Sugarless Cranberry Sauce

healthy cranberry sauce recipe Sugarless Cranberry Sauce

Next on the list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes… Cranberry Sauce. Check out the healthy versions of Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and Butternut Squash Soup if you missed those and stay tuned for recipes for stuffing, turkey, and other sides this week. I’ll also be posting a full menu plan with recipes and shopping list later in the week.

Cranberry sauce was a staple at the Thanksgiving table when I was a kid, though it usually came out of a can. Then, at some point, we started making it, but the recipe called for a lot of sugar! For those who haven’t tried them, plain cranberries are very tart, so I wasn’t sure this recipe would be able to be made healthy, but some other delicious fruits filled in the gaps. It does have more natural sugars than we normally eat, but is a healthier option to the ones that actually contain sugar.

Sugarless Cranberry Sauce
 
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A homemade alternative to store bought cranberry sauce with delicious hints of pineapple and orange to complement the flavor!
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 bags of fresh cranberries (they are usually 12 ounce bags)
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice or orange juice (I recommend pineapple!)
  • ½ cup of applesauce (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup of water
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of honey or to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put cranberries, pineapple juice, applesauce and water in a sauce pan and and bring to a boil.
  2. Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes).
  3. Reduce to a simmer and pour the juice and zest over the cranberry mixture.
  4. Simmer 10-15 minutes and remove from heat.
  5. Cool completely and store in fridge at least 4 hours but preferably overnight before serving.
  6. NOTE: This is not as sweet as store versions! Taste at the end of cooking. It is naturally sweet from the fruit juice and applesauce but you can add more honey or stevia to taste if needed.

Do you eat cranberry sauce? What foods do you always have at Thanksgiving? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Compassion101 says

    Adding a pinch of cloves & pinch of ginger & some dry mustard to this gives it a lot more flavor with no more sugar.  I might try adding a bit of port next time too.  Yum!  Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Jean says

    Just finished making this for tomorrows Thanksgiving dinner.  I added some honey, but love that it doesn’t require the huge amounts of sugar my old recipe called for.  I also made your pumpkin cheesecake (double recipe) and am using your brussel sprout recipe too.
    Thank you for all the healthy ideas and Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Jean says

    Just finished making this for tomorrows Thanksgiving dinner.  I added some honey, but love that it doesn’t require the huge amounts of sugar my old recipe called for.  I also made your pumpkin cheesecake (double recipe) and am using your brussel sprout recipe too.
    Thank you for all the healthy ideas and Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. says

    this looks good. Have you ever tried adding quince to your cranberry sauce. i am just learning about making marmalade, and last year made experimented a little – this year I was thinking of putting these two items together…?

  5. says

    Do you think I could use lemon juice instead of orange? I can’t have orange or pineapple, but I really want cranberry sauce. I think I’m going to give it a try, although I love orange with cranberry.

  6. Kathleen H says

    I always make my own cranberry sauce,usually with a hint of orange, but pear is good too:) I like roasted root veggies,, and my children love mashed potatoes, and apple sausage stuffing. I love the idea of butternut squash soup as a starter, and your cranberry sauce is much healthier than the one I usually make, so thanks a bunch for sharing!

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