So, whether you’ve been assigned to make the cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, or you want to bring something but don’t have time or are overwhelmed by everything else, or want everyone to sing your praises this Thanksgiving, then this Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple is especially for you!

Also, Check out Cranberry Pear Sauce and Cranberry Sauce From Dried Cranberries

Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple

This Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple takes your traditional cranberry sauce to a whole new level of deliciousness. This sauce would appeal to even non-cranberry eaters. This sauce is crowd-pleasing, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving turkey.

What makes this cranberry sauce so special is the addition of crushed pineapple with juice and fresh cranberries. This texture and flavor combination is outstanding! It has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. Additionally, this sauce is sweetened perfectly with Pineapples, reducing the amount of added sugar.

This sauce is also quite easy to prepare and can be made up to a week ahead of time. Simply refrigerate in an airtight jar/container and serve chilled.

Scroll down for the detailed recipe. But I suggest reading the complete article for useful tips and suggestions if you want to make a perfect sauce every time.

This sauce takes very little time to prepare but offers a lot of nutrition and health benefits.

Cranberries nutrition:

Cranberry, a bright red North American fruit, is a carb and fiber-dense fruit. Additionally, it contains numerous essential nutrients, including copper, manganese, vitamins C, E, and K1, several of which have been demonstrated to be beneficial against urinary tract infections.

Higher fiber intake lowers a person’s risk of acquiring stroke, diabetes, obesity, and certain stomach problems.

Vitamin C helps in boosting the immune system, reducing the oxidative stress induced by free radicals, increasing plant-based iron uptake, and encouraging collagen production to aid in wound healing.

Cranberries are high in antioxidants, which may be helpful for cardiovascular health, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure, and even cancer prevention.

Pineapple nutrition:

Pineapple is high in manganese, zinc, and vitamin C. Phosphorus, calcium, choline, iron, vitamin K, and different vitamin B are all available in trace amounts. These nutrients support bone health, tissue repair, energy efficiency, muscular development, and the immune system.

Pineapples are high in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from diseases.   

Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, prevents inflammation, helps digestion, helps people with pancreatic insufficiency, and prevents various chronic diseases.

High amounts of bromelain in pineapples can help to destroy toxins and cancer cells.  The same enzyme can delay or stop cancerous cell development in the body. The greatest part of this fruit is that it reduces cell damage and makes you look healthier.

Vitamin C and beta-carotene are high in pineapple, two antioxidants that can assist with fine line elimination, general skin tone or structure enhancement, and scarring from the sun and pollution.

Vitamin C also helps the body produce collagen, a natural protein that gives the skin its form and protects it.

cranberry pineapple sauce ingredients

How to make Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple?

Fortunately, preparing this healthy and delicious cranberry pineapple sauce is incredibly simple and easy. As a result, it does not detract from the time or effort spent on the other meal you’re experimenting with. You’ll have more time to focus on the turkey or anything else you are preparing for Thanksgiving because it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.


  • 1 (12 ounces) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup or cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated

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  1. Sort and wash cranberries, add to a saucepan with crushed pineapple with juice, water, sugar, ginger and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer until cranberries pop and sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir frequently and keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and allow it to cool. Keep refrigerated until serving.

What to do with leftovers?

Do you have any leftover cranberry pineapple sauce? Serve leftover cranberry pineapple sauce with vegan yogurt and granola, dollop it into your oatmeal or use it as a spread for toast or sandwiches.

This cranberry pineapple sauce also tastes delicious with vanilla ice cream or smeared over a tofu turkey sandwich. It also goes well with pancakes, waffles, muffins, and other such baked goods.

Alternatively, you can store the leftovers in the freezer and use them later. Why not prepare a big batch and store up a part for Easter?

This cranberry sauce will keep in an airtight jar/container for up to six months in the freezer. Just make sure to cool the sauce completely at room temperature before storing. To defrost, let it thaw in the refrigerator or room temperature before serving.

Recipe substitutions and variations:

Hold here for a moment and take a look at these possible substitutions and variations:

  • I used fresh cranberries in this recipe; however, you can also substitute them with dried or frozen cranberries.
  • You may substitute any sweetener of your choice instead of the sweetener mentioned in this recipe.
  • You can add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla; they nicely complement the flavor of this sauce.
  • Add some apple chunks or some orange juice for an extra-special touch.

Just be careful not to overdo it on the add-ins; otherwise, your sauce will lose its unique flavor!

Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • It’s best to let this sauce rest one day before serving.
  • If your cranberry pineapple sauce turns too thick, thin it out with 1-2 tablespoons of water over medium heat.
  • If you want a smooth Cranberry Pineapple Sauce, blend the sauce once it has completed simmering. Use an immersion blender right in the pot, or transfer the sauce into a food processor or blender. Keep in mind that it is better to wait until the sauce has cooled if you are transferring it. Process until the desired consistency is achieved. 

Give this recipe a try, and let me know how it turns out by leaving a comment on this post! Happy Thanksgiving!

More Thanksgiving recipes:

  1. Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
  2. My Best Cranberry Recipes
  3. Best Vegan Mac And Cheese Recipes
  4. Best Roasted Vegetables
  5. Pumpkin Recipes

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Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple in a white bowl

Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple

For Thanksgiving, try this homemade Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple. It is sweet and tangy, plus amazingly delicious, simple, stress-free, and easy to prepare ahead of time!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 76kcal


  • 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger


  • Sort and wash cranberries, add to a saucepan with crushed pineapple with juice, water, sugar, ginger and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer until cranberries pop and sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir frequently and keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning.
  • Take the pan off the heat and allow it to cool. Keep refrigerated until serving.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.004g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.1mg