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What are the first few things that come to mind when hearing the word Cranberry? I think Turkey, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sugar free Cranberry Sauce.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CRANBERRIES?
Cranberries are classed as a superfood because they are packed in vitamins and antioxidants.
In fact, studies have linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection, preventing certain types of cancer, improving immune function, and decreasing blood pressure.
HOW CAN YOU INCLUDE CRANBERRIES INTO YOUR DIET?
Cranberries can be consumed in different ways. As a sauce or juice. They can also be added to stuffing, casseroles, or desserts. Usually, I make craisins, to have them in my pantry. I would eat them alone or add them into Greek yogurt, homemade granola, muffins, cookies, or my sugar free snowball truffles to add extra flavor and nutrients.
Another way to consume them as a sauce is when you cook chicken or pork, layer on top, and enjoy. And my favorite form to eat my cranberry sauce is with my high-protein pancakes, waffles, and on my toasted sourdough bread.
These highly nutritious berries are also a staple of Thanksgiving dinner in America, I particularly never have celebrated this holiday, but Christmas and New year. Nevertheless, you should add them to your diet all year round.
HOW TO PRESERVE CRANBERRIES?
When the Cranberries arrive at the supermarkets, I always buy a little more than I would use during the holidays. I will just pop them in the freezer until I need them. Another way is by drying or dehydrating them in the oven.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE THIS SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE?
This sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe is ridonkulously easy. It takes just 20 minutes. But, I know soon enough many people want to know how to make a healthy version of it. That is when this sugar-free cranberry sauce comes into place. If you haven’t made cranberry sauce from scratch before, you’ll be making this from now and forever and never going back to buying the canned version.
The process to make low-carb sugar-free cranberry sauce is in fact the same as any other cranberry sauce. All you need to do is simmer together cranberries, water, sweetener of your choice, and orange zest. Then, try if you need more sweetener at this point is when I add the liquid stevia and the vanilla extract, at the end.
You can use granulated or powdered sweeteners. It all depends on the amount you use. For this recipe, I use granulated erythritol and allulose, and it worked beautifully. It didn’t crystallize at all; I think it is because a small amount was used. But if you are going to use a larger amount of the sweetener, I suggest using allulose as the sweetener of choice. It blends well into the sauce, without crystallizing even though after refrigerating it, also has no aftertaste, and is a natural sweetener.
HOW LONG DOES THIS SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE LAST?
I’d say at least a week in the fridge, as long as your sweetener is powdered or liquid. My last batch lasted 2 weeks, just make sure to use clean cutlery to scoop out the sauce to avoid contamination which will help to grow mold in the sauce.
This recipe is very flexible in terms of sweeteners, so feel free to use whatever you have. You could also use maple syrup and erythritol. Fresh cranberries in fact have a small amount of sugar naturally, and this helps the sauce thicken. It will gel a little, because of the pectin content, just like the traditional cranberry sauce.
No one will guess it’s a low sugar cranberry sauce, trust me on this one, my family and guests for Christmas didn’t even notice the difference. Adding orange juice actually adds natural sugar. Also, the orange zest adds that little tanginess, use as much or as little as you like, depending on how much you like orange.
If you prefer a paleo cranberry sauce, you still can use erythritol since it’s a natural sweetener. But if you don’t want to, feel free to swap it with something else, like coconut sugar, stevia, maple syrup, or honey. The recipe is very easy-going regarding which sweetener you want to use.
So let’s get started.
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Healthy Low Carb Sugar Free Cranberry SauceCourse: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, RecipesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
This healthy, sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe goes perfectly (not only) with Thanksgiving dishes but as jam on your gluten-free pancakes.
- Wash the cranberries and place them in a medium pot with the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir at medium heat with a wooden spoon or silicone. You will start to hear the cranberries pop, which means they are letting the juice out. Keep stirring until a thick paste consistency is reached. At this point try it carefully, don’t burn remember it’s hot, how sweet it is, and adjust as you desire.
- Let it fully cool down and transfer to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
- Remember to calculate the net carbs you need to subtract the fiber and sugar alcohol from the total carb. I.e. net carb = total carb – fiber – sugar alcohol in this recipe would be Net carb = 6.9 – 0.7 – 4 = 2.2. This means that the NET CARB per 30g is 2.2g
- *If you experience crystalization with erythritol use allulose instead. I think depend on the brand can crystalized more or less.
30 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories29
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Sodium 0.6mg 1%
- Potassium 16mg 1%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
- Sugars 4.8g
- Protein 0.1g 1%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.