, cranberries themselves have 12.2 grams of carbs per cup, and red currant jelly is also relatively high in carbs.

If you are on a low carb or ketogenic diet, enjoy a taste of our cranberry sauce, but limit yourself to only 1-2 tablespoons to ensure you aren’t consuming more carbs than you’d like.

Monk Fruit Sweetener and the Paleo Diet

So, why do we choose to sweeten our recipes with monk fruit sweetener? It’s obviously better than refined sugar, but monk fruit is a particularly special type of sweetener, and is considered paleo-friendly.

Monk fruit sweetener isn’t made sweet by fructose or glucose, but by the antioxidant mogrosides which naturally occurs in the fruit. It has zero sugar and zero calories, and is naturally plant-based, making it both paleo and keto-friendly.