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Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce

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Cranberry sauce is a must on my holiday table for Thanksgiving. This simple sauce is sweetened with pineapples to reduce the amount sugar of added.

Cranberry sauce is a must on my holiday table for Thanksgiving. This simple sauce is sweetened with pineapples to reduce the amount sugar of added.Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce

The perfect combination of sweet and tart. Even non-cranberry eaters would like this. Serve this with turkey, or it’s even great with pork.  Make this the night before!

You might also like my chunkier Cranberry Pear Sauce for the holidays where I use agave or honey instead of sugar. Or my slow cooker Cran- Pear Butter if you have extra fruit and is perfect for leftovers! I love using this the day after Thanksgiving on a turkey leftover sandwich.

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Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce

4.80 from 5 votes
Cranberry sauce is a must on my holiday table for Thanksgiving. This simple sauce is sweetened with pineapples to reduce the amount sugar of added.
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Cranberry sauce is a must on my holiday table for Thanksgiving. This simple sauce is sweetened with pineapples to reduce the amount sugar of added.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 20 minutes
Serving Size: 1 /4 cup


  • 8 oz fresh cranberries
  • 20 oz can pineapple in pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar, or agave


  • Drain liquid from pineapples into a measuring cup. Add water so that you have a total of 1 cup liquid. Add to sauce pan with sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Place cranberries in a food processor or chopper and chop fine.
  • Add to pan and stir well.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick (about 10 minutes).
  • Place pineapple in a food processor and chop. Add crushed pineapples to cranberry sauce and cook one more minute.
  • Allow to cool then place in a covered container and refrigerate overnight.

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Serving: 1 /4 cup, Calories: 54.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Protein: 0.5 g, Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 1 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 12 g




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48 comments on “Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce”

  1. This was easy and ok. I lifted it to very good by adding cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and nutmeg. No change in points, but it tasted less ‘pineapplely’ to me.

    1. Thanks, Joei. I agree that it was definitely an easy recepie and just ok. I’ll follow your lead and mix in the spices you mentioned. Hopefully my cranberry pineapple sauce will be elevated to very good, too.

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    Joyce Stephenson

    Maybe someone has already given you an edited version without sugar of the Pineapple-Cranberry Sauce.  I use 0.6 oz. sugar-free Jello of any red flavor, 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple in its natural juice (d not drain), 1/2-cup water, 1-lb.of cranberries.  Place cranberries in medium saucepan, add pineapple with juice, add sugar-free Jello choice, and add 1/2-cup water.  Bring to boil, with lid covering, simmer until some of the berries pop, Add 1/2-teaspoon of lemon or lime juice.   Set aside until cooled before placing in a blender/Vitamix.  Turn on blender/Vitamix for about 45 seconds until well liquified.  Pour into single storage container and chill for about three hours, or pour into single dessert cups and chill in refrigerator until serving time.  A friend of mine added that she placed individual cups in the freezer to lightly freeze into a gelato texture.  I haven’t tried that yet.  

  3. Your recipe here is wonderful! I made it for Thanksgiving and changed the sugar to Monkfruit sweetener.  I found this recipe to be bright and light in flavor and texture. Thank you. Do you have any hard copy recipe books with the WW smart points? I’d love to buy one, I still like using recipe books!

    1. Yes, I have a few cookbooks- you can find them on Amazon or bookstores. The points however are listed in this site, under the cookbook tab. 🙂

  4. Love the cranberry pineapple combo, orange rind gives it a really nice touch. I just cooked the cranberries instead of chopping them, my family enjoys the whole cranberry sauce. I also purchased the crushed pineapple, drained the juice. I added a little zyletol just to cut down on the bitter taste. This recipe is amazing. Thank you 

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    joan mendieta

    I alternate between this recipe and your cranberry pear sauce, With this recipe, I love the sauce chunky so I use crushed pineapple and just cook with cranberries, follow recipe . My holiday meals are easy, delicious and healthy.

  6. So happy I found this recipe! My mother made this cranberry sauce except she used 1 cup of sugar. I was going to cut back on the sugar this year but wasn’t sure how much to cut back. It tastes awesome and I think that next year I might be able to cut back to 1/4 cup sugar. (I keep the berries whole).

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  9. Wow! Amazing sauce. Will definitely make this one part of our traditional Thanksgiving feast. Thanks so much for a different take on Cranberry Sauce.

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    Through Loopys Lens

    Made this at Christmas and it was awful. My daughter tried and she didn't like it either. Not sure why. Followed it to the letter but neither one of us liked it. I love cranberries and pineapple but I guess I just don't like them together.

  12. I made this last Thanksgiving and added a touch of nutmeg. It was delicious and has already been requested for this year's festivities.

    1. Yup. I made cranberry sauce last Fall and froze 2 batches to have them available to eat all year. Just re-heat in a sauce pan. Yum!

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        Cookbooks!!! Amazing!!Annmarie

        Thanks was wondering if could be frozen.. I have everyone of her cookbooks!! Love them!!

  13. My sister-in-law made this sauce on Thanksgiving and it was so delicious! I asked her for the recipe and she turned me on to your website. She didn't tell me it had Weight Watchers points too. I've been in the program for a few years and it's so nice to have points already totaled on another website and not have to use etools every time I want to make a new recipe. Thanks!

  14. I made this over the weekend and served it with smoked turkey. We also put it on little rolls and made turkey sandwiches with the leftovers. It is delicious – I plan to serve it with pork as well. It tastes more complicated than it is – everyone loved it. I don't think they will miss the fattening one I used to make. Thanks, Gina!

  15. Thank you for this wonderful combination together. Going to make this before Thanksgiving. Sounds wonderful.

  16. I made this for Thanksgiving, and everyone loved it so much, they requested it for Christmas. Even my super picky grandma liked it! God bless you, Gina!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Oh sorry, I thought I answered, I just prefer it that way, but you can keep them whole if you wish!

  18. My husband and mother in law are diabetic, so I used Splenda to keep the sugar down, and it still came out delicious! Thanks, I will definitely be making this on Thanksgiving 🙂 🙂 🙂

  19. Hi Gina,
    I was wondering if you knew if it was possible to use an artificial sweetener such as Splenda in this recipe, or if that wouldn't work. Thanks!

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    Farmgirl Susan

    I just love the idea of combining pineapple with cranberries. I bet it tastes fantastic. Thanks for the great idea, Gina! 🙂

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Ali, I'm glad you liked it. I find cranberries too tart but hate adding all that sugar so adding pineapples is a nice we to sweeten them up.

  22. I really enjoyed this and it will be making an appearance on our Thanksgiving table in lieu of traditional cranberry sauce this year. I love cranberry sauce, but often it is soooo sweet. This was perfect! It's still very sweet, but lacking the overkill factor. I prefer my cranberries whole, so I put the pineapple chunks in the blender and then added that to the whole cranberries that had popped on the stove. LOVED it!! My husband isn't a big cranberry sauce fan and even he said this was good. Thanks Gina!

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    Healthy Mamma

    Ooooo, my mouth is watering now! I adore cranberries. I love that you use fresh cranberries here! I make a yummy cranberry orange compote for on top of our Belgian Pumpkin Waffles. I can't wait to try it w pineapple now!

  24. Great blog, Gina. Sounds like we share the same love of cooking with fresh ingredients. Great eye appeal.

  25. Hello Gina how are you? I need to loose 50 lbs and Thanks to finding your site 🙂 I have decided to join WW and start a new thing for my life. It was great finding you and to see all the work you have put towards your site amazes me Thank you so much for the help and Thank you for being this great person helping others like you do God Bless you always

  26. Wow, Gina…this looks delish! I love cranberry sauce and I'm going to have to try this version this Thanksgiving! Thanks so much!

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  28. I have always brought fresh cranberries to a boil in the liquid and let them boil until you start to hear them pop. Would that work too, or is there a reason you have to chop the cranberries before you place them in the boiling liquid? I'm all for simplicity. 😀 Sounds like a great recipe, can't wait to try it!

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    Okay, this sounds amazing. I usually think cranberry sauce is too tart on its own, and I realllly like the sound of adding oh-so-sweet pineapple to the mix. I can just imagine it on my leftover turkey sammy now…brilliant!

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    Medifast Coupon

    Thanks so much for your cranberry sauce recipe. I am always on the look-out for new recipe ideas when making my cranberry sauce. Have used red or white wine a few times and orange juice and apple juice. Just like always re-inventing a family favorite.

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    The Chef In My Head

    I love cranberries and usually make them with orange juice. This sounds like a nice change and so pretty too! Great recipe ~ LeslieMichele

  32. Thank you very much for all these lovely weight watchers recipes I've lost a stone in 2 months (doctors orders to lose weight) and I feel so much better for it. I'm so happy I found your website it really helps to be able to find a recipe at the click of a button and knowing the points for it.

    Kind regards Edith