5 Spice Cranberry Grape Relish

I have never been much of a fan of canned cranberry sauce, but I love the home made stuff! I eat get it once a year on Thanksgiving, so it is kind of special. Although I usually make it with just cranberries, I also have a delicious recipe that includes grapes as well.  Why grapes?  Well, they are actually really delicious when cooked and they add a natural sweetness to the tart cranberries so that you don’t need to add as much sweetener.  This recipe actually uses maple syrup, so it has no refined sugars and is much healthier than traditional cranberry sauce.  It can be made a day ahead of time, so it is perfect for serving with Thanksgiving dinner when you are worried about stove space as you finish cooking all of the other dishes.

Author: Amy

Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat, and cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring often until the cranberries and grapes have burst.
  2. Remove from heat, and pulse in the food processor until blended but still chunky.
  3. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours (or overnight, but cover the bowl after it has cooled if you are leaving it overnight).
  4. Serve!

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Recipe Type

  • Allergen Friendly
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Side Dish

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy