My buddy Naomi suggested that I make some apple sauce when she visited from NYC two weeks ago. Actually, she insisted and we bought a bunch of ingredients at Your Dekalb Farmers’ Market. So, here I sat weeks later, lots of apples, cranberries, and cinnamon in my house and no recipe. So, I got on the internets and came up with this. (based on this one from epicurious)

Cran-Apple Sauce

Cran-Apple Sauce


  • 5 apples (any kind, I used 3 red delicious and 2 gala)
  • 6oz. whole cranberries
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks (3″ long)
  • 1 tsp. powdered orange peel (could substitute some OJ)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Cran-Apple Sauce Ingredients


Peel and core the apples and cut them into bite-size bits. Put these into a large pot with all other ingredients. Stir the mixture somewhat until all the sugar/spices/juices are mixed up. Then bring the whole thing to a simmer. Allow it to cook covered for 15 minutes, then uncovered for another 5. Remove it from heat and take out the cinnamon sticks. After that, get after the sauce with a wooden spoon until the apples are as mashed as you like. (I prefer it chunky, so I pretty much left it alone. You could use a fork/beater/blender if you wanted it smoother) Then, let it cool and enjoy!

Peeled Apples

This was super easy to make and tastes really good. Give it a try, and let me know what you think. (You know, I wanted to call this post “Vegan Cran-Apple Sauce,” but… lets be honest. Who puts meat in apple sauce?!)

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