Two Unique Twists on Cranberry Sauce – Moroccan and Cuban

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I know many people are already getting stressed about the holiday season.  Not only do many families hit the roads for travel, but this year the added weather concerns – especially storms and snow in the Northeast will only add to the worry.  Additionally, many Americans face serious economical hardship and the thought of gift shopping causes even more distress.

So I ask you to stop right now and take a breath. No matter what place you are at in life let’s make a pact to focus on the real reason for Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is about having gratitude for what we have – period.

To ensure that I start each day with gratitude, I created what I call a Gratitude Board.

Each morning I read over all the words on the board and really try to think about each item and really embrace it….and then I add one more word to the board.  I can visit this board on the days I feel down and it always helps me feel a bit better.  I encourage you to create your own!

One of the things I’m most thankful  for are all the amazing connections and friends I have made through blogging.  I am so grateful to each of you that visit me regularly here and hope that I will one day meet you all in person!  As my Thanksgiving gift to you, I leave you with two unique ideas for cranberry sauce – both very delicious in their own subtle way.  One with some of the exotic flavors of Morocco – warm cinnamon, sweet fruit and a touch of olive oil and lemon.   And another, Cuban Style, with the tart factor of the fresh lime and the hmmm from the raw cacao – reminiscent of a rich Mole with lots of depth.

I only cooked both about 30 minutes to leave some of that whole cranberry texture – just enough to enjoy the gentle pop of cranberries in your mouth.

Bring on the holidays!

Moroccan Style Cranberry Sauce

 Moroccan Style Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup mixed dried fruits such as raisins, dates and apricots
1/2 cup water


1. Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan; bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover; simmer 30 minutes.

Cuban Style Cranberry Sauce

Cuban Style Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Items on Sale and Native Sun Natural Foods, November 7-December 6, 2012


1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 lime, zest and juice
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 tbsp raw cacao


1. Mix cranberries through orange juice in a small sauce pan; bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover; cook 30 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in cacao powder.


Moroccan Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 142.5
Total Fat 3.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 148.1 mg
Potassium 200.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 30.4 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 22.9 g
Protein 0.8 g

Cuban Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 61.8
Total Fat 0.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 151.2 mg
Potassium 102.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.9 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Sugars 12.4 g
Protein 0.4 g

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3 thoughts on “Two Unique Twists on Cranberry Sauce – Moroccan and Cuban

  • Sadie

    Thank you for sharing these recipes! I spent a long time poring over many other boring and bizarre cranberry sauce recipes this year, and when I found your blog post I had such trouble choosing between them that I made both – quickly, easily and with great resulting gustatory satisfaction. I tweaked the Cuban recipe a tad, in that I added a bit more sugar in the form of maple syrup (I had to throw something in to represent my home state). Happy Thanksgiving ~ thanks for making our table even more delicious this year!