No-Sugar-Added Cranberry Sauce


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup apple cider

  • cup pitted dates

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  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 Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g 1%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 37IU 1%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 2mcg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 6mg 2%
Potassium 84mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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