Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

By Rena |

Make this Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce! It is Gluten-free and very easy to make using Granulated Erythritol instead of refined sugar for a healthier option during this holiday season and much better than the canned version.

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This Homemade Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce is very easy to make and ready in about 15 minutes using just a handful of ingredients. It’s a perfect side dish to pair with chicken or turkey so it will be a winner on your Thanksgiving dinner table. You really can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey and in turn, can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce can you?

Why this recipe is so good

  • Easy: So easy to make, only 4 ingredients, 15 mins from the pantry to table!
  • Healthy: Uses Granulated Erythritol, instead of granulated sugar, for a perfectly sweet but sugar-free sauce. Plus it’s gluten-free!
  • Delicious: Simple and natural ingredients make for a full-bodied and flavorful condiment!

Ingredients

  • Cranberries: You can use fresh or frozen.
  • Water
  • Granulated Erythritol: This is the sugar substitute, it is not as sweet as stevia but adds just enough sweetness to the sauce.
  • Vanilla Extract

How to make Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

  • Cook: Bring water to a boil then add cranberries and simmer.
  • Mix: Once softened, smash cranberries with a spoon and stir in the erythritol and vanilla.
  • Cool: Allow to cool before serving

sugar free cranberry sauce in pot

An easy homemade Cranberry Sauce

You’ll never go back to store bought with such an easy recipe to hand! Only 4 ingredients and less than 10 minutes ‘cook’ time. It’s not really even cooking!

Thanksgiving has you juggling all kinds of tasks, but just whip up a big batch of this delicious cranberry sauce and you’ll be sorted, no last-minute trips to the grocery store.

A healthy condiment

Ok, so Thanksgiving isn’t always synonymous with healthy but there are some easy wins when it comes to cutting back on condiments loaded with calories. Store-bought cranberry sauce can be loaded with corn syrup and high in calories,  this sauce is made from natural ingredients, sugar-free and gluten-free, with only 15 calories per serving, as opposed to over 100 calories with store-bought!

Storing this Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

If you plan to use your sugar-free cranberry sauce right away, regular granulated erythritol works great. You can still use granulated if you think you’ll have leftovers, but the sauce will crystallize sooner in this case.

Confectioner’s-style powdered erythritol blends well into the sauce, keeps longer without crystallizing, has no aftertaste, and is a natural sweetener.

If you’ll be storing your sauce at all,  the powdered version is best. That way, the sauce won’t become crunchy. How long does cranberry sauce last? About a week in the fridge, as long as your sweetener is powdered or liquid.

The recipe is actually very flexible in terms of sweetener, so you can use whatever natural sweetener you have to hand. The cranberries have a small amount of natural sugar in them too. Your guests won’t know the sauce is sugar-free!

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • When you hear the cranberries popping they are cooked!
  • Don’t worry about thawing frozen cranberries. As you’re cooking them anyway it won’t matter.
  • Fresh orange and lemon peels add a nice citrusy hit.
  • Add a few slices of spicy fresh ginger for a spiced kick.

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Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Easy to make cranberry sauce that's refined sugar-free and gluten-free
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 15kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Erythritol
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  • Place the cranberries and water into a small pot and turn on high heat.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes or until cranberries start to pop.
  • The cranberries should be soft enough to mash with a spoon. Stir in the erythritol and vanilla.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Serve.

Notes

When you hear the cranberries popping they are cooked!
Don't worry about thawing frozen cranberries. As you're cooking them anyway it won't matter.
Fresh orange and lemon peels add a nice citrusy hit.
Add a few slices of spicy fresh ginger for a spiced kick.

Nutrition

Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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