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Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

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This low carb cranberry sauce is perfect for your festive celebrations! Keto friendly and sugar free recipe with video tutorial.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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Is there anything better with a roast turkey than a wonderfully tangy cranberry sauce? But standard ingredients for 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 as sweet!Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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
Total Carbohydrate 3g 11g 33g
Fiber 1g 3g 2g
Net Carbohydrate 2g 8g 31g
       
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.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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! So watch my video tutorial or scroll down for the full details and printable recipe card:

 

 

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.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Bring to the boil, then simmer until all the fruit has popped and a thick sauce has formed.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Let cool slightly, then test for sweetness. If more is required, add a few squirts of liquid stevia until it is to your liking.

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

 

This is going to be the perfect condiment to go with your festive meal!

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce - a keto and sugar free condiment for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Recipes to Make with Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

Great for any leftovers!

 

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 2 Cups
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This low carb cranberry sauce is perfect for your festive celebrations! Keto friendly and sugar free recipe with video tutorial.

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberries in a saucepan and remove any that are soft and/or brown.
  2. Add the water, sweetener and orange extract. Bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce to a medium heat. The cranberries will start bursting and the sauce will form after about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  4. Add liquid stevia to taste, if required.

Notes

3g net carbs per serving of ¼ cup.

Recipe makes 2 cups of sauce.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size ¼ cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 19Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 4gNet Carbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 0g
This cranberry sauce was originally published as part of this Cornish Hens recipe.

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Jen

Saturday 16th of November 2019

What other berries would this work with? I’m in Aus and haven’t ever seen fresh cranberries.

Georgina

Sunday 17th of November 2019

I haven't tried it with any other berries - but off the top of my head then I would imagine that blueberries would work well. You might also like to check out my Low Carb Berry Sauce!

Josie Mathis

Friday 23rd of November 2018

Are you kidding me! This is absolutely delicious!!! It was perfect. I didn't need the liquid stevia, but I added a couple drops of vanilla. I'm gonna eat this cranberry sauce like a heathen...lol Thank you!

Georgina

Friday 23rd of November 2018

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

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