Try this easy sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe for your next holiday feast. You need only 3 ingredients and it is ready in 10 minutes.
There is something wonderfully comforting about festive food. I love the ritual of eating the same trusted and tested meals during the holiday season.
Our festive menu is set in stone - a mix of German, British and Caribbean representing the origins and heritage of our family. Then there are the highlights leading up to the big feast - such as gingerbread cupcakes, this spiced chocolate torte, low carb christmas stollen, gluten free panettone and of course my German cinnamon stars.
And whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas or both, at some point cranberry sauce will make an appearance.
In my opinion, homemade cranberry sauce tastes so much better than the sugary sauce you can buy in the shops.
This keto cranberry sauce is SUPER TASTY and contains only the natural sugars occurring in the cranberries.
You can make your own sugar free cranberry sauce with only 3 ingredients (plus water). In fact, it is SO SIMPLE you can hardly call it a recipe.
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
Cranberries. These can be fresh cranberries or frozen. There is no need to thaw frozen cranberries first, just use them straight from the freezer.
Sweetener. I used powdered Bocha Sweet in the recipe. I like it because it has no aftertaste. However, any sweetener works. Just make sure it is a powdered version, such as powdered erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, xylitol or allulose.
Brandy. This is optional, but gives the sauce a festive flavor.
(This section contains step by step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. Find the recipe card with ingredient amounts and nutritional information at the bottom of the post.)
Step 1: Put the frozen or fresh cranberries in a saucepan with the other ingredients.
Step 2: Stir and bring the mixture to the boil. Then reduce to a medium heat and let the sauce cook until the berries begin to pop.
The pectin in the fruit helps the sauce thicken all on its own. There is no need to add xanthan gum or other thickeners.
The sauce thickens further once it cools down. It should still be a little runny when you take it off the stove.
Below are ideas how you can change up the flavor:
Basic. Use only cranberries, powdered sweetener and water.
Cinnamon. Add a cinnamon stick into the saucepan or add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Nutmeg, ginger and a tiny pinch of cloves would also work well here.
Orange. Regular cranberry sauce is made with orange juice. For a low carb cranberry sauce, add 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest instead. You could also add a squeeze of lemon juice. This will give the same flavor without the carbs.
Vanilla. Another alternative to the brandy. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract will lend a warming note.
I have made this sugar free cranberry sauce with powdered erythritol and also with powdered Bocha Sweet. Basically, any 1:1 sugar substitute works, as long as it is powdered. Granulated erythritol will re-crystallise as it cools, which means you'll end up with crunchy bits in the sauce. The exception is granulated allulose, which does not re-crystallise.
Yes. Use 2 teaspoons of stevia glycerite, which is equivalent to 1 cup of sugar.
Absolutely. Cranberry sauce keeps in the fridge for several weeks. In fact, I have used leftover sauce as a topping for my morning yoghurt months after I made it. The pectin in the sauce preserves it well. There is no need to freeze it.
Sugar-free cranberry sauce does not only taste great with turkey, pork, meatballs or goose.
If you let the mix simmer on the stove for a little longer, it reduces enough to make a delicious cranberry jam. Then you can spread it over toasted and buttered low carb bread.
Keto Thanksgiving recipes
Here is a selection of low carb recipes to serve at Thanksgiving:
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- Low Carb Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- Keto Turkey Gravy Recipe
- Keto Cauliflower Stuffing
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Parmesan
- Keto Pecan Pie Frangipane Bars
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Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce (Keto)from Sugar Free Londoner
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- 12 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen 350g
- 1 cup powdered sweetener 150g (use ¾ cup if you prefer more tartness)
- 1 tablespoon brandy optional
- ¼ cup water 60ml
- Place all ingredients in a pot. Bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a medium heat and cook for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat once the cranberries have popped and the liquid is reducing. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.
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First published in December 2017. Updated in November 2021.