No Sugar Cranberry Orange Sauce

No Sugar Cranberry Orange Sauce

The smooth version of this No Sugar Cranberry Orange Sauce is a hit with holiday meals, but also makes a fantastic chicken marinade and salad dressing. Easy to make ahead of time or in large batches for freezing.

No Sugar Cranberry Orange Sauce

No Sugar Cranberry Orange Sauce

  • Author: Fresh. Out.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces, dressing, holiday, marinade
  • Method: Stove top


A versatile No Sugar Cranberry Orange Sauce you can make ahead of time.



  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
  • 3 medium oranges: juice and zest from 2 (about 1/3 cup; fruit from 1
  • 1/2 cup date paste (or 810 pitted dates, soaked in water overnight then drained)
  • 2/3 cup water, divided
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp Swerve Brown Sweetener, packed
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon


Do the Prep

  1. Thoroughly rinse, sort and drain cranberries, removing any debris. Add berries to a medium sauce pan with a heavy bottom.
  2. Zest and juice two oranges, then remove peel and pith from a third. Add the juice, zest and fruit to the pot.
  3. If using whole dates, discard any liquid not absorbed and pulse the dates in a food processor or blender, then add to the pot. If using date paste, simply add to pot.

Cooking the Berries

  1. Add 1/3 cup water, sweeteners and cinnamon to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and and simmer until the cranberries split (some will make an audible “pop”) and soften, 10-15 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning the dates.

Chunky or Smooth

  1. Remove from heat and carefully transfer to a food processor or blender. Pulse for a chunky sauce, or blend until as smooth as possible, then press through a fine mesh strainer for a velvety smooth sauce.
  2. Add part or all of the reserved 1/3 cup water, if needed, to achieve desired consistency.


  • Refrigerate in an airtight container 3-4 days. Freeze in a zip top freezer bag with air removed for up to 3 months.
  • Make date paste in large batches, divide into 1/2 cup portions, and store in zip top freezer bags with air removed for up to a year. You’ll have it on hand whenever you need dates for a recipe. Just remember 1/2 cup is equal to 8-10 soaked dates.

Keywords: cranberry, orange, cranberry sauce, sugar-free


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