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Cranberry Pecan Relish (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

on November 27, 2013

cranberry sauce

Most of us have tried that congealed glob of can shaped “cranberry sauce”.  This recipe shouldn’t remind you of that wiggly “food” in any way except that they both have cranberry in the name.

I’ve been making this recipe for years and am always asked for the recipe.  This year I switched out the processed sugar for maple syrup and honey and it’s just as good, if not better!  Eat it with your turkey instead of gravy, as a side or even in other recipes or desserts.

For the mixed dried fruit, you can use a mixture of raisins, apricots, blueberries, strawberries, cherries or any dried fruit you like. This makes a very chunky “sauce”, so if you prefer a smoother sauce, you can always use an immersion blender to make it smooth, but I prefer mine to be chunky with the crunchy bits of nuts.  I puree the orange in my food processor, then pulse the apple and pear in with the orange, leaving small dices of fruit.

One of the best things about this recipe is how good your house will smell as this is cooking! This makes a large amount and will keep in the fridge until Christmas if it lasts that long! Enjoy!

(Adapted from a recipe found on


1 cup water
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries
1 orange, peeled and pureed
1 apple – peeled, cored and diced
1 pear – peeled, cored and diced
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a medium saucepan, bring water, syrup and honey to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cover, and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally (the cranberries will burst). Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

cranberry sauce


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