Healthy Cranberry Sauce

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Healthy Cranberry Sauce for your holiday table replaces the traditional sugar laden condiment!  This four ingredient sauce cooks in less than 15 minutes!

 

Healthy Cranberry Sauce without sugar topped on slices of turkey on a black plate with green beans #Healthy #CranberrySauce #LowCarb | www.thefoodieaffair.com

 

Who is cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Do you have a huge feast that takes days to prepare or do you prefer to order pre-cooked meals?

The temptation to buy ready made meals from the grocery store is tantalizing, but there are some family favorite dishes that we make year after that can’t be replicated by any store!

Every year individual sweet potato casseroles are on the menu, and once I learned how simple it is to make cranberry sauce it has also become a staple on our Thanksgiving table.

 

Fresh cranberries in white bowls to be cooked into a healthy cranberry sauce #CranberrySauce #Thanksgiving #SugarFree #LowCarb

 

Although making our favorite dishes have become a tradition, this year I tweaked an easy condiment turning it into a healthy cranberry sauce that is sugar-free and low carb!

A while back I bought a collection of lemon, lime, and orange citrus oils at a baking supply store. You can use them to enhance flavors in sauces, dressings, soups, and sweet treats like frostings.

The technique used to make the oil is pretty intense.  The rind of these fruits are processed in a way that squeezes the natural oils out creating super strong natural flavors.  It takes about 44 oranges to make one ounce of oil!

Luckily, when you use such a powerful oil, only a small amount is needed when adding it to foods.

 

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Using essential oils (a great low carb hack) will give you all the flavor without the extra sugar that you get from fruit juices, which is ideal for a low carb side dish.

In this case, instead of adding orange juice to my cranberry sauce I substituted it with 1/4 teaspoon of orange oil and a cup of water.  That small amount of oil with cinnamon is so darn fantastic with the cranberries!

Cranberries on their own can be quite bitter, so to sweeten the sauce up I used Swerve sugar replacement which adds sweetness without the calories like granulated sugar.

Win-win on this re-creation of a favorite traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce!  Don’t limit this to sauce to just turkey.  Top it on yogurt, on pork or try this baked brie with cranberry sauce!

 

Simple ingredients to make this healthy cranberry sauce - fresh berries, sugar alternative, orange oil and cinnamon #CranberrySauce #Thanksgiving #LowSugar #LowCarb | www.thefoodieaffair.com

 

 

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Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 10-15 mins Serves 8     adjust servings
Healthy Cranberry Sauce without sugar topped on slices of turkey on a black plate with green beans #Healthy #CranberrySauce #LowCarb | www.thefoodieaffair.com

Healthy Cranberry Sauce for your holiday table replaces the traditional sugar laden condiment!  This three ingredient sauce cooks in less than 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Swerve
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Wash Cranberries and set aside.   In a medium saucepan heat the water and Swerve over medium heat until the sweetener dissolves.  Add the cranberries and cook until the berries start to burst and begin to soften (about 10 minutes).  Remove from heat and add orange essential oil and cinnamon until well combined.  Cool in the pan at room temperature, then refrigerate.  

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Recipe Notes

Adjust the sweetener to your preference.  You may want to add up to a half cup or more if your berries are sour.  

Food grade citrus oils are much stronger than extracts.  Adjust according to the manufacturer's recommendation.  

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 20kcal Calories from fat 1
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrate 5g2%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g

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

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

 

Homemade healthy Cranberry Sauce in a white bowl with a blue spoon #Cranberry #Sauce #SugarFree #LowCarb

 

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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10 Comments on Healthy Cranberry Sauce

  1. avatar
    November 7, 2017

    Have not tried Swerve… Any after taste? Loving your bright and beautiful cranberry sauce!

  2. avatar
    Julie says:
    November 12, 2017

    Wow Sandra this cranberry sauce is gorgeous and I can’t believe it’s only 20 calories per serving! I’ve never used this sweetner but am going to have to look for it.

  3. avatar
    shelby says:
    November 12, 2017

    I’m saving this! I can’t wait to try it!

  4. avatar
    Christie says:
    November 12, 2017

    Fresh cranberry sauce is awesome. I wish more would make it from scratch.

  5. avatar
    Madi says:
    November 13, 2017

    I love the healthier spin on cranberry sauce! I looks so delicious!

  6. avatar
    michele says:
    November 13, 2017

    Only 20 calories per serving… that means I can have 5! 🙂

  7. avatar
    Ashlyn says:
    November 13, 2017

    This is exactly the recipe I have been needing! I’ve never like the sugary cranberry sauce very much, so this one sounds perfect!

  8. avatar
    Justine says:
    November 13, 2017

    It’s such a vibrant color and sugar-free is a great option!

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