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Sugar-Free Dried Cranberries

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Updated June 25, 2014

Dried cranberries
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It took awhile to get this method down, but now that I know what to do, it's easy. The important thing is not to be afraid to squish them down in the first phase, or they won't fully dry - the soluble fiber in them "gels" and retains water unless it's exposed to the air.

These are great as part of a low carb trail mix.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time:

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 bag (12 oz) fresh whole cranberries
  • 1 C sugar substitute of your choice (can vary to taste)
  • 1/2 C water


Preheat oven to 200 F.

1. Put cranberries in large skillet, and pick through to remove soft and/or brown ones.

2. If sweetener is powdered, dissolve in water. (comparison of sources of "liquid Splenda"). Pour over cranberries and stir.

3. Heat on medium high until cranberries pop, about 4-5 minutes. Stir every minute or two. When all seem popped, turn off the burner and let them cool for 10 minutes.

4. Squish them down with the back of a large spoon. Don't worry if it seems they are melding together. Let cool another 5 minutes or so.

5. Cover baking sheet with three layers of paper towels and a piece of parchment paper. (I'm sure this would work great in a food dehydrator, but I don't have one.)

6. Spread cranberries on the parchment. Have faith -- they will mostly "individuate" again as they dry. If unpopped ones remain, squish them down now.

7. Put in oven and turn heat down to 150 F.

8. In 2-4 hours, replace parchment and flip paper towels over. (You don't have to do this, but it speeds up the process.)

9. Start checking after 6 hours. Total time depends upon humidity and other factors. It usually takes me about 8 hours. It also depends on whether you want to dry them to the point where they still have some "give" or whether you like them "crispier".

10. Separate them, and store covered (zip-type bags work well).

Carb Count:The whole recipe has 25 grams of effective carbohydrate and 16 grams of fiber.

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 5 out of 5
Sugar-free dried Cranberries, Guest Jan

Oddly enough I managed to buy fructose from Tesco which I preferred as there was no Aspartame in it and a natural fruit sugar seemed right to me somehow. I must have read too many recipes as I put in too much water a cup of instead of half. After 3 hours in the oven I decided to stop drying as the berries had gelled together nicely. I then put spoonfuls on to a baking sheet allowed to cool then placed in the freezer. Once frozen these will go into a suitable freezer container and can be used for sauce, in cereals such as porridge and baking. The tartness was just right with half a cup of fructose. Many thanks. This method of freezing I also use for mushy peas as you can take as many as needed with less mess.

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