Low Sugar Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce  made from scratch with far less sugar and calories than usual.

Low Sugar Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Welcome to the fifth and final day I will be posting with #CranberryWeek! All week long I have been sharing my newest recipes for using that delicious autumn berry along with a group of blogging friends. I am sure we will have it  covered from A-Z! I want to thank Caroline Williams again for all her hard work and extra effort in  organizing this event for everyone to enjoy. You can follow her blog at Caroline’s Cooking.

Today’s recipe is for a blood orange cranberry sauce made from scratch which uses Truvia Baking Blend along with Swerve granular (erythritol)  to reduce the sugar amount without affecting the quality. It still has some sugar in it (it is not 100% sugar-free) but far less than it would have otherwise. It effectively reduces the sugar carbs by 88%, which for a diabetic like myself is win-win. I’ve left some links for you below if you need more info on them or want to buy those online.

Click to view more info or purchase Swerve granular

If you should choose to use another sweetener, half cup of Truvia baking blend is equal to one cup granulated sugar so you can make your calculations accordingly.  The Swerve granular measures the same as sugar. I used a mixture because it is what I had on hand at the time.

Click to view more info or purchase Truvia Baking Blend:

This recipe also uses blood oranges which are in season from December through May- although you can also use normal juice oranges in a pinch. The flavor using blood orange is stronger and more aromatic however,  with a hint of raspberry on the palate. I was happy to  have received some from Melissa’s Produce as part of Freaky Fruits Friday and I had extra from that event (which I have used here).

Click to view more info or purchase on Blood Oranges from Melissa’s:

Cranberry Week

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Hosted by Caroline Williams

Low Sugar Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yield: 4 cups


  • 1 pound fresh cranberries 
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 cup Truvia Baking blend sweetener or Swerve granular sweetener
  • 1/2 cup Swerve granular
  • 2 teaspoons zest from the blood oranges 
  • 1 tablespoon butter (to reduce foaming)


  1. Place berries and juice in a saucepan and heat until the berries start popping.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer,  covered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Chill to set up the sauce completely.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

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Disclaimer: Although I have received complimentary product for use in the development of this recipe, all opinions are my own.

All material © Sue Lau and Palatable Pastime

5 responses

  1. I have yet to be brave enough to bake with those sugar substitutes, but I’ll have to try cooking with them for sure. On another not, I wish blood oranges were available year round! So good.

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