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Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Eating Low Carb or Sugar Free, but still want cranberry sauce with your holiday turkey dinner? Look no further, I’ve converted my favorite Cranberry Sauce recipe into a sugar-free version with as few carbs as possible, in this Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce Recipe. (Plus it has lots and lots of nuts – yum!)

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Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce Recipe:

One of my favorite side dishes for Holiday meals is the cranberry sauce.

Funny thing, I couldn’t stand cranberry anything growing up, but over the last several years, my tastes have definitely changed and cranberry sauce is the one dish I craved at the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner over the last few years, but wouldn’t allow myself to have because of the sugar.

I have an amaaazing Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate  Relish with Pineapple & Mandarin Oranges, but as you can guess, that’s the recipe that is full of sugar!  I wanted to try to duplicate the sauce, so I omitted the pomegranate, pineapple and oranges and replaced those ingredients with toasted pecans and walnuts.

Why You Need to Make this Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

  • This Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce is so good! We could not stop eating it! (Thank goodness it is sugar free, lol.)
  • The sauce is sweet but still tart and the addition of nuts give the cranberry sauce a great relish texture.  It’s the perfect complement to deep fried turkey and low carb dressing.
  • And best of all, it is super easy to make. Fifteen-ish minutes on the stove top and, Voilà! You have a delicious sugar free cranberry sauce to go with you turkey.

One thing I found interesting, was how different the color was with sugar substitute instead of real sugar.  This sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe definitely has a more opaque, magenta color than the deep red of cranberry sauce with real sugar.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce recipe

Ingredients in Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce + Notes

Want to give this Amazing low carb sugar free holiday side dis a try? These are the ingredients to add to your list. (Ingredients at a glance, grab the full printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Fresh Cranberries | Don’t be tempted to use canned – its the fresh cranberry that makes this recipe so delicious. I have not tried frozen cranberries in this recipe as of yet, but I bet they would work. (If you can find them, our Walmart does not have them.)
  • Sugar substitute | My preference is Swerve, but use any cup for cup sweetener you prefer.
  • Juice from 1 lemon | You could use bottled lemon juice, but I always recommend fresh over bottled. Tastes better and the lemon juice helps the cranberry sauce gel up.
  • Toasted, chopped walnuts and pecans | You can use all one nut or another, its up to you. I really enjoyed the 50/50 mix. Definitely toast the nuts, makes a huge difference in flavor!
  • Optional: 1 tsp plain gelatin | completely optional, but the gelatin will give a more “jelled” sauce.

Can I Make this Low Carb Cranberry Sauce Ahead of Time?

Yes! This is one of those recipes that gets better with time, so this low carb cranberry sauce recipe is definitely one to make ahead.

We’re traveling this year for Thanksgiving and I’ve already picked up more of the ingredients so I make a batch before we go and will bring this low carb cranberry sauce along to share with others and hopefully stay on plan.

sugar free cranberry sauce

Recipe Tips:

  • This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time (up to 2 days) as it only gets better the longer it sits in the fridge.
  • If you don’t have plain gelatin on hand, it’s ok, you can leave it out. The gelatin just makes a more cranberry jelly-like consistency, and it is still great without it. You can compensate, by cooking the cranberries for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
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  • When it comes to sugar substitute, I prefer Swerve Granular for this recipe.  I also like to start with less sugar than a recipe calls for, give it a taste as cooking and add a few drops of liquid stevia for additional sweetness.  (something about combining different types of sugars helps cancel out any aftertaste.)

How to Store Your Sauce

Store your Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

What to do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Got Leftover sauce? There are all sorts of fun things to do with it.

  • Add a bit over the top of cream cheese for a yummy dip with crackers.
  • Add to plain or vanilla yogurt.
  • Add to warmed brie.
  • Make Cranberry Hand Pies
  • Make Turkey Cranberry Sliders

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Low Carb Cranberry Sauce recipe: Eating Low Carb or Sugar Free, but still want cranberry sauce with your holiday meal? This Low Carb Cranberry Sauce recipe is sugar-free with lots of nuts!

Sugar Free Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Diet: Diabetic

Description

Eating Low Carb or Sugar Free, but still want cranberry sauce with your holiday turkey dinner? Look no further, I’ve converted my favorite Cranberry Sauce recipe into a sugar-free version with as few carbs as possible, in this Low Carb Cranberry Sauce. (Plus it has lots and lots of nuts – yum!)


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 package of fresh whole cranberries (16oz)
  • 1 1/4 cup of cup for cup sugar substitute
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • optional: 1 tsp plain gelatin
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped walnuts and pecans

Instructions

  1. Combine cranberries, water, sugar substitute, and lemon in a large saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  2. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes. (You will hear the cranberries begin to pop.)
  3. Meanwhile, in a shallow pan, toast nuts 2 to 3 minutes or until they begin to deepen in color.  Remove from heat and set aside
  4. Add a teaspoon of gelatin to 1/4 cup of water.  Allow gelatin to sit for a minute.
  5. Add gelatin to cranberries, mixing well and cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. With the side of your spatula or spoon, gently crush most of the cranberries.
  7. Add nuts and stir.
  8. Allow the sauce to cool, then place in the fridge for a minimum of two hours or up to two days for the best flavor.

Notes

  • This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time (up to 2 days) as it only gets better the longer it sits in the fridge.
  • If you don’t have plain gelatin on hand, you can leave it out and just cook the cranberry sauce a bit longer.
  • When it comes to sugar substitute, I prefer Swerve Granular for this recipe.  I also like to start with less sugar than a recipe calls for, give it a taste as cooking and add a few drops of liquid stevia for additional sweetness.  (something about combining different types of sugars helps cancel out any aftertaste.)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 51
  • Sugar: 2
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 4
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 2

Keywords: low carb, sugar free, cranberry sauce

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