This super simple cranberry sauce recipe is free from added sugar, and beats the canned version any day!


  • 2 cups frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 6 dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Finely chop the dates.
  2. Combine the cranberries, cider, dates, cinnamon and ginger in a medium saucepan. Turn the stove onto medium heat and cook until the cranberries disintegrate, and the sauce becomes thick.
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Caitlin K. 23 Nov 2017
Amazing and easy to make! In regards to added sugar, I feel like they mean no added PROCESSED sugars. Natural sugars are a lot easier for ppl to digest and are better for you than processed sugars. If you enjoy apples regularly on a no processed sugars diet, then apple cider (fresh from the orchard, no sugar added) is still in line with your diet plan. Our thanksgiving has a no dairy, no wheat products, no processed sugars restriction this year.... this cranberry sauce was the perfect fit 😊
Jamie J. 18 Nov 2017
Technically, apple cider is full of added sugar so this has added sugar; however, 1/8 cup (2 fl ounces) if this serves 8 isn't the end of the world. It's just annoying that people don't understand what added sugar is!
Ginika Leszczynski 15 Nov 2017
Not really sure it is fair to rate because I strayed from the original recipe but tried to keep to the basic confines of the ingredients. I loved the way mine turned out, however. I used a c. of 'lite' cranberry juice instead of cider, chopped six Medjool dates and about 1/4 cup of chopped candied ginger, 6 teaspoons of sugar (since other reviewer said it tasted sour) and some cinnamon sugar. I upped the cranberries to one 12 oz. bag. After the ingredients boiled and turned to mush, I took it off the stove and added 1 chopped red pear and 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce (store bought). It was still slightly tart but that was the flavor I was going for.....
melanie 15 Nov 2017
Tried this and it was amazing how sweet it was even though there's no added sugar!