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Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (9 Reviews)


Updated June 19, 2014

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
This is the simplest homemade cranberry sauce -- no spices, no orange peel, nothing extra. It is about the thickness of pudding. I use it not only with turkey, but to put over yogurt or ricotta cheese for breakfast or a snack, or accompanying cheeses and nuts as a dessert. If you want something more jazzed up, try my cranberry chutney.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 bag of fresh or frozen (no sugar added) cranberries (12 oz)
  • Sugar substitute equal to 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Put cranberries in a pot on the stove, and pick through to remove soft and/or brown ones.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.

3. Stir frequently. The cranberries will pop, and then release their "gel" -- and the sauce will come together like magic. Cook until the sauce is the consistency you want, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Note: I used a liquid sweetener in this recipe, which added zero carbs. Powdered artificial sweeteners often use sugars as a base. For example, you could use one cup of Da Vinci's Simple Syrup instead of water.

Makes 8 servings of cranberry sauce, each approximately 1/4 cup. Each serving has 3 grams of effective carbohydrate and almost 2 grams of fiber.

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 4 out of 5
Made some changes..., Guest Deb

I made this last year, but I grew up on the canned cranberry sauce (with the ridges) and this tasted a little ""thin"" so this year I reduced 2 qts. of diet cranberry juice (already sweetened with Splenda) to 1 cup, added a bag of frozen cranberries and simmered until they popped and thickened the sauce. I then added 1 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1 packet unsweetened gelatine (dissolved in 1/8 cup cold water and then heated until melted.) I didn't need to add any additional sweetner. This cranberry sauce has the more concentrated flavor and firmer, thicker texture I am used to.

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