Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce

5 from 5 votes

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Our Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce is less than half the calories as canned sauce, only 12 calories per tablespoon! It is loaded with the flavors of cranberries, apples, oranges, and raspberries.

Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce topped with ornage slices in a white Serving Dish

Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce

Who says things have to be higher in sugar in order to be delicious? When it comes to one of the stars of the show on your Thanksgiving table, this Cranberry Sauce is a great alternative. Now you can cut unnecessary sugars/calories out of your Thanksgiving dinner, leaving room for more calories in another food.

This recipe yields 3 cups. Serving size = 1 Tbsp. = 12 calories

The More Fruit the Merrier

Not only does this Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce hit the mark as far as your health, it adds so much more complexity of flavors to this traditional food. I love the addition of all the other fruit. The raspberries, apples, and oranges just add an extra delicious flavor! I actually made this recipe with fresh cranberries (because it is what I had on hand) and it turned out perfectly. So frozen or fresh, either works great. I guess just use whatever you have on hand or whatever is cheapest at your grocery store!

Thanksgiving Dinner Tricks and Tips

When it comes to fixing the biggest meal of the year, we are never surprised to find people who face the task with a certain amount of trepidation. We understand. It’s a lot of pressure. Certain traditions. Everyone has a different favorite food. It’s a lot to plan out if you are the one at the helm. But of course, we have loads of recipes to help with all that.

The Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce is another tasty recipe from the executive chef at Fitness Ridge, Chef Sam. If you want to see more tasty low-calorie Thanksgiving recipes, check out our 530-Calorie Thanksgiving Dinner menu! Click HERE! That way you can make the whole meal with a healthier outcome in mind.

However, some people prefer to stick with traditions and get back on the health bandwagon the day after Thanksgiving — or later… Either way, there are a few basics you definitely want to keep in mind:

How To Make Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce

Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce topped with ornage slices in a white Serving Dish

Low-Sugar Cranberry Sauce

5 from 5 votes
Our Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce is less than half the calories as canned sauce, 12 calories per Tbsp!  Made with cranberries, apples, oranges, and raspberries.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 20



  • Add everything but the butter to a sauté pan and cook until most of the liquid has reduced.
  • Take off the heat and stir in the butter. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 13.4mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    wow cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things for the holidays like the fact you are suggesting a low sugar option.

  2. This looks like a great cranberry sauce. I have never made it before and was looking for a lower in sugar recipe. This one is the one I am going to try!

  3. Looks fabulous! Nice gathering of flavors. Thanks! Now to find your 530 cal Thanksgiving menu as the hotlink isn’t working.