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Refined Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

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Why opt for the canned stuff when you can make homemade cranberry sauce? Using just five ingredients, this super simple cranberry sauce recipe is free from refined sugar, and beats the store-bought version any day! Whether you're making it for a classic American Thanksgiving menu, Christmas dinner, or just a regular meal, this refined sugar-free, low-carb cranberry sauce is absolutely delicious. You can enjoy it with meatballs as an appetizer, or over chicken for an easy weeknight dinner. You can even blend it with extra-virgin olive oil for a salad dressing. You'll never go back to canned cranberry sauce after trying this version…

Health benefits

Cranberries are incredibly antioxidant-rich and full of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients can raise the overall antioxidant capacity in our bloodstream, which can help reduce the risk of oxidative stress. They're high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, a common issue that mainly occurs among women and affects the bladder and urethra. Cranberries have also been shown to boost the immune system and help decrease blood pressure. Half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories, making them ideal for many low-calorie diets.

No refined sugar

If you're gearing up for the holiday season, chances are you're looking for a cranberry sauce recipe with no refined sugar. Many store-bought brands are loaded with refined and artificial sweeteners and additives, which may not taste great and may not have health benefits. Even many homemade recipes call for loads of processed sugar, topped off with a generous portion of sugary orange juice. Natural sweeteners like liquid stevia, maple syrup, or powdered erythritol are also common in "healthy" recipes, but are unnecessary for a good cranberry sauce. All you need is a few healthy, unrefined sources of sweetness to set yourself up for a great batch of cranberry sauce.

The secret ingredient

You may be scratching your head and wondering what sort of natural sweeteners are good options for your homemade cranberry sauce. Enter: dates! Dates are not only delicious thanks to their natural sugars, but are super nutritious as well. They have a low glycemic index, which is a measure of how quickly your blood sugar rises after eating a certain food. While they're not common in low carb recipes or low-calorie diets (since dried fruit is usually off limits), they contain a large amount of dietary fiber. Fiber is important for digestive health, as well as for controlling blood sugar. They're also high in antioxidants and contain several vitamins and minerals. Just half a cup of dates provides about 14 percent of the daily value for potassium, 8 percent for magnesium, and 10 percent for manganese. The apple cider also acts a natural sweetener in this recipe, which still leaves you with a recipe without any processed sugar. If you regularly eat apples, then fresh apple cider (with no sugar added) will still be in line with your meal plan.

Good for most diets

This cranberry sauce recipe is flexible for multiple diet types. Whether you and your family or friends follow vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or paleo diets, this is a side dish to be enjoyed by all.

Other uses

Cranberries are in season from mid-September to mid-November in the United States so they’re typically used in recipes throughout the fall and winter, which is why the flavors might remind you of the holidays. That said, there are several ways to use cranberry sauce year-round. Add a spoonful to your favorite pumpkin soup recipe, or stir it into yogurt, top your chicken with it for a sweet and savory meal, add to a muffin recipe, or you can even shake it in your favorite cocktail as a natural sweetener.

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  • 2 cups frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 6 dates
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
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    1. Finely chop the dates.
    2. Combine the cranberries, cider, dates, cinnamon and ginger in a medium saucepan. Turn the stove onto medium heat and cook until the cranberries disintegrate, and the sauce becomes thick.
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    Calories40Calories from Fat
    Total Fat0g0%
    Saturated Fat0g0%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat
    Total Carbohydrate11g4%
    Dietary Fiber2g8%
    Vitamin A0%
    Vitamin C6%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    Yummly User 2 years ago
    I made this with Alpine Sugar Free Spiced Apple Cider and it turned out PERFECT :)
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    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Perfectly tart! I doubled the amounts and replace the spices with pumpkin pie spice.
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    Yummly User 3 years ago
    The apple cider made this way to bitter.
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    Yummly User 4 years ago
    i used freash cranberries and walnuts it was very good i think next time i will add some orange rine too.
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    Yummly User 5 years ago
    Amazing and easy to make! In regards to added sugar, I feel like they mean no added PROCESSED sugars. Natural sugars are a lot easier for ppl to digest and are better for you than processed sugars. If you enjoy apples regularly on a no processed sugars diet, then apple cider (fresh from the orchard, no sugar added) is still in line with your diet plan. Our thanksgiving has a no dairy, no wheat products, no processed sugars restriction this year.... this cranberry sauce was the perfect fit 😊
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    Yummly User 5 years ago
    Technically, apple cider is full of added sugar so this has added sugar; however, 1/8 cup (2 fl ounces) if this serves 8 isn't the end of the world. It's just annoying that people don't understand what added sugar is!
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    Yummly User 5 years ago
    Not really sure it is fair to rate because I strayed from the original recipe but tried to keep to the basic confines of the ingredients. I loved the way mine turned out, however. I used a c. of 'lite' cranberry juice instead of cider, chopped six Medjool dates and about 1/4 cup of chopped candied ginger, 6 teaspoons of sugar (since other reviewer said it tasted sour) and some cinnamon sugar. I upped the cranberries to one 12 oz. bag. After the ingredients boiled and turned to mush, I took it off the stove and added 1 chopped red pear and 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce (store bought). It was still slightly tart but that was the flavor I was going for.....
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    Yummly User 5 years ago
    Tried this and it was amazing how sweet it was even though there's no added sugar!