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  • Gabriele Wolf PhD ND

No-Sugar-Added Cranberry Sauce

Most cranberry sauce recipes add tons of sugar to mask the tart taste of the cranberries. In this simple cranberry sauce, we lighten things up by skipping the sugar and opting for a healthier combination of dates and apple cider which adds just enough sweetness without overpowering the cranberry flavor.


1 cup apple cider

⅓ cup pitted dates

3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Puree apple cider and dates in a blender until fairly smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan, along with the cranberries. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until most of the cranberries have broken down, 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Per Serving:

56 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 14.2g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 10.2g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 37.3IU; vitamin c 6.4mg; folate 1.5mcg; calcium 8mg; iron 0.2mg; magnesium 6.4mg; potassium 84.1mg; sodium 1mg.

Will stay fresh in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

Bon Apetit

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