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Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Sugar-free cranberry sauce that is bursting with flavor. Honey-sweetened cranberry sauce brings a special treat to the holiday table.

sugar-free cranberry sauce

Cranberries have gotten a bad rap over the years.  People either hate them because they’re too sour or are freaked out by the sound they make and the shape they retain coming out of the can.  :shudders::  On the other hand, some people love them, but only because pounds of sugar has been mixed in to sweeten the ever loving snot of them.

Cranberries are a superfood and are so good for you.  They are full of antioxidants and vitamins that keep you healthy during cold and flu season.  And you wish to repay this humble little berry with multiple cups of sugar?  You’re better than that!

sugar-free cranberry sauceBon Appetit!

sugar-free cranberry sauce
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Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Sugar-free cranberry sauce that is bursting with flavor. Honey-sweetened cranberry sauce brings a special treat to the holiday table.


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 12 oz bag cranberries
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the orange juice and honey over medium-high heat.
  • Add the cranberries, and bring to a boil until you hear a bunch of little "pops".  That is the cranberries bursting through their skins. Take a potato masher and gently crush the cranberries until the sauce becomes the consistency you desire.  Simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, and add the orange zest. Allow to cool at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Put in a container in the fridge to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 174mg5%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 35.6mg43%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments on “Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce”

  1. so much better than anything I have bought5 stars

  2. Hey.
    Just a comment about cranberries.
    They smell like feet.
    Dirty dirty sweaty feet.
    I have two bushes in my yard, one beside the house and one in the garden. We get a gallon off the two of them in the fall.
    Then we go down the river and pick a bunch more gallons and joke about bears.
    Then we race to the car because there’s bears.
    Then we make juice.
    It smells like feet.
    Then my daughter drinks it, mixed halves with seven up or sprite.
    I shudder.
    I will never understand cranberries.

  3. How is this sugar free when there is a large amount of honey in it? Honey is sugar.

  4. Yum! I made my own cranberry sauce for the first time last year. It had maple syrup and brown sugar. Your version sounds delicious–I’ll have to try it!

  5. Allison – I’m guessing it will probably be ok in the fridge for about 5-7 days. I made it on Sunday to serve on Wednesday.

  6. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  7. It looks great! Thanks for sharing it at Traditional Tuesdays!

  8. Yum! I just might make this for my Thanksgiving dinner 🙂 How long do you think it would keep in the fridge?