vegan • plant-based • dairy-free • gluten-free • paleo

The sharp and slightly bitter fruitiness of cranberry sauce makes it the perfect accompaniment to nut roast and other savoury bakes.

If you can get hold of some fresh cranberries in winter, have a go at making your own – it’s pretty simple, and packs a punch of flavour. We get cranberries from Abel & Cole. When raw, the colours are amazing – they hardly look real.

Cranberries

This recipe makes about 300 ml or 8 generous servings. You could always make extra while cranberries are in season and freeze some for later.

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

What I like about home-made cranberry sauce is that you can control the sweetness and additional flavours. This recipe has plenty of orange and wintry spices, which make the whole house smell cosy 🙂

We try to go easy on the natural sweeteners, so it has no added syrup – just a few chopped dates. If it’s too sharp for your taste, you can either add more dates or a sweetener of your choice, such as date syrup, maple syrup, or coconut blossom nectar.

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

 200 g fresh cranberries
 50 g dried dates, finely chopped
 1 orange – juice & zest
 ¼ tsp vanilla essence
 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
 ¼ tsp ground cloves

1

Add the cranberries, orange juice, orange zest and spices to a small saucepan, and bring to the boil.

2

Turn the heat down low to a simmer, stirring frequently.

3

It should take around 15 minutes for all the cranberries to pop. Once that happens, take the pan off the heat.

4

Add the chopped dates and 2 tbsp of water. Stir until the dates are mixed in evenly.

Ingredients

 200 g fresh cranberries
 50 g dried dates, finely chopped
 1 orange – juice & zest
 ¼ tsp vanilla essence
 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
 ¼ tsp ground cloves

Directions

1

Add the cranberries, orange juice, orange zest and spices to a small saucepan, and bring to the boil.

2

Turn the heat down low to a simmer, stirring frequently.

3

It should take around 15 minutes for all the cranberries to pop. Once that happens, take the pan off the heat.

4

Add the chopped dates and 2 tbsp of water. Stir until the dates are mixed in evenly.

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Can’t get fresh cranberries, or don’t feel up to it? Meridian do a lovely ready-made jar, which you can get all year round:

Meridian Organic Cranberry Sauce »





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