Try this delicious Cranberry Pear Sauce recipe. With a touch of cinnamon and maple syrup, this simple cranberry pear sauce has the ideal balance of sweet and tangy flavors. A perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu!

Cranberry sauce goes well with Tofu Turkey and Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Tell me…do you like to plan ahead for the holidays or do you prefer to wait until the last minute? I’ll answer this one for you. If you’ve already completed your Christmas shopping, then you’re a to-do list maker. So today, I’ll share a sauce recipe that you can make ahead of time for serving.

Cranberry-Pear Sauce is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish that can be made ahead of time. One of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving sides. I adore the combination of its sweet and sour flavors, as well as it is simple to make and its taste delicious. But what I like best about this is that it’s healthier than store-bought versions because it’s free of artificial ingredients and preservatives.

The cranberry sauce is often overlooked. Or, at the very least, I didn’t appreciate the importance of cranberry sauce until I was an adult, but I now enjoy finding new ways to enhance it to a favorite Thanksgiving condiment.

Because I don’t like regular cranberry sauce, I frequently add other fruits to it. This pear variation is the one that my family asks for the most. It has a gorgeous ruby-red hue and is sweet and tart. I frequently make it ahead of time because it stays well in the refrigerator.

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Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving dinner is incomplete without this Cranberry Pear Sauce, which is much more than a traditional side dish. This sauce is excellent for you all year, not just around the holidays. I love to double this sauce and use it as a glaze for Lentil Loaf, a sandwich spread, and an addition to my favorite salad dressing. Try this Cranberry Pear Sauce with ice cream, or smoothies for an added nutritional boost.

Also, See How To Host Vegan Thanksgiving and Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

Cranberry And Pear Nutrition Value

Cranberries and pears are a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants.

Cranberries have a high nutritional and antioxidant content, making them a popular superfood. Indeed, research has connected cranberries’ nutrients to a lowered incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI),  decreased blood pressure, enhanced immunological function, and the prevention of some types of cancer.

Cranberries are mostly made up of carbohydrates and fiber. These are mostly simple carbohydrates like glucose, sucrose, and fructose. 

Cranberries are high in a variety of vitamins and minerals, including copper, manganese, vitamins C, E, and K1. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It is often known as ascorbic acid, is one of the most important antioxidants in cranberries.

It is necessary for maintaining healthy skin, muscles, and bones. Manganese is a mineral that may be found in most meals and is necessary for growth, metabolic activity, and the antioxidant of your body system. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.

A group of fat-soluble antioxidants that are necessary. Vitamin K1 is an essential nutrient that is required for blood coagulation and is also known as phylloquinone. Copper. A trace element that is frequently deficient in the diets of Westerners. Copper deficiency may have negative consequences for heart health. Also, See Cranberry Juice Benefits.

Pear, on the other hand, contains trace quantities of folate, provitamin A, and niacin. In addition to supporting healthy cell activity and energy production, folate, niacin, and provitamin A aid in maintaining healthy skin and the healing of wounds.

Pears have a fibrous interior and are delicate, sweet fruit. Pears are a good source of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber. They contain all of the important elements in a 100-calorie product that is fat-free and cholesterol-free.

Pears also contain a lot of vital elements, including copper and potassium. For example, potassium aids muscular contractions and heart function, whereas copper aids immunity, cholesterol metabolism, and neuron function.

Furthermore, these fruits are high in polyphenol antioxidants, which help to prevent oxidative damage. Eat the entire pear since the peel contains up to 6 times the amount of polyphenols as the flesh.

Preparing cranberry pear sauce

How to Prepare Cranberry-Pear Sauce?

Making this wholesome cranberry pear sauce is, fortunately, extremely simple and quick. So it doesn’t detract from whatever other meal I’m experimenting with in terms of time or effort. And, because you can make it in less than 15 minutes, you’ll have more time to concentrate on the turkey… or whatever else you’re preparing for Thanksgiving.  


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 ripe pear peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer for 5-10 minutes until cranberries begin to pop.
  3. Remove from the stove and allow to cool.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.

Uses Of Cranberry Pear Sauce

This cranberry pear sauce is delicious in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Surprisingly delicious served  Vegan Meatballs
  • A wonderful surprise cupcake filling
  • Delicious as a toast spread
  • Add it into your oatmeal
  • Swirl the sauce into coconut yogurt or ice cream

Storing Suggestions

Keep leftover cranberry pear sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. Alternatively, you can store the sauce in the freezer for up to six months.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use canned berries instead of fresh or frozen ones.
  • If your cranberry pear sauce becomes too thick, thin it out with 1-2 teaspoons of water over medium heat.
  • You may substitute any sweetener of your choice for the maple syrup mentioned in this recipe.


Try this cranberry pear sauce, and let me know how it turns out by leaving a comment on this post! Also, if you have any more unique uses for this sauce, please share them in the comments so I may include them in the post… Cook with gusto!

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(Per serving)
  • Energy: 113 kcal / 472 kJ
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Protein: .1 g
  • Carbs: 26.4 g

Cook Time



  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer for 5-10 minutes until cranberries begin to pop. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from the stove and allow to cool.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.