Fresh Raw Cranberries – rinse and remove any soft berries 1 ¼ pound (1 &1/8 quarts after cleaning)
Diced ripe pear (Overripe is best.

Leave skin on. May substitute ripe grapes, plums. )

1 cup plus
Diced ripe apple (Skin on, remove any bruised or spoiled areas. Soft or wizened fine.) 1 & ½ cups
Fresh pecans or walnuts (shelled & chopped) 1 ½ cups
Zest of 1 (or ½) Orange (dice the rest or just squeeze into sauce) 1 (or ½) medium orange
LIQUIDS: need total of about 2 cups any combination – may substitute other sweet fruit juices as available:
Apple cider or juice ¾ cup
Orange Juice ¾ cup
Water ½ cup
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Pumpkin Pie Spice mixture 1 tsp
Natural non-sugar sweetner:optional  
Stevia powder TINY pinch (1/8 packet)


Truvia® (mixture of stevia & erythritol) 2 packets


Honey (this adds over 100 calories and carbs) ¼ cup



  1. Wash, clean, dice or chop all fruit and nut ingredients
  2. Grate orange for zest, chop orange sections
  3. Combine fruits, chopped nuts and zest into large 4 qt. cooking pot.
  4. Pour in 2 cups of liquid (mixture of fruit juices and water)
  5. Stir
  6. Add cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices
  7. Optional: add minimal amount of natural, no calorie sweetener (you really don’t need this as the fruit juices, apples, pears etc are sweet enough to balance sour of cranberries).
  8. Stir.
  9. Place pot on the cooktop, on high or relatively high heat.
  1. Stir the mixture until it comes to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring as the cranberries “pop” and split.
  2. Remove from stove and allow to cool to room temperature
  3. Store in refrigerator until ready to be served.


Place in serving bowls and serve….

NOTE: May be served cool or at room temperature.


Any leftovers can be stored in refrigerator, usually keeps 1 month or longer.

Or, you can heat to boiling and use sterile canning processes to put into cup or pint-sized sterilized glass jars for future holiday meals. (or holiday gifts!)

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