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I have been making these Sugar Free Dried Cranberries for the last year or two, to add them to my Christmas recipes and to munch on them every now and then.
Here in Ireland, it is not common to find in the supermarkets dry cranberries like finding raisins. And if you are lucky enough, weeeell, they are usually packed with lots of sugar and additives. That’s why I started to make my own dried cranberries at home with my sweeteners of choice.
How to sweeten Cranberries?
I think I finally found the right combination and amounts of sweeteners for this Sugar Free Dried Cranberries Recipe. As you may know, Cranberries are pretty tart on their own, for that reason I made my own mix of Erythritol, Stevia powdered and allulose, resulting in the best sweet point without being too overly sweet and when you can still taste a bit of the cranberries tartness.
You will see in the list of ingredients that I incorporated 2 extracts Valencian orange and maple syrup extract (do not get confused with the syrup). Why did I do this? Well, I think are the perfect combination of flavors to enhance the cranberries’ tartness and help to improve the sweetness in them.
I made these Sugar-Free Dried Cranberries in the oven but if you have a dehydrator you can do it there too. I do not own one. If you choose the oven method, this is faster than the dehydrator that needs around 8 hours or so for the cranberries to be ready. But also, using the oven uses a lot more energy. So it is your choice!
Why Frozen Cranberries?
Well, I learned the hard way you may say. I started using fresh cranberries, but to be honest, was a mess. All its juice was all over my hands and the cutting board and I didn’t like that. So, I froze the cranberries to try if it would work this way. And guess what? It works perfectly. No mess, only cold fingers, nothing mayor.
How you can use dried Cranberries in your baking and everyday cooking?
You have made this big batch recipe, and wonder how you can use them? That is easy, check the links below for great recipe ideas.
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SUGAR FREE DRIED CRANBERRIESCourse: recipes, snacks, keto, low carbDifficulty: Easy
These sugar-free dried cranberries recipe is easy to make in the oven in the oven. Great for snacking, add-ins in cookies, muffins, granola, and more.
- Preheat oven at 100 C / 200 F.
- Wash the cranberries with warm water about 28 to 30 C not hot.
- Now you have 2 options cut the cranberries in halves or squish them down with the face blade of the knife.
- Put the prepared cranberries in a bowl and add all the ingredients but the oil.
- Line a baking tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with the oil.
- Transfer the cranberries mixture to the baking sheet.
- Place the baking tray into the preheated oven at 100 C for 3 hrs (could be more or less). Do not stir for the first hour, after the first-hour mark stir every 20min to avoid burning the cranberries.
- Remember first we need to subtract the sugar alcohol from the total carb and that would be your total carb = 11 – 6.25 = 4.75. Now to calculate the net carbs you need to subtract the fiber from the total carb. I.e. net carb = total carb – fiber in this recipe would be Net carb = 4.75 – 2 = 2.75. This means that the NET CARB per 1 serving 3 Tbsp is 2.75g
16 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories21
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0g 0%
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 0mg 0%
- Potassium 0mg 0%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
- Sugars 2g
- Protein 0g 0%
* 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.