This delicious naturally sweetened cranberry sauce has 75% less added sugar than most recipes and is sweetened using natural ingredients like applesauce and orange juice.
Ok, guys. Let’s buckle up. It’s game time.
What’s your game plan? Your lineup?
No, no, no. Not that game. It’s time to get your plan in order for Thanksgiving!
Don’t fret. If you’re in a pickle about what to serve up, I’ll be coming at you with Thanksgiving recipes over the next couple weeks…right up until…game day!
One of my favorite Thanksgiving sides is homemade cranberry sauce. Which is kind of funny because I don’t eat turkey on Thanksgiving. But in case you were not aware, cranberry sauce is SUPERB on TOFURKEY. Yes, I do eat tofurkey. No, not regularly. And actually not that brand either. I just call it tofurkey because I like saying the word. TOOOEEEEFUUUURKEYYYYY. Say it with me.
I’m not the vegetarian who eats all that processed faux-meat junk but on this one joyous occasion, I make an exception. Actually, the last couple years I’ve chosen Field Roast’s Celebration Roast – the ingredient list isn’t all that scary – and they stuff it with delicious whole foods like butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms. Win!
So I pair my Field Roast with homemade cranberry sauce and I’m one happy lady.
I’m even more happy when my cranberry sauce doesn’t have a ton of added sugar in it. Most recipes for cranberry sauce call for at least a cup of sugar and that’s a LOT. So, I made a version that has 75% less added sugar and is sweetened by naturally occurring sugars like applesauce and orange juice.
This cranberry sauce was the perfect ratio of tangy to sweet. I don’t think I’ll ever make cranberry sauce with sugar again. It so doesn’t need it.
- 1 12-oz bag cranberries (approx. 4 cups)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Add cranberries, juice, applesauce, and agave to a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to simmer and add nutmeg.
- Let simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes until most of the cranberries have burst.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Are you ready for game day? Will cranberry sauce be on the menu? Check out these recipes for more Thanksgiving ideas: