This low carb cranberry sauce is perfect for your festive celebrations! Keto and sugar free recipe.
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Is there anything better with a roast turkey than a wonderfully tangy cranberry sauce? But standard ingredients to this classic condiment are fresh cranberries, sugar, and orange juice. Cranberries themselves aren't too bad – one cup contains 7.4g net carbs, so they're actually lower in carbs than something like blueberries – but of course they're not so sweet!
By the way, dried sweetened cranberries are very high in carbs – so make sure you stay WELL away from them. Unsweetened are obviously much better – but here's a quick comparison chart for you:
|Fresh||Dried, Unsweetened||Dried, Sweetened|
|Data is per ¼ cup|
I realize that you're getting a lot more fruit after the cranberries have been dried when you measure by volume – but I think it's handy to know how they compare!
So what about store-bought cranberry sauce? Either the jellied or the whole berry kind in a can is about 25-28g net carbs for a quarter cup, which is WAY too high for us low carbers.
The answer, of course, is to make your own. We've ascertained that the fresh cranberries are OK, and we can substitute our sweetener of choice for the sugar. But what about the orange juice? The answer is a combination of water and orange extract. Simple, effective – but not very original – I also use it place of orange liqueur in my low carb margarita recipe!
How to Make Low Carb Cranberry Sauce
To make my version of cranberry sauce, add the fresh cranberries, water, low carb sweetener (I used Lakanto – get 20% off if you use coupon code SAFTC!), and orange extract to a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer until all the fruit has popped and a thick sauce has formed.
Let cool slightly, then test for sweetness. If more is required, add a few squirts of liquid stevia until it is to your liking.
This is going to be the perfect condiment to go with your festive meal!
Low Carb Cranberry Sauce
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- Place the cranberries in a saucepan and remove any that are soft and/or brown.
- Add the water, sweetener and orange extract. Bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a medium heat. The cranberries will start bursting and the sauce will form after about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add liquid stevia to taste, if required.
This cranberry sauce was originally published as part of this Cornish Hens recipe.
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