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Murielle Banackissa
Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

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25 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins
Serves 10

Tangy, bright in flavor, and lightly sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup, this cranberry sauce is wonderful served alongside any holiday meal or as a condiment in wraps, sandwiches, and even tacos.


  • cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup , optional


  1. Step 1

    Add cranberries, applesauce and water to a small saucepan and heat over high heat.

  2. Step 2

    When it starts boiling, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the cranberries are soft, mixing every 5 minutes or so.

  3. Step 3

    Add pepper and maple syrup to taste.

  4. Step 4

    Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a jar. Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • No fresh cranberries? Swap them out for the frozen variety, you will just have to adapt the cooking time to allow for the berries to thaw.
  • Want extra sweetness? Add more maple syrup or use a sweetened applesauce.
homemade cranberry sauce in a glass mason jar