Elderberry Cranberry Sauce


Elderberries add an immunity component to this is a healing take on the standard cranberry sauce. This low sugar version will help to combat all of the holiday stress but is still sweet, tart and delicious!



1/4 cup elderberries, fresh, dried or frozen*

1 cup water

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 package cranberries(10oz ~ 3 cups)

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tbsp orange zest

1/4 cup honey, plus more to taste


  1. In a small pot add your elderberries, water and cinnamon. Allow to simmer until it reduces by half.
  2. Once reduced, pour liquid through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
  3. In another pot add the cranberries, elderberry liquid, orange juice and orange zest.
  4. Heat on medium low until the cranberries begin to burst and it starts to thicken.
  5. Once thickened, take off the heat and add honey.**  Taste and add more honey or orange juice if needed.


*I usually freeze my elderberries from the summer which makes them easy to get off the stem.  Dried elderberries are also a good option here.

**Taking the sauce off the heat before you add the honey helps to maintain the honey’s beneficial enzymes.



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