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California Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Orange Zest - Chef Whitney Aronoff | Starseed Kitchen

California Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Orange Zest

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  • Author: Chef Whitney Aronoff
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Healthy


Refined sugar-free and Paleo using clean and balanced ingredients. Fresh squeezed naval orange and California’s dates help balance the tart berries so you can enjoy the antioxidant benefits.


  • 8-oz fresh cranberries (1 bag)
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange (1/2 cup of juice)
  • 2 dates, finely chopped


  1. In a small pot, add fresh cranberries, orange juice, orange zest and chopped dates. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high for 5 minutes, so the cranberries start popping. Stir frequently.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  3. Store in an airtight glass container for 7 days in the fridge. Enjoy.


Fresh cranberries will keep up to two months refrigerated. They are at their peak in November.