Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce

I know that this would typically be a Thanksgiving-esque post, but the truth is, cranberries are healthy ALL year ’round. They contain anti-oxidants, are good for you in multiple ways (think healthy urinary tract and lower cholesterol), AND are super low in calories — win, win, win! 

This is a quick and easy little way to make a pot of healthy, low-calorie cranberry sauce to go with whatever you want.

I know you don’t really want to chat about cranberries, so here we go!

Things you need:
12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
2 mandarin oranges or clementines
1 cup water
3 Tbsp. powdered Stevia (more or less to taste)

What you do with them:
Pour cranberries into a saucepan — wash them first if you are a fruit-washer.

Next, you want to sift through them and pick out all the gnarled, wrinkly little old cranberries and throw them away — we just want the nice plump ones!

Peel the clementines or mandarins and add them and the water to the pot. I hold off on adding the stevia until the end, because you want everything to mesh and gel first before you determine how much sweetness you want.

Let this all simmer on medium for about 20-30 minutes — you’re going to start hearing these little –pop– noises as the delicious cranberries steam and pop open — if you want to hurry up the process, you can smush the berries against the side of the pan to pop them as they cook (beware, I do this and often find crime-scene-like spatter on the wall behind the stove! Oops!). Keep stirring every few minutes because the sauce does tend to stick. 

Let the sauce reduce down to the thickness that you prefer — add 1-2 Tbsp of the stevia and then taste test! Add more to reach desired sweetness.

The sauce is delicious by itself, but also a yummy friend to pair with turkey sandwiches, pork and chicken dishes, or just with some applesauce for a snack with a kick!


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