This is the best sugar free cranberry sauce recipe! This healthy cranberry sauce uses orange juice, vanilla extract and grated apple instead of sugar. With hints of cinnamon and vanilla it’s perfect for the holidays and is safe for those with diabetes and on a vegan, low carb, paleo or Whole30 diet.
Why you will love this recipe:
- It’s so easy to make and doesn’t require any sugar!
- This healthy cranberry sauce can be made with fresh or frozen cranberries.
- Instead of sugar substitutes like monk fruit, stevia, Splenda or Truvia, which many sugar free cranberry sauce recipes use, this one relies on the natural sweetness from fruits instead. It’s the best no sweetener cranberry sauce.
- It has the perfect amount of sweetness from the orange juice, vanilla extract and shredded apple, which combines beautifully with the tart cranberries.
- It is a great diabetic cranberry sauce and it’s great if you are counting carbs or looking for a lower carb cranberry sauce.
- This is a healthy cranberry sauce that is also gluten free, dairy free and safe for paleo, vegan, SCD, GAPS, keto and Whole30 diets and is entirely plant based.
- It is the perfect side dish to serve with turkey dinner, and all your favourite Christmas and Thanksgiving recipes like pecan pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and stuffing.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Fresh or frozen cranberries – the star of this recipe! Cranberries are a healthy fruit that are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. You can use either fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries for this recipe.
- Apples – to make the grated apple which helps gives this cranberry sauce it’s natural sweetness, without adding any sugar.
- Oranges – for making the orange juice that is used to help naturally sweeten this cranberry sauce.
- Vanilla extract – to help enhance the flavours and give this cranberry sauce a hint of vanilla flavour.
How to make this recipe:
First you will need to grate your apple and measure it.
Then place all of the ingredients into a medium pot or medium saucepan and place it on the stove. Turn it on to medium heat and bring the ingredients to a boil.
Next, reduce heat and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes, until it reaches the consistency and thickness you desire.
Now serve and enjoy!
Tips and variations:
- You can use either fresh or frozen cranberries to make this cranberry sauce – if you use frozen cranberries you will need to add a few minutes of cooking time.
- To make this recipe a little sweeter feel free to add a little honey or maple syrup.
- If you would like a stronger orange flavour add 1-2 tablespoons of orange zest.
- If you are serving a crowd feel free to double or triple this recipe.
How to store:
This cranberry sauce makes great leftovers and can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 7 days.
Frequently asked questions:
Many traditional cranberry sauce recipes do use a lot of sugar so diabetics would have to be careful when consuming them and watch their sugars closely. This sugar free cranberry sauce is perfect for diabetics because it doesn’t use any sugar.
Will cranberry sauce thicken without sugar?
Absolutely! The longer you simmer cranberry sauce, even if it doesn’t have any sugar added, the thicker it will get as the amount of liquid will decrease the longer the cranberries are cooked.
Instead of sugar you can sweeten cranberry sauce with fruit including fresh orange juice or grated apple to make it less sweet.
Is this a keto cranberry sauce recipe?
This cranberry sauce recipe has 9 grams of carbohydrates, with 5 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and a net carb count of 7 grams per serving. It could fit in with a keto diet as long as the rest of the food you are eating does not push you over your carb count for the day.
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- Christmas Chicken
- Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast
- Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Drizzle
- Dairy Free Brownies with Caramel
- Carrot Cake Donuts
Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce
This sugar free cranberry sauce is so easy to make with orange juice, grated apple, vanilla extract and cinnamon. It's perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas and is paleo and Whole30 compliant!
Add all the ingredients to a medium pot and place it on the stove.
Turn on the heat to medium and bring the ingredients to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the cranberries are the texture you desire.
Remove from the heat and serve and enjoy!
- This cranberry sauce makes great leftovers and can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- If you want to make it a little sweeter feel free to add a little honey or maple syrup.
- If you would like a stronger orange flavour add a bit of orange zest.