It makes me sad that cranberry sauce gets a bad rap because of the common understanding that it comes gelled out of a can. Don’t get me wrong—before I was more conscious about the food I consumed, I lived for the red-jellied blob that came complete with all the can markings. Today? Not so much.
That said, my family holiday meals still include a side of cranberry sauce, no matter what—but now it’s this homemade recipe for low-sugar or sugar-free cranberry sauce. If you use honey as your sweetener, this recipe is low-sugar. If you use stevia, then this is a sugar-free cranberry sauce.
This seasonal fruit is the perfect side to turkey, chicken, roast beef, or a holiday ham. And let’s not discount how healthy it is for our bodies. These little berries offer both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which we all need in our life.
Whichever way you make it, this low-sugar or sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe is easy and delicious. Because whether it’s a brunch or formal dinner, everyone needs their yearly dose of cranberries — especially when they are fresh and in season.
Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
My family holiday meals still include a side of cranberry sauce—but now it’s this homemade recipe for low-sugar or sugar-free cranberry sauce. If you use honey as your sweetener, this recipe is low-sugar. If you use stevia, then this is a sugar-free cranberry sauce.
- 12- ounce bag of fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon raw local honey or 1/3 teaspoon liquid stevia
Add all ingredients to saucepan.
Heat over mid-low heat for about 10 minutes or until the berries start popping.
Stir and lower to simmer for another 10 minutes.
Refrigerate or serve warm. Enjoy!
If you use honey, this recipe is compliant on Kickstart. If you use stevia, it is compliant for Lifestyle and Performance levels.