Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Let the Thanksgiving planning begin! I love Thanksgiving food, but just because everyone celebrates this holiday with a gigantic feast doesn’t mean you can’t make some better-for-you choices. This slow cooker cranberry sauce, for example, uses lots of fresh fruit ingredients and is less than 100 calories (and only 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints on myWW Green, Blue or Purple) per serving. As someone who has always stuck to the canned jelly variety in the past, I have to say, this tastes so much better (and I like the canned kind). This sauce is equal parts sweet and tart and has a really bold, fresh flavor. It tasted so good over turkey! I can’t even imagine if there were to be gravy added into the mix. In the past I’ve always eaten my cranberry jelly at room temperature, but I have to recommend you serve this sauce warm…it’s heavenly.

As a bonus, this cranberry sauce is made in your slow cooker and requires very little prep time, leaving your coveted stovetop and oven space free for other dishes. Everyone at your holiday table will be blown away by this sauce – I bet you’ll never go canned again!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Looking for more Thanksgiving sides? I’ll be posting others this month, but for now you can browse through previous posts like Stuffins, Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Balsamic Roasted Vegetables or Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing. Don’t forget dessert! Try Crustless Mini Pumpkin Pies or this Apple Cinnamon Tart


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 9 (1/4 cup) servings


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries (such as Craisins)
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest (from one large orange)
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice (also from a large orange)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • little pinch of salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir together. Cook for 2 hours on high or 3-4 on low until ingredients are softened and easy to combine. Using the back of a large spoon, mush the apples and berries together and then stir until well combined. Lick the spoon and serve hot or cold!


MyWW SmartPoints per (1/4 cup) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Green: 3 SmartPoints/ Blue: 3 SmartPoints/ Purple: 3 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
2 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information:
96 calories, 24 g carbs, 20 g sugars, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g protein, 3 g fiber (from

very slightly adapted from Peas & Crayons

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

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