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Cranberry-Orange Pear + Apple Chutney {Paleo, GF, DF}

Updated: Jun 17

The perfect turkey accompaniment…or any white meat! This chutney takes cranberry sauce to the next level! Honey, fresh fruit + golden raisins help to sweeten up this Cranberry-Orange Pear + Apple Chutney with a bit of tang from the cranberries, orange + fresh ginger! Not only is this delicious, but it is also beautiful + your house will smell fabulous when you are making it! It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Bonus…this chutney can be made a week ahead!

My mom and I have been making a version of this chutney from Cooking Light Magazine for years now! It always made Thanksgiving a little more special when we would make it. It used to be something that only she and I enjoyed but this year my husband even loved it! We had an early Thanksgiving, celebrating with my family + Jeff’s parents and we all enjoyed this chutney for days! It certainly helped to “snazzy-up” the leftovers we ate ALL weekend long!;).

The Cooking Light version calls for a lot of sugar + crystallized ginger. I lightened-up the sugar-load + made it paleo-friendly by using honey + fresh ginger. Cooking light’s version also called for lemon juice but I thought orange juice would go well with cranberries + a little orange zest. Apples, golden raisins, cinnamon, cloves and even the onion (which I always thought was a little strange but totally works here!) all meld perfectly together in this chutney!

This is the perfect thing to take to a holiday dinner! It would also be very pretty as gifts in pretty mason jars + would be delicious on chicken or pork! I love that you can make it ahead!

Whether you are hosting or a guest for the holidays this Cranberry-Orange Pear + Apple Chutney is the perfect way to make your holiday meal even more special! I love that it has become a tradition in our family and I hope it becomes one in yours as well!

I would love to know one of your favorite holiday meal traditions in the comments below!

Much Love, Alicia

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things. -Psalm 107: 8-9 (NIV).

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Cranberry-Orange Pear + Apple Chutney {Paleo, GF, DF}

Course: condiment

Cuisine: dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo

Keyword: chutney, cranberries, cranberry chutney

Author: Alicia Raymond


  1. 1 12 oz package fresh cranberries

  2. 1 cup honey*

  3. 1 cup water

  4. scant 1 teaspoon salt

  5. 1/8 tsp ground cloves

  6. 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks (approximately)

  7. 1 1/2 cups smalled diced Bosc pear (about 1 large)

  8. 1 heaping cup small diced Honey Crisp apple (about 1 sm.-med.)

  9. 3/4 cup golden raisins

  10. 1/3 cup chopped onion

  11. 1 1/2 inch piece peeled fresh ginger (about 1 inch wide) grated on a micro-plain

  12. 1 tsp orange zest (loosely packed)

  13. 1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice


Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until the honey dissolves.

Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes (stirring frequently to prevent boiling over) until cranberries are breaking open.

Next, stir in pear, apple, raisins, onion, and ginger + orange zest.

Simmer for 20 minutes (stirring occasionally) until apples and pears are tender. Remove from the heat + stir in orange juice.

Cool to room temperature then discard the cinnamon sticks.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Can make up to a week ahead.



Recipe adapted from Cooking Light Magazine.*When I made this last time with lemon juice it was a bit more sweet. I also think I added a heaping cup of honey. This time it was more of a scant cup. If you would like it a bit more sweet, add a little more honey. Mine was a little more on the tart side this time. 

If looking for another dish to take to your next holiday party you may also want to check out this Kale Quinoa Apple Salad.

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