Try this easy low carb keto cranberry sauce recipe for your next festive sugar free feast. Only 4 ingredients and ready in 10 minutes!
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There is something wonderfully comforting about festive food. I love the ritual of eating the same trusted and tested meals during December. Our Christmas 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 uber chocolatey spiced chocolate torte or my famous German cinnamon stars.
Since I've begun eating sugar free and low carb, I have altered some items in my Christmas repertoire. Friends, my carb-loving children don't even know this has happened.
Like this gluten free keto cranberry sauce! It is SUPER TASTY and contains only the natural sugars occurring in the cranberries. I'm serving it every year with my Low Carb Keto Turkey. I also use a variety of this sauce in my Keto Cranberry Streusel Bars.
Shop-bought cranberry sauce does not only taste meh, it's also packed with table sugar. You can make your own homemade cranberry sauce with only 4 ingredients (one of which is water, so that might now even count). In fact, homemade low carb cranberry sauce is SO SIMPLE I'm kind of embarrassed to call it a recipe.
How to make keto cranberry sauce
All you need to do is boil some fresh or frozen cranberries with powdered erythritol and water (and my secret ingredient - a tablespoon of brandy).
The pectin in the fruit helps the sauce thicken all on its own. You stir it a bit this way and a bit that way, until some of the berries begin to pop. 10 minutes later you're done!
Do bear in mind that the sauce thickens further once it cools down, so don't worry it it looks a tad runny when you take it off the stove.
If you don't like the idea of booze, you could replace it with some grated orange zest plus a squeeze of lemon juice and make an orange cranberry sauce. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a tiny pinch of cloves would also work well here.
If you really, really like the idea of booze, you can also use 100ml of white wine instead of water. This would up the carb count slightly, but not much. 100 ml of Sauvignon Blanc, for example, only has 2 net carbs, which would be divided across 6 portions.
Which sweetener is best
I used powdered erythritol for my sugar free cranberry sauce. An erythritol monk fruit sweetener blend or a blend with stevia will also work well - as long as it is powdered. Erythritol crystallises as it cools, that's why a granulated variety will not work as well. We don't want any crunchy bits in our sauce, right?
Xylitol, allulose and Bocha Sweet dissolve better and will work as well.
How to store sugar free cranberry sauce
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keto Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes
Here's a selection of low carb recipes to serve at Thanksgiving:
The Ultimate Low Carb Keto Turkey Recipe (tastes like a dream with fresh cranberry sauce!)
More keto cranberry recipes
Below are more easy Keto Recipes using cranberry as an ingredient.
My keto cranberry bars always hit the spot.
These keto mince pies contain dried cranberries.
Sugar free dried cranberries are a delicious snack.
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Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe (Sugar Free)from sugarfreelondoner.com
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- 300 g / 10.5 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 90 g / ¾ cup powdered erythritol
- 1 tbsp brandy optional
- 100 ml / 3.5 oz water scant ½ cup
- Place all ingredients in a pot. Bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a medium heat and cook for circa 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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First published in December 2017. Updated in November 2021.