This easy keto, low carb cranberry sauce has a hint of orange, and is perfectly sweet, but made without adding sugar and has just 5 ingredients!
EASY KETO CRANBERRY SAUCE
This easy keto cranberry sauce takes little time in the kitchen and is packed full of flavor! No one will be able to tell this cranberry sauce is sugar free and low carb!
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. With just a few simple ingredients and a wonderful sugar free sweetener, you can still enjoy cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving even if you're on a keto or low carb diet!
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.
Because it's so low in calories and carbs you can go enjoy some more pie! Maybe my Low Carb 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!
FRESH OR FROZEN CRANBERRIES
Fresh is best, but frozen can be used in this recipe. If using frozen, best to thaw the bag overnight in the fridge the day before you want to make the recipe, don't drain anything, use as is and follow the instructions below.
HOW TO MAKE EASY KETO CRANBERRY SAUCE
- Fresh cranberries, 24 ounces or frozen
- Swerve Confectioners sweetener, 1 cup
- Orange zest, about 2 teaspoons fresh
- Orange liquid stevia or even vanilla liquid stevia
Combine cranberries, water, Swerve, orange zest to a sauce pan.
Boil over medium heat, stir frequently, mash cranberries if needed, for about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and add stevia.
Cool slightly then taste and adjust sweetener.
Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
LOW CARB SWEETENER OPTIONS
- I've used a combination of Swerve confectioners and liquid stevia orange flavored. If you aren't a fan of stevia, just add another cup of Swerve.
- Allulose is another wonderful sweetener that won't spike your blood sugar. Use the same amount as the Swerve in the recipe as it is about the same sweetness as Swerve.
- Monk Fruit is also another sweetener I use and enjoy. In granulated form it does combine monk fruit with erythritol. It is sweeter than both Swerve and Allulose so you would only need ¾ cup.
I created the Most Comprehensive Guide to Natural Sugar-Free Low Carb Keto Sweeteners! You will learn all about natural sugar free sweeteners, which sweeteners to use for your baking needs, how to replace the different sweeteners, best sweeteners conversion chart including Stevia, Erythritol, Monk Fruit & Allulose as well as sugar substitutes to avoid. Please use my Sweetener Guide and conversion chart for other sweeteners to try!
CAN I LEAVE OUT THE ORANGE ZEST?
Yes, if you really don't want the orange zest you can certainly leave it out. But I recommend it as cranberries can be so tart, the orange zest helps balance the flavors and the acidity really makes for a wonderful bright flavor.
KETO THANKSGIVING RECIPES
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be scary if you're following a low-carb or keto diet. It also doesn't have to be a crazy day of eating all the things, since Thanksgiving only comes once a year.
Making a decision to eat low-carb and/or keto on Thanksgiving is not a sacrifice, it does not have to feel like deprivation at all. The recipes I'm sharing below will make you feel like you are not losing out on anything everyone else is eating.
The key to making this a sustainable way of life is planning and preparing ahead the wonderful low carb recipes that you can share with everyone you're with. I can guarantee no one will even realize they are eating a low carb dish or keto Thanksgiving dessert.
- Keto Pumpkin Pie
- Keto Pumpkin Cauliflower Mash
- Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprout Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread
- Pecan Pie in my Naturally Keto Cookbook!
KETO LOW CARB CRANBERRY SAUCE
Low Carb Orange Cranberry Sauce
- 24 ounces fresh cranberries
- 2 cup water
- 1 cup Swerve confectioners
- 2 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 teaspoons liquid stevia orange flavor preferred but not necessary
- Combine cranberries, water, Swerve, orange zest to a sauce pan.
- Boil over medium heat, stir frequently, mash cranberries if needed, for about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add stevia.
- Cool slightly then taste and adjust sweetener.
- Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
I do not see applesauce as an ingredient or in the recoupe. Also someone said OJ which I don't see either both of which would take this out of low carb eating. What gives here? Is the recipe correct?
This recipe was posted in 2014 and had applesauce in it as well as a small amount of orange juice. I adapted my recipe to become keto by eliminating those ingredients.
Your Nutrition Facts don't include what a serving size is. Can you include that, please?
Thank you so much for your inspiration!
Rose | The Clean Dish
I haven't used Stevia in forever! Seems like the perfect recipe for it!!
This is my kind of cranberry sauce! Love that touch of citrus here.
I love the addition of applesauce. Nice touch.
Nancy [email protected]
I absolutely love how you took the sugar out of this! Sounds like the perfect alternative way of cooking cranberry sauce!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this beautiful jelly gets to adorn your table this year!
I want to swim in this. That's totally appropriate right? Happy Thanksgiving, hope you have a fabulous day.
Orange and cranberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Beautiful sauce and love that it's low sugar!
next to stuffing, cranberry sauce is my favorite part of thanksgiving dinner. I could meake a whole meal out of just those two things.
With applesauce?! I love it! And orange flavored cranberry sauce is the best!
Heather | girlichef
This does sound fantastic - and it's so darn pretty, too. 🙂
So pretty - and definitely healthier than the store-bought version!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
This cranberry sauce is a beauty!! I posted one today, too - mine is not nearly as pretty 🙂
Awe thanks Ashley! Yours WAS pretty, I saw it!! Happy Thanksgiving!!
Orange cranberry is my favorite, and I loved that you found a way to lower the sugar!
Love homemade cranberry sauce! Happy Thanksgiving !
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.
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?
Sorry, it wasa typo, just add the unsweetened applesauce
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 🙂
glad you like it, let me know if u try it. 🙂
Can I omit the OJ and use more stevia. I am diabetic and OJ raised my BS sky high
Yes you could and replace with water.