Super Easy Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce

This sugar-free cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to your low-carb Holiday dinner. Made with fresh cranberries and natural sweeteners, this healthy whole berry cranberry sauce takes only minutes to make and is so delicious!

keto cranberry sauce in a white bowl with spoon and oranges in background

Growing up, we only had canned cranberry sauce during the Holidays. I loved it, but since going low carb, all that sugar just doesn't work for us anymore.

Thankfully, it's a BREEZE to make your own sugar-free cranberry sauce and it tastes SO much better than canned. Once you've made your own keto cranberry sauce, you'll never go back!

I recommend making an extra batch or two so you can have it around for leftovers later. And why not use some of this low-carb cranberry sauce as a spread year round? It's sooo good!

Are Cranberries Keto?

Plain cranberries are not sweet at all--have you ever tried them? If so, you know why they are totally fine for the keto diet.

Also, you’re not likely to sit down and eat a whole entire bowl of cranberry sauce, so having a regular serving with your Holiday meal is not going to make a big enough impact on your total carbs.

How to Make Cranberry Sauce Without Sugar

This sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe is made with stevia and another low-carb sweetener. You can use whatever sweeteners you like, but if you want to keep it low-carb, of course you will have to choose from low-carb sweeteners.

Making low carb cranberry sauce is just as easy as making cranberry sauce from scratch. Just simmer the ingredients and stir in some vanilla at the end.

The 2 differences are the sweetener and orange flavor.

ingredients for homemade cranberry sauce

Sweetener

Confectioner’s-style powdered sweetener is best for this recipe since it blends well into the sauce and keeps longer without crystallizing.

This recipe is actually really flexible as far as sweeteners go, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Fresh cranberries have a small amount of natural sugar, but it's very little.

I don't recommend using artificial sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose), Nutrasweet, saccharin, etc. since they are completely artificial. I prefer using stevia, monk fruit extract, erythritol, allulose, xylitol, and the link.

cranberry sauce ingredients in saucepan on marble table

Orange Flavor

Traditional cranberry sauce is made with high carb sweeteners, but also with orange juice instead of water. By swapping in a low carb sweetener, plus water and orange zest for the juice, you get that delicious citrus flavor without all of the carbs.

You can even add more zest , plus you can even try orange extract instead of the zest.

How Long Does Cranberry Sauce Last?

You should be able to store this low-sugar cranberry sauce at least a week in the fridge, but again, you will want to use a powdered sweetener if you are going to be storing it.

If you plan to use all of the sauce and not have leftovers, granulated low-carb sweetener will work just fine. You can use granulated low-carb sweeteners regardless, but your leftover sauce will likely be crunchy.

keto cranberry sauce in a white bowl with spoon and oranges in background

Ingredients

We use and love Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, which is a blend of monkfruit and erythritol with no aftertaste and absolutely no affect on blood sugar.

And using code WHOLENEWMOM, you can get 20% off your order!

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the cranberries burst and the sauce has thickened (about 15 minutes.)
  4. Add vanilla extract, and stir to combine.
  5. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if desired, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Sweetener: Be sure to use a powdered sweetener to prevent your sauce from crystallizing. Alternatively, you can use allulose--either granulated or powdered. Xylitol isn't as low-carb, but it will not crystallize.

Money Saving Tip: Buy cranberries on sale right after the holiday and store them in the fridge. They're great for this recipe, for this Homemade Cranberry Juice and this Cranberry Smoothie Bowl too.

sugar-free cranberry sauce in white bowl with oranges in background

Special Diet Options

Paleo: For a paleo cranberry sauce, use stevia, coconut sugar, honey, or even maple syrup. Honey and maple syrup are sweeter, however, so note the information in this post on sweeteners about substituting those. For stevia, this post on how to use stevia can help.

AIP: Use coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Sugar-free cranberry sauce in a bowl

More Healthy & Low-carb Holiday Recipes

Green Bean Casserole - a healthified version of a traditional side
Pumpkin Custard - delicious pumpkin pie flavor in an easy custard form
Easy Pat in the Pan Pie Crust - our favorite pie crust!
Moroccan Carrots - the perfect make-ahead side
Oven Roasted Carrots - easy and delicious!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon - perfectly caramelized!
Brussels Sprouts Salad - as beautiful as it is delicious!

sugar-free cranberry sauce in white bowl with oranges in background
sugar-free cranberry sauce in white bowl with oranges in background

Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce--only 5 ingredients

This Easy Healthy Cranberry Sauce has only 5 ingredients! No one will know it's sugar-free!
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Course: Dressings, Seasonings, etc.
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Sugar-Free, THM:S, Vegan
Keyword: sugar-free cranberry sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 107kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the cranberries burst and the sauce has thickened, for about 15 minutes. 
  • Add vanilla extract and stir.
  • Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings, if desired, and serve.

Notes

Be sure to use a powdered sweetener to prevent your sauce from crystallizing. Alternatively, you can use allulose--either granulated or powdered. Xylitol isn't as low-carb, but it will not crystallize.
You can use other sweeteners as you like, but using a combination of sweeteners gives the best result.
1 dash of stevia extract is about 1/32 of a teaspoon, which is equivalent to about 2 tablespoons of most other sweeteners.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 16g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

So hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
I'd love to hear what you think!

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