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.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, October 2018


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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

56 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 14.2g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 10.2g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 37.3IU; vitamin c 6.4mg; folate 1.5mcg; calcium 8mg; iron 0.2mg; magnesium 6.4mg; potassium 84.1mg; sodium 1mg.

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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. Read More