Low Sugar Orange Cranberry Sauce

 This low sugar cranberry sauce has a hint of orange flavor, perfectly sweet but made without sugar!

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Cranberry sauce or jelly whichever your preference is the epitome of Thanksgiving. Without it,  the table is just not ready, and if not served on Thanksgiving someone will inevitably ask for it.

Why do we love it so? Possibly the high sugar content in store bought kinds is my guess.

Will it taste just as good without the refined sugar in it you wonder?


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With a slight hint of orange zesty-ness and perfectly sweetened with orange flavored stevia you won’t have anyone asking if it’s healthy. If you don’t have orange flavored stevia on hand, use plain stevia or even lemon would work.

For only 20 calories per half cup and 2.8 grams of natural sugars I think that’s a pretty good difference than typical store bought sugary cranberry sauce. Gotta save some carbs here so you can enjoy them on other goodies right?

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 Because it’s so low in calories and carbs you can go enjoy some more pie! Maybe my Low Carb Low Sugar Chocolate Pecan pie is going on your table this year? I’d love to hear if you make it for family and if they can even tell it’s low carb or low sugar, let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda’s Notes:

  • If you don’t use stevia you could try Swerve or Truvia to sweeten this. I would suggest 1/2 cup then taste and adjust as needed.

Low Sugar Orange Cranberry Sauce
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 12
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 20
  • Fat: .1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1g
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: .2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 (12 ounce bags fresh cranberries)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid stevia, orange flavor preferred but not necessary
  1. Combine cranberries, water, orange juice, zest and applesauce to a sauce pan.
  2. Boil over medium heat, stir frequently, mash cranberries if needed, for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add stevia.
  4. Cool slightly then taste and adjust sweetener.
  5. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  6. Good for up to 3 weeks.

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  1. Omg. I have never seen or heard of eating jelly like this before! All this American food bloggers are really opening up my eyes new food!

    -From your Aussie fan :-)

  2. I see you are supposed to add apple in the 1st step, but there is no apple listed in the ingredients. How much? Peeled and diced/chopped?

  3. If I don’t have any liquid Stevia, how many packets of Stevia can I use?

    • You’ll have to taste and adjust it to your liking. I would say 6 to start. Let me know how many you end up using.

  4. Love homemade cranberry sauce! Happy Thanksgiving !

  5. Orange cranberry is my favorite, and I loved that you found a way to lower the sugar!

  6. This cranberry sauce is a beauty!! I posted one today, too – mine is not nearly as pretty :)

  7. So pretty – and definitely healthier than the store-bought version!

  8. This does sound fantastic – and it’s so darn pretty, too. :)

  9. With applesauce?! I love it! And orange flavored cranberry sauce is the best!

  10. next to stuffing, cranberry sauce is my favorite part of thanksgiving dinner. I could meake a whole meal out of just those two things.

  11. Orange and cranberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Beautiful sauce and love that it’s low sugar!

  12. I want to swim in this. That’s totally appropriate right? Happy Thanksgiving, hope you have a fabulous day.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this beautiful jelly gets to adorn your table this year!

  14. I absolutely love how you took the sugar out of this! Sounds like the perfect alternative way of cooking cranberry sauce!

  15. I love the addition of applesauce. Nice touch.

  16. This is my kind of cranberry sauce! Love that touch of citrus here.

  17. I haven’t used Stevia in forever! Seems like the perfect recipe for it!!


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