Homemade Cranberry Almond Sauce with Planter’s Cocoa Almonds

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In my opinion, cranberry sauce is under-rated! I am sure that I am not alone when I say that many of the dishes we create for holidays we are thinking about leftovers. While Cranberry Sauce is great for leftovers don’t forget to appreciate it’s important during the holiday meal! What really sets my Cranberry Sauce a part is the Planter’s Cocoa Almonds that I add in to make it a little Better-for-You found at many retailers including Wal-Mart.

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Let’s get to making some Cranberry Almond Sauce with our secret weapon…

Planter’s Cocoa Almonds! I #GoNutsForNuts especially these Cocoa Almonds. They are the perfect blend of flavors to offer a healthy balance when you are craving something slightly sweet yet nutritious.

PlantersCocoaAlmonds1#adHomemade cranberry sauce is NOTHING like the canned stuff so be prepared to fall in love with cranberry sauce if you are use to the canned. I use diet cranberry cherry juice and oranges to help tone down the tartness since some people prefer sweeter cranberry sauce.


Now a storage baggie and a glass cup turn those delicious Cocoa Almonds in the perfect size “chopped” nuts for Cranberry Almond Sauce

PlantersCocoaAlmondschopped#ad Stir the cranberry mixture with some of the chopped Planter’s Cocoa Almonds {Don’t forget to leave some for garnishing!}


and Voila!


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Homemade Cranberry Almond Sauce
Recipe type: side dish
Recreate traditional Cranberry Sauce with Cocoa Almonds
  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup diet cran-cherry juice
  • 1 cup sweetener (stevia, xylitol, sugar, etc...)
  • ½ cup Planter's Cocoa Almonds (chopped)
  1. Grate some zest off of oranges and set aside.
  2. Peel oranges. Then break apart oranges into segments (discard membrane and any seeds).
  3. Pour bag of cranberries into sauce pan. Then sprinkle with sweetener and cranberry juice. Cook until cranberries begin to soften and pop. (break open) and mix thickens about 7-10 minutes.
  4. During last few minutes stir in orange segments (cut them into smaller chunks if you like).
  5. Place in refrigerator to cool.
  6. Serve as traditional cranberry sauce or top favorite dishes to add a festive twist!


and if you happen to have leftovers…

with Pork


 or with french toast



  1. allison downes says

    I agree that cranberry sauce is under-rated! It is one of my favorite foods. This looks like a nice little spin on it! I didn’t even know that planters had this type of almonds. I will probably give this recipe a try. Thank you for sharing! Looks yummy.

  2. Jenna Wood says

    Wow, cranberry sauce is a staple on our table every year, but I never considered adding nuts, this sounds so simple and delicious! #client

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