Make your dinner a little sweeter with this delicious, healthy Paleo Cranberry Applesauce. Perfect for holidays or a week night side dish! This post is sponsored by my friends at Vital Proteins. I love adding their Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides to this applesauce for a little extra nutrient boost!
Can you guys believe its November right now and that Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away? I know I can’t. I feel like it was just 5 minutes ago that we were sitting on the beach relaxing in the sun (as I type this I giving side eyes to my winter coat. It’s gettin’ chilly here in the North East!) Even though I’m not a fan of the cold, I do love Thanksgiving. Being with my family is my favorite thing. We have Thanksgiving dinner at my mom’s house and I love having everyone together to laugh and enjoy my favorite thing – food!
When I first started eating healthier, I was kind of shocked at some of the things that we eat on Thanksgiving. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m ALL for indulging, but some of the classic recipes we make are just downright gross. I know that I’m a little picky/weird, but let’s just take Green Bean Casserole for example. Have you ever looked at ingredients in that?! We take delicious, healthy green beans and douse them in canned cream of mushroom soup (which grosses me out because who thought to make creamy mushroom soup. Bleh.), butter, and fried onions. The poor things don’t even stand a chance!
If you love green bean casserole I’m sorry… Maybe it really does taste good but IDK… I can’t even watch people eat it because it grosses me out so much! Now give me some homemade cornbread loaded with butter.. or fresh apple pie… NOW we’re talkin’. That’s the good stuff.
When I was a kid I loooooved canned cranberry sauce.. Like literally would eat it by the jar. You know.. the one that maintains it’s shape no matter what you do to it and kind-of tastes/feels like jello + also has enough high fructose corn syrup in it to literally send you in to diabetic shock? (Minor exaggerations here, but you get the point.) Well one year we homemade cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner. My mind was blown. That stuff was DELISH! It tasted like cranberry sauce is supposed to taste! To this day – I rarely ever eat the canned stuff. Once you have the real thing, you can’t go back!
Now cranberry sauce is good on its own, and I had all intentions of sharing a cranberry sauce recipe with you guys to try on Thanksgiving. However, once I was in the kitchen I realized that the cranberry sauce would have a lot more flavor it had some apples in it. Two fall/Thanksgiving side dishes, all in one! We had apples that were on their way out so I chopped them up + put them in the pan while cooking the cranberry sauce… and then we got Paleo Cranberry Applesauce. It’s a little tart, but sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and full of fall flavor from the apples. It also has a pretty awesome little nutritional boost from Vital Protein’s Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides. You can definitely make this recipe without the peptides, but you’ll be missing out on all the benefits that they have to offer!
Adding collagen peptides to my daily routine has changed my hair, skin, and nails completely. Before, I used to have brittle nails, and my hair would take forever to grow. Now, I add a scoop of peptides wherever I can to help with the growth and I have no problems at all! I love the plain, unflavored peptides for coffee in the morning, but their flavored peptides are great for baking and cooking with! Whole cranberries can be tart, so the mixed berry peptides give this the perfect amount of sweetness.
This would be the perfect recipe to share with your family and friends on Thanksgiving… or make + keep for yourself! I put it in overnight oats, served it as a side with pork roast, ate it as a snack… the possibilities are endless!
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup whole cranberries, pulsed until fine
- 4 cup finely chopped apples
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides
- In a pot over stovetop, add all ingredients, and stir to combine
- Turn stove on medium high heat, and allow the ingredients to simmer, stirring every few minutes for 10-15 minutes or until apples begin to soften.
- Serve and enjoy!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions or dishes? I’m looking forward to sharing this as something new, but know that I’ll be diving in to my mom’s turnips + turkey.. but also saving lots of room for homemade pumpkin & apple pies after dinner!
Looking for other things to serve at Thanksgiving? Try these Paleo Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!
Or these Crispy Rosemary Smashed Potatoes!
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