Cranberry Sauce Recipe with No Added Sugar
Cranberry sauce adds a splash of color and heat to any Thanksgiving spread. The problem is, cranberries are naturally quite sour on their own, and the sweetness you taste in most recipes usually comes from more sugar than a can of soda. If you want to indulge in sweets, save them for dessert. This cranberry […]

Cranberry sauce adds a splash of color and heat to any Thanksgiving spread. The problem is, cranberries are naturally quite sour on their own, and the sweetness you taste in most recipes usually comes from more sugar than a can of soda.

If you want to indulge in sweets, save them for dessert. This cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened with applesauce, with the option of using maple syrup, honey, or your favorite natural sweetener if you want to tone down the acidity.

It's easy to make and probably the fastest recipe you'll make for your entire Thanksgiving celebration. Here's how to do it.

No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Time spent in the kitchen: 15 minutes

Serves: 8 to 10


  • 18 ounces fresh cranberries (we love Honestly cranberry)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 1/8 c. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 c. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 c. 1/2 tsp ground ginger


Place the cranberries and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.

Stir in the applesauce, orange juice, honey and orange zest.

cranberry sauce ingredients in a saucepan

When the pot comes to a boil, reduce to a boil and stir in the ground cloves, ginger and cinnamon.

simmered cranberries for cranberry sauceSimmer the sauce for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reaches the consistency of your taste. Taste the sauce from time to time and adjust the sweetener to taste.

finished cranberry sauce recipe in a pan

Serve this cranberry sauce with your favorite meat or holiday meal. It's also delicious as a low sugar sweet option when paired with a little coconut cream, dark chocolate, or fresh whipped cream.

bowl of cranberry sauce using a sugar free recipe

- If the cranberry sauce is too tangy for you as directed, feel free to add additional honey. You can also use maple syrup.
- Depending on the power of your stove burner and the size of your cranberries, you may need a little more or less time for the sauce to finish cooking.

bowl of cranberry sauce using a sugar free recipe

Nutritional values ​​(1/8 of the recipe):

  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 0g
  • Total carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Net carbs: 10g
  • Protein: 0g


About the Author

Priscilla Chamessian

Food blogger, recipe developer and personal chef based in Missouri, Priscilla specializes in low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, and low-FODMAP cuisine. See what she cooks on Cooks Priscillaand follow his culinary adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.

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