Cranberry Sauce - No Sugar Added

Jennifer H


This is a great way to tailor cranberry sauce to your personal sweet/tart tastebuds.

Additional options:
1. Skip the straining step if you prefer whole cranberry sauce.
2. Consider adding a tablespoon of orange zest.
3. Make the sauce thicker or thinner by adding varying amounts of cornstarch.
4. Add more sweetener if you prefer less tart.
5. Add a tablespoon or so of freshly squeezed lemon juice for a little brightness.

I created this recipe so my diabetic husband wouldn't feel left out. Everyone at the table prefers it and this has become our standard.


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes about 1 1/4 cup sauce
15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 12 oz
    fresh whole cranberries
  • 1/2 c
    orange juice
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    splenda or truvia
  • 1 Tbsp
    cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange or lemon zest, freshly grated, optional

How to Make Cranberry Sauce - No Sugar Added


  1. Place first 4 ingredients in a 4 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until berries pop, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let cool about 10 minutes.
  2. Using a spatula, press the berries through a mesh strainer to remove the skin and seeds. It's easiest to do this in batches, spooning about a third of the berries into the strainer and mashing them. Scrape the skins and seeds out of the strainer and then spoon in another batch of berries. Return the strained cranberry to the saucepan.
  3. Stir in the cornstarch mixture to the cranberry and return to a boil, stirring constantly. Add optional orange zest and/or lemon juice. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.

    Cool. Place in a resealable container and refrigerate until use.

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About Cranberry Sauce - No Sugar Added

Course/Dish: Fruit Sauces Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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