No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce (2 Ways)

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Whole berry…

 

 

 

 

…or jellied

 

 

 

 

 

These easy recipes use medjool dates instead of refined sugar… a much healthier and wholesome choice!  Cranberries on their own are very tart (try one raw!), so pairing them with something sweet is practically a must.  I posted this recipe last year for a homemade cranberry sauce that consisted of cranberries, apples and dates.  This year I’m making it using only cranberries and dates, one way chunky and the other more blended.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of fresh cranberries (or one 12 oz bag)
  • 1/2 cup pitted, chopped medjool dates (packed, this was 4 for me)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • dash of salt, optional

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool, give it a good stir and store in a glass container in the fridge.
  • OR, enjoy it warm off the stove.

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Cranberries, dates, water and a touch of salt in the saucepan ready to heat up.

 

 

 

After just 10 minutes of cooking you get deliciousness!

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I love the chunks of cranberry (some of them pop in your mouth!) and date bits– but if you prefer a more “jellied” sauce, try this method:

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of fresh cranberries (or one 12 oz bag)
  • 1/2 cup pitted, halved medjool dates (packed, this was 4 for me)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • dash of salt, optional

Directions:

  • Soak the pitted dates in one cup of hot water to soften them (at least 20 minutes). 
  • Puree the softened dates with their soaking water in a blender until smooth. 
  • Add the cranberries and the date/water mixture to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool, give it a good stir and store in a glass container in the fridge.
  • OR, enjoy it warm off the stove.

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Dates soaking in hot water, which softens them and makes them easier to blend into a purée.

 

 

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Cranberries stirred with the date/water purée before cooking.

 

 

 

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Your yummy sauce is done in 10 minutes!

 

 

 

 

A note about sweetness:  These recipes call for a half cup of dates to 3 cups of cranberries.  Most traditional cranberry sauce recipes use 1 cup of sugar to 3 cups of berries and therefore, are much sweeter.  This may taste a little more tart than what you are used to because of the decrease in sugar.  Sweetness is relative and it’s all about what your taste buds are accustomed to experiencing.  If you regularly eat foods that are highly sweetened, then you come to expect things you eat to have a certain level of sweetness.  It is completely natural to crave sweet flavors, however our bodies are not designed to metabolize large amounts of refined sugar.   By gradually decreasing the amount of added sugar in your diet and using more fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can “reset” your taste buds to appreciate a subtler amount of sweetness in your food.

If you are looking  to make a sweeter sauce you can simply increase the number of dates!

Have you modified any of your old holiday recipes to make them better for your health?

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One Response to No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce (2 Ways)

  1. Hi Corinne, I can’t wait to try this over Christmas! I’ve been looking for a whole-food cranberry sauce recipe, and now I have one. Thanks for posting!

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