No-Sugar-Added Cranberry Sauce

No-Sugar-Added Cranberry Sauce

1 Review
From:, October 2018

Most cranberry sauce recipes add tons of sugar to mask the tart taste of the cranberries. In this simple cranberry sauce, we lighten things up by skipping the sugar and opting for a healthier combination of dates and apple cider which adds just enough sweetness without overpowering the cranberry flavor.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup pitted dates
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Prep

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  1. Puree apple cider and dates in a blender until fairly smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan, along with the cranberries. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until most of the cranberries have broken down, 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 56 calories; 0 g fat(0 sat); 2 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 37 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 8 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 1 mg sodium; 84 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit

Reviews 1

November 12, 2018
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By: MaryK
I have not made this yet but had a question. I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and have joined Weight Watchers and need to know the smart point count on this recipe. I always prepare a cranberry pear relish for my family but high in sugar so I’m thinking of replacing it with this recipe. Thank you.
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