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Low Carb Dried Cranberries

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These low carb dried cranberries are sugar free and keto friendly! The perfect snack for the holidays!

Low Carb Dried Cranberries - a sugar free and keto friendly snack!

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So why would you want to dry your own cranberries when they are readily available in stores? Well, because they are typically sweetened with a lot of sugar, and the carb count can get crazy. Take a look at this:

How Many Carbs in Cranberries?

  • ¼ cup (40g) regular sweetened dried cranberries contains 30g net carbs
  • ¼ cup (40g) 50% reduced sugar dried cranberries contains 23g net carbs
  • ¼ cup (16g) MY low carb dried cranberries contains 4.8g net carbs

Obviously my stats look better – but I should point out the disparity in weight due to the different methods used for drying. But a quarter cup is still a quarter cup!

How to Make Low Carb Dried Cranberries

Start by cutting each cranberry in half. I won't lie, this does take some time. I've known people to use scissors to cut them, or to place 10 or so cranberries between two plates and slice them horizontally like you might do grapes or cherry tomatoes. My preferred method is to put some music on, and just use a knife to cut them one at a time.

Low Carb Dried Cranberries - a sugar free and keto friendly snack!

This lot took me just under fifteen minutes to prepare, but that did include a couple of dance breaks…

Low Carb Dried Cranberries - a sugar free and keto friendly snack!

Place the cut cranberries in a bowl and add some oil – a mild olive oil or avocado oil would be ideal. Next, add some powdered sweetener (I used confectioner's Swerve). At this point you'll need to decide how sweet you want the final result. Personally I like the tartness with a little sweetness, so I used a third of a cup of sweetener. But you could go up to half a cup if you prefer. 

Mix well then spread the cranberries out onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or baking parchment. Try and get them into a single layer as much as possible. 

Low Carb Dried Cranberries - a sugar free and keto friendly snack!

Place in a preheated oven for one hour. Shuffle them around after this time (there will be more space). Bake for another 2-3 hours or until the cranberries are fully dried. Note: You can tell when they are ready because the “seed holes” have all closed up. Let cool fully.

Transfer the dried cranberries to an airtight container. Store in the fridge (otherwise they will lose their texture).

Low Carb Dried Cranberries - a sugar free and keto friendly snack!

What to Make with Low Carb Dried Cranberries

Of course you can just enjoy a handful as a snack, but what about these other ideas?

Low Carb Dried Cranberries

Low Carb Dried Cranberries

Yield: Makes 1.5 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

These low carb dried cranberries are sugar free and keto friendly! The perfect snack for the holidays!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200F.
  2. Cut each cranberry in half (see main post for suggested methods). Place them in a bowl and add the powdered sweetener and oil.
  3. Mix well, then spread the cranberries out onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or baking parchment. Try and get them into a single layer. 
  4. Bake for one hour. Shuffle them around after this time (there will be more space). Bake for another 2-3 hours or until the cranberries are fully dried. Note: You can tell when they are ready because the "seed holes" have all closed up. Let cool fully.
  5. Transfer the dried cranberries to an airtight container. Store in the fridge (otherwise they will lose their texture).

Notes

4.8g net carbs per ¼ cup (16g) serving

or 1.2g net carbs per tablespoon

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size ¼ cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 66Total Fat 4.6gSaturated Fat 0.5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 6.8gNet Carbohydrates 4.8gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 0.3g

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arm2008

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I usually just do mine without sweetener or oil, but I might give this a try.

If you push your cranberries into the groove on your cutting board and line them up nice you can take a chef's knife and cut a long line of them at once. That's what I do.

Gini

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Just love the dance breaks! :-)

KATHLEEN PANCOAST

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Can these be done in a dehydrator? If so, how long and at what temp?

Georgina

Sunday 8th of November 2020

I don't have a dehydrator, sorry!

Leanne

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Would these store good in the freezer? Just thinking if I would make a lot at one time, since they are seasonal.

Georgina

Monday 9th of November 2020

Yes! I'd recommend spreading them out on a tray to freeze thoroughly, then transferring them to a container.

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