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No Sugar Cranberry Sauce (Perfectly Sweet & Tart!)

by Heather

The most delicious no sugar cranberry sauce! It is sweetened with apple juice concentrate and orange juice – the perfect pair for cranberries that are naturally tart. Add in spices and you’re left with a healthier cranberry sauce to bring to your thanksgiving table!

no sugar cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce with no added sugar

Do you find most cranberry sauce recipes are loaded with sugar? I do!

Cranberries are naturally tart on their own, so they do need a little sweetness added in. But what if instead of loads of sugar, we used apple juice concentrate and orange juice? The pair go SO well with cranberries!

This will become your go to cranberry sauce recipe because it is easy to make, and so good!

no sugar cranberry sauce

Is it a very sweet cranberry sauce?

If you’re on the lookout for a traditionally sweet cranberry sauce, this may not be the one for you.

If you’re used to naturally sweet, lower sugar treats, you will love this. The apple juice concentrate adds just the right amount of sweetness to contrast the tart cranberries.

If you’re serving it to a crowd that likes more sweetness, add 1/4 cup honey right at the end!

no sugar cranberry sauce

What you’ll need

  • fresh cranberries
  • frozen apple juice concentrate
  • orange
  • cinnamon stick
  • clove
  • all spice

How to make no sugar cranberry sauce

  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat combine the cranberries, apple juice concentrate, zest and juice from the entire orange, cinnamon stick, clove and all spice.  Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping as they cook.
  2. After 20 minutes most of the cranberries should have opened up. You can leave any whole cranberries as they are, or mash them. Your preference. Serve the cranberry sauce warm or chill it in the fridge and then serve at room temperature.
no sugar cranberry sauce

How to use leftover cranberry sauce

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no sugar cranberry sauce

No Sugar Cranberry Sauce

The most delicious no sugar cranberry sauce! It is sweetened with apple juice concentrate and orange juice – the perfect pair for cranberries that are naturally tart. Add in spices and you're left with a healthier cranberry sauce to bring to your thanksgiving table!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, sauce
Servings: 10
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh cranberries
  • 12 oz apple juice concentrate (frozen, but defrosted is okay)
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/8 tsp all spice

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, over medium heat combine the cranberries, apple juice concentrate, zest and juice from the entire orange, cinnamon stick, clove and all spice.  Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You'll hear the cranberries popping as they cook.
    how to make no sugar cranberry sauce
  • After 20 minutes most of the cranberries should have opened up. You can leave any whole cranberries as they are, or mash them. Your preference. Serve the cranberry sauce warm or chill it in the fridge and then serve at room temperature.
    how to make no sugar cranberry sauce

Did you make this recipe? Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood and use the hashtag #fitmamarealfood on Instagram so I can see what you’re making!

no sugar cranberry sauce

If you try this recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in November 2010. Updated November 2020.*

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10 comments

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 22, 2010 - 10:04 am

We have never had cranberry sauce at our Thanksgiving. I do like dishes with cranberries in them that I have had elsewehere though. I agree there needs to be a little sweet to balance out the tart, so this recipe sounds really good!

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Kristen (swanky dietitian) November 22, 2010 - 12:58 pm

I have never made cranberry sauce. I hate at admit but my family always uses the canned cranberries. I grew up eating them so I don’t know any different i guess.
This sounds just delicious though!

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Julie M. November 22, 2010 - 5:26 pm

I love homemade cranberry sauce! Your looks delicious! Can I ask what sucanat is?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 23, 2010 - 5:19 am

Sucanat stands for sugar cane natural. It’s sugar is the most natural form. Sucanat still has some molasses flavor to it so you could actually substitute brown sugar for it or white sugar.

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Pure2raw Twins November 22, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Cranberry sauce looks great! We did about 25 of your burpees blast challenge as part of our workout today. They were killers, haha!! Loved it!

~Lori

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Get Healthy with Heather November 23, 2010 - 5:16 am

Nice Lori!

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marla@familyfreshcooking.com November 25, 2010 - 3:46 pm

I like how you put apple cider in this cranberry sauce. YUM!!

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Suzanne Schindler November 18, 2020 - 7:16 am

If I only have apple juice (Not concentrate) and orange juice, how much apple juice would you recommend?

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Heather November 18, 2020 - 11:20 am

Hey Suzanne! I’d use 1.5 cups – it may not be as sweet but should still be dellicous!

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