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Low Carb Cranberry Sauce Sugar Free Recipe

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce that is sugar free and only 3g net carbs for 2 tbsp serve, absolutely winning! Super easy to make and deliciously spiced.

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A simple but very delicious low carb cranberry sauce that is very easy to make with just a few ingredients.

No short changing the flavour with this sugar free cranberry sauce. Mildly spiced with star anise and orange zest the sauce feels ultra luxurious and fancy schmancy restaurant worthy.

white plate with low carb cranberry sauce on it

LOW CARB CRANBERRY SAUCE INGREDIENTS

This sugar free low carb cranberry sauce has only 6 main ingredients… really. Some are optional is just depends on your dietary needs, keto lifestyle choices, and feelings on natural sugars.

Here is what you will need to make cranberry sauce without sugar.

SWEETENER OF CHOICE

I choose to use Sukrin Melis powdered erythritol for its tendency . Other good choices are granular erythritol, monkfruit or Natvia. If not using straight away the sauce may crystallise in the fridge. You can remove from the fridge ahead of time to liquify or just slightly heat to melt the crystals. For a paleo cranberry sauce recipe feel free to substitute coconut sugar.

sweetener and star anise in a frying pan

STAR ANISE – Adds a delicious mild aniseed flavour to the sauce

CRANBERRIES – Fresh or frozen works fine. In Australia I don’t think I have seen fresh ones but frozen are often around from the Thanksgiving – Christmas time in our local supermarkets

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – Adds a nice balance of acid

RED WINE, WHISKY, OR BRANDY – Use any of these to deglaze the pan. They can be omitted if you do not consume alcohol. Just add some water in its place

ZEST OF 1 ORANGE – Orange zest adds a delicious tanginess and balance to the low carb cranberry sauce. You can use lemon or I would recommend orange extract.

ORANGE JUICE (OR WATER) – At 5g of natural sugars in 60g of orange juice some may want to omit this from the sauce. I rolled with it in my low carb cranberry sauce recipe. Cranberry sauce is something I don’t have very often and a the natural sugars from the juice truly equate to not much at all per serve in a cranberry sauce with no sugar added. You choose what is good for you.

bowls of cranberries, cranberry sauce, and oranges

HOW TO MAKE SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE

  • Place sweetener in a large wide pan over medium high heat. When sweetener is melted add star anise and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes or until a caramel begins to form.
melting sweetener in a frying pan
  • Add star anise and continue to heat the sweetener for another 2 minutes to infuse the star anise.
cranberries in a frying pan
  • Add cranberries, salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, and cook until cranberries begin to pop and release juices into the pan.
low carb cranberry sauce in a saucepan
  • Add remaining ingredients and continue to cook until thick and jammy.
  • Remove from heat. Discard star anise and and store in an airtight jar.
Cranberry sauce on a white plate

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spoonful of cranberry sauce with star anise on top

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spoonful of cranberry sauce with star anise on top

Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Sauce

A Low Carb Cranberry Sauce with a touch of spice and orange zest is a heavenly thing. No added sugar and the perfect balance of sweet and savoury this keto sauce is set to be a hit on any table.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Sauces, sides
Cuisine: American, Christmas
Keyword: homemade cranberry sauce, keto cranberry sauce, low carb cranberry sauce, sugar free cranberry sauce
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 23kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 10 serves
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Ingredients

  • 150 g powdered or granular white sweetener
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine whiskey, or brandy
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup orange juice or water

Instructions

  • Place sweetener in a large wide pan over medium high heat. When sweetener is melted add star anise and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes or until a caramel begins to form.
  • Add star anise and continue to heat the sweetener for another 2 minutes to infuse the star anise.
  • Add cranberries, salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, and cook until cranberries begin to pop and release juices into the pan.
  • Add remaining ingredients and continue to cook until thick and jammy.
  • Remove from heat. Discard star anise and and store in an airtight jar.

Notes

Some sweeteners may form crystals upon cooling. Powdered sweetener does reduce this affect.
To remove the crystals just slightly heat or leave at room temperature to melt.
STORAGE
Cranberry sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
SUBSTITUTES
Cranberries can be substitutes with any low car berry but will be slightly sweeter.
The orange juice added in this recipe adds 1g extra net carb to reduce to 3g net carb per 2 tbsp serve just use water. I just love the flavour and personally I would only use half of the serving size anyway.

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 2mg | Net Carbs: 4g
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