Cranberry Sauce with Honey and Lemon



of which Sugars3g3%
of which Saturates0g0%

Nutrients Proportions

  • carbs 84%
  • sugars 56%
  • fats 0%
  • saturates 0%
  • proteins 2%
  • fibers 14%
* All data is per serving
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This cranberry sauce recipe with honey and lemon juice is as simple to prepare as healthy and nutritious. It’s made with only three ingredients:

  • dried cranberries

  • freshly squeezed lemon

  • a splash of golden honey

This dip is an essential ingredient in many recipes for Christmas or Thanksgiving but it’s also found in other recipes.

The cranberry sauce comes in many versions like those with wine or port, orange zest, and cardamom. We wanted to propose an easy sugar-free cranberry sauce that suits any dish, taste, and diet. In fact, there are no alcohol and refined sugars ❤️.

Just a spoonful of delicious honey and a squeeze of lemon juice are enough to make this healthy sauce. The lemon also helps to add a nice flavor and prevent oxidation of the berries allowing you to store the sauce for longer.

If any recipe calls for cranberry sauce just make your own and avoid store-bought sauces which are often loaded with sugars and preservatives. In three easy steps, you can prepare a naturally sweet sauce. Because this dish is different from jam, the sugar content should be lower. Therefore the sauce has a slight tart flavor but, if you prefer a sweeter taste, just add more honey 👌


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Dry Cranberries100 g
Honey1 tbsp
Lemon Juice1 tbsp
Water250 mL

step 1

Combine the dried cranberries with honey in a saucepan.

Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and stir well. Avoid dropping the lemon seeds or the sauce will get a very bitter taste. A lemon squeezer can easily help you to extract the juices while holding any seeds.

Transfer the pan to the hob and turn to medium heat. 

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step 2

Next, add the water and simmer for 10 minutes without the lid. This way, water evaporates allowing the sauce to thicken. As the cranberries absorb water, they swell and burst releasing their delicious juice.

Stir occasionally to avoid having the cranberries sticking to the bottom of the pan as the sauce reduces.

When the sauce is thick and has a jelly-like consistency, remove the pan from the heat. Remember that the sauce will thicken every more as it cools down.

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step 3

Next, blend the cranberries into a smooth sauce using a hand blender straight in the hob or transfer into the food processor bowl and blitz. The sauce should smooth, thick and gelatinous.

If preferred, you can also blend only two-thirds of the sauce and to keep bits of cranberries in the final sauce.

This naturally sweetened cranberry sauce is delicious both warm and cold depending on your recipe, but we recommend serving it slightly warm.

Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Foodacious Tips

  • To prepare this healthy cranberry sauce without sugar we recommend to use the dried fruit as it naturally rich in sugars thus reducing the amount of additional sweeteners used. However you can also use fresh cranberries and adjust the amount of honey.

  • For a vegan easy sugar-free cranberry sauce just substitute honey with maple or agave syrup.