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Vegan cranberry sauce in a white bowl with orange slices.

Homemade Vegan Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice

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  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan cranberry sauce is sweetened with orange juice and maple syrup, with a touch of cinnamon. 


  • 10 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 large orange zested and juiced (about ½ cup juice)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Rinse the cranberries and discard bruised or squishy ones.
  2. Zest your orange before juicing it.
  3. Then, to a medium saucepan, add the cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, water, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  4. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will start to pop and the liquid will thicken.  
  5. The sauce will continue to thicken while cooling.
  6. Let cool completely before storing or serving.


Usually, all of the berries won’t pop, the consistency is up to you. If you prefer some whole, leave some whole. If not use the back of a wooden spoon and carefully press the unpopped berries up against the side of the pot.

If you used a cinnamon stick remove it from the sauce.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American