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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.

*This post is sponsored by Sabra for your Friendsgiving feast! All content and opinions are my own.

Sabra is all about bringing people together with great food and there’s no better holiday to celebrate that than Thanksgiving. Or recently, the more popular trend of Friendsgiving!

While Thanksgiving can be more traditional and structured, Friendsgiving is an opportunity to change things up and include everyone’s unique tastes. That said, some traditions are worth keeping, like an easy cranberry sauce recipe that can be made with just 5 ingredients and in the slow cooker!

There’s not many people I know that don’t love cranberry sauce. The type (canned, with whole berries/without, etc.) may garner some strong opinions but whether it’s with a bite of turkey, a spoonful of stuffing or just by itself, pretty much everyone likes cranberry sauce!

Sabra wants to help you bring your friends together for an unforgettable Friendsgiving this year to enjoy dishes like this and many others. Take a look at their Pinterest board for recipes, décor, ideas and more Friendsgiving inspiration here.

Let your friends be the ones to bring the unique spins on traditional Thanksgiving fare, you can be the hero with this simple slow cooker cranberry sauce everyone will love.

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of those things that come this time of year, I make a small batch every week and put it on all.the.things. I just love the stuff. I also sit here asking myself why I limit it to a seasonal thing?

There’s no rule out there that says cranberries are only edible in November/December so why I don’t make it year round is beyond me. Truth is, cranberry sauce improves pretty much everything it touches…chicken/turkey dinners, sandwiches, wraps, even Greek yogurt.

Instead of the usual small weekly batches, I decided to make it in the slow cooker this time around.

A simple 5 ingredient slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe that everyone needs in their fall arsenal. Not only is it great for Thanksgiving (and one less thing that takes up precious stove top space), it’s really just a great sauce to have on hand for everything!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

To go along with this 5 ingredient slow cooker cranberry sauce, I’m back with my blogging friends bringing you 6 healthy holiday sides this month.

Whether they hit your Thanksgiving, Christmas or just weeknight winter dinner table, you’re not going to want to miss any of these!

6 Healthy Holiday Sides

The Healthy Maven: Cauliflower Rice Stuffing

This healthy, low-carb cauliflower rice stuffing will convince your Thanksgiving guests to jump on board the cauliflower rice train, while secretly getting them to eat more veggies! Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes.

Cauliflower rice stuffing

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen: Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

This salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a fall dish! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious maple balsamic for the absolute perfect Thanksgiving salad!

Harvest Salad

Fit Foodie Finds: Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Make these delicious Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts this holiday season for the most delicious vegan and paleo side that everyone will gobble up!

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Eating Bird Food: Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Almonds

Add some green to your holiday table with this flavorful recipe for tender crisp green beans tossed with caramelized shallots, toasted almonds and fresh parsley.

Green beans with shallots

Food Faith Fitness: Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

These easy scalloped sweet potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

Scalloped sweet potatoes

Don’t forget the easy slow cooker cranberry sauce!

5 Ingredient Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Still looking for more holiday recipe inspiration?

Here are 100 healthy Thanksgiving recipes to help you in the process!

100 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice/lemon juice (I used a combination but mostly orange)
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on your preference for a sweet or tart cranberry sauce)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (*optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and toss to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, stir with a wooden spoon or spatula at the end to break up/mash the cranberries.
  3. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.


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Tom White

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Out of maple syrup. Have plenty of honey. Will that work?

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Yes, you can substitute honey.

Donna Parsons

Monday 24th of December 2018

so do you serve it warm?

Running to the Kitchen

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

You can serve it warm, room temperature or cold - whatever you prefer for your cranberry sauce.


Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

Can i make it the day before?

Running to the Kitchen

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

Yes, definitely, it stores well. Enjoy :)

Heidi @ Food Doodles

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Yum! First of all, the color of this is amazing! Second, I love that you made it in the crockpot! So awesome. I'm loving all these side dishes :)

Liora @ Allthingsloveli

Wednesday 11th of November 2015

I am so excited about all these Thanksgiving recipes! I love that the cranberry sauce is in the slow cooker, looks delicious!

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