Spiced Elderberry and Medicinal Herb Cranberry Sauce (Sugar Free, Sugar Alcohol Free)

This wonderfully unique Cranberry Sauce is an opportunity to reframe the standard, often sugar heavy thanksgiving side condiment as a medicinal, herbally rich and layered, sour, tangy and naturally sweet accompaniment, to meals and desserts. Creating this recipe is an invitation towards kitchen witchery and self trust, as you weave your way through new territory via the magic of medicinal cooking. I invite you to use this recipe as a guide, but to play with the ratios to taste. That way, you make this herbally infused relish your own, so that it is medicine for your very own body. Enjoy, play, explore!!! Weaving love and mystery into every stir…

I was inspired to make this after years of combing through recipes, trying to find something that didn’t exist, that I needed to create myself! And…in the time of Corona, especially during the holiday season when people are gathered together, this cranberry sauce is also a vitamin c packed, immune boosting delight! Infusing our meals with herbal goodness will definitely help us all have a better chance of staying well!

Be brave! Eat your cranberry sauce, sugar free! Or, if you must, add a little something something (honey, maple syrup), but try it first, without it! See if your taste buds can adjust and appreciate, if your flavor palate, your body and your mind can expand beyond the sugar paradigm… Here we go!


12 ounce bag of fresh Cranberries
1/2 cup Vitacost (Glycerin Sweetened) Elderberry Syrup
1/2 cup Apple Juice or Cider
1/2 Orange chopped with juices, plus a squeeze of juice from the other half
1 ½ dried whole Hibiscus Flowers taken apart (or @ 1 tsp smaller shreds)
1 ½ tsp Rose Hips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder (add more to taste if needed)
3/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp Pure Monk Fruit Sweetener
¼ tsp Dried Ginger Root
¼ tsp Ginger Powder (add more to taste if needed)
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg Powder (add more to taste if needed)
1/8 teaspoon Clove Powder (add more to taste if needed)
Fresh Orange Zest – Mix some in and put some on top
Pomegranate Seeds – Mix some in after the cranberry sauce cools and put some on top


Combine everything (except Pomegranate seeds) in a saucepan. I like to taste the liquid before I turn on the flame to see if I like the starting “herbal broth”.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning. The cranberries will start to pop when they get hot.

Reduce heat and allow to simmer until the cranberries dissolve and the sauce thickens, about 10-15 minutes.

Add more spice to taste, if needed. If too sour, adding extra spice will help balance and bring out a natural sweetness to the sauce. You can also play with squeezing in a bit more fresh orange juice.

…Call in magic and wonder and trust your medicine making instincts and process! Be open to new discoveries. This cranberry sauce is meant to be nourishing and nurturing to body and spirit, you will feel that intention through tasting, as you go! You will know when it’s finished, when you have achieved your desired experience! Trust your intuition! She will take you places… 🙂

Serve hot or chilled. Store leftovers covered in the fridge, this stuff will last forever! The flavors will infuse and deepen more over time. Eat as a side condiment with turkey or meats. Use on a sandwich. Eat on top of sweet potato latkes! (Hanukah is right around the corner!) Stir into yogurt. Eat with ice cream. Put on top of chia pudding. Eat it with a little whipped cream on top. Top cheesecake with it or get creative with your favorite dessert! Enjoy!

*Please note: I am an Amazon Associate! This means that if you click on the links I’ve provided in the recipe to purchase your ingredients, I will get a very small commission. Every little bit helps! I have provided suggested links to the very same high quality organic ingredients that I use myself. Thank you for your support!!! ❤️

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