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Apple Cranberry Relish


Here is the perfect substitute for sugar-laden cranberry sauce. Make it a new family tradition!

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (7)


3 pounds apples, peeled and cored, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 navel orange, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples and cranberries are soft, stirring frequently. Add more liquid if necessary.

Mash with a potato masher. Serve warm or at room temperature.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 8

Per Serving:

Calories 115
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrates 30 g
Sugars 23 g
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 3 mg
Fiber 3.6 g
Beta-Carotene 49 ug
Vitamin C 19 mg
Calcium 25 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Folate 6 ug
Magnesium 12 mg
Potassium 239 mg
Zinc 0.1 mg
Selenium 0.1 ug

My Rating: 
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02/11/2012 01:10 PM

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This is excellent and should be made year round, not just during the holidays. I recommend dicing the apples instead of mashing them, and doubling the amount of cranberries, adding 1/2 cup more water as well. Great added to oatmeal, or as a side dish with most meals. Also great added to salads, and good with a few walnuts as toppers.
This comment was last edited on 02/11/2012 11:30 PM


11/13/2013 12:15 AM

Rated this recipe:

This is a perfect dish to substitute cranberry sauce/jelly at Thanksgiving. I made it last year and it was so good I had to stop myself from eating it with a spoon! Really deliciously tart and sweet - all the flavor I loved about sugary cranberry sauce with a healthy nutrient boost!

I will definitely be making this again for Thanksgiving this year!


11/29/2013 11:28 AM

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I made this recipe exactly as written and it was delicious! I served it as part of our Thanksgiving feast along with traditional cranberry sauce and to my surprise several of my family members preferred it. I had some the next morning along with a sprinkling of nuts on top for my breakfast. I will definitely make this again - often.


11/21/2018 09:40 PM

Rated this recipe:

I made this in the Instant Pot--manual for two minutes and only a half cup of water. I liked it but found it a bit sour, maybe because I didn't peel the apples? Next time I'd still keep the peels on but use sweeter apples or more raisins. I also diced the apples small instead of mashing everything.

This comment was last edited on 11/21/2018 09:41 PM


01/01/2019 03:51 PM

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I think all the cranberry recipes would be great in plain, unsweetened and/or greek (plain, unsweetened) almond (no dairy!) yogurt.  Perhaps even coconut plain, unsweetened yogurt as well.  Just enough of a kick of sweetness and greatness (yum) to the unsweetened almond yogurt.  To all those who dislike plain, unsweetened, dairy-free yogurt, give this a try!  (11-17-22:  I'm still topping plain, non-dairy yogurt on top of Dr. Fuhrman's cranberry recipes, and I love them!)

This comment was last edited on 11/17/2022 12:43 PM


11/07/2019 04:02 PM

Rated this recipe:

This is an amazing dish just the way it is. Perfect sweet/tart ratio. 

Judon replies:

12/09/2019 08:51 PM

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We agree, it was great!


12/06/2020 09:40 PM

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I loved this recipe as written but I didn't mash the apples.  It was delicious at Thanksgiving and the leftovers went into the freezer.  I had some today and they were perfect!   I'm going to make more tomorrow so I can freeze the leftovers and have them ready for dessert. 

CarolRamacci replies:

03/13/2021 01:40 PM

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I never thought about freezing this dish, perhaps because sometimes freezing changes the outcome of the original recipe.  But I need to try to freeze more recipes, because sometimes it works just fine!  Thanks so much for mentioning your freezer success!