10 Oct Refined Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
I was never much of a fan of cranberry sauce growing up because of it’s bitter flavour. This cranberry sauce is naturally sweetened and super easy to make. Since this cranberry sauce is sweet it’s extremely versatile.
On that note, if you’re into sweet cranberry sauce then you’re in for a treat today!
There is a secret ingredient in here called agar agar that helps thicken the sauce. Agar agar is a seaweed, more specifically it’s derived from a red algae. It helps to promote satiety, keep you regular, prevents anemia, regulate blood sugar, and strengthen bones. This is because agar agar contains fibre, as well as a range of micronutrients including: manganese, magnesium, iron, and folate. If you’re worried that your cranberry sauce will taste different because of this ingredient trust me it’s virtually tasteless.
This sauce is super easy to make! Only 1-pot required and less than 20 minutes from start to finish. If you’re making it for a holiday or event it’s convenient to make it beforehand. When this sauce goes cold it will turn into a dense jelly texture, to turn it into a sauce again simply warm it in a small saucepan.
You can use this recipe in so many ways; eat it as a dessert, spread it on toast, use it in your oatmeal, add it to whipped cream, add it to a smoothie, top it on pancakes, serve it as a sauce to compliment a holiday meal, and more! If you make this recipe be sure to let me know what you think of it, comment and rate it below. Save it to your Pinterest boards to save for later and share a picture with me on Instagram @gillianelizab3th.
- 1½ cups (6 ounces) cranberries
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- ½ cup filtered water
- 1½ tablespoons agar agar powder
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Dash of cinnamon or cinnamon stick
- Dash of clove or whole clove
- Place the cranberries in a pot with orange juice and water. Cover and bring to a boil, the cranberries will begin to pop.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, stir in the agar agar, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
- Place the orange zest, maple syrup, cinnamon, and clove in the pot, stir together.
- Serve the sauce warm or pour it into an airtight container and let it sit in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The sauce will thicken as it sits.