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Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce

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Looking for a keto-friendly Thanksgiving cranberry sauce recipe that is easy and flavorful? Look no further.

Cranberry sauce is one of my all-time favorite condiments even when it’s not holiday season! Typically though a serving of traditional cranberry sauce can contain upwards of 22 grams of sugar, that’s crazy.

This keto cranberry sauce has a tiny fraction of that and is spiced with fresh oranges and spices like clove and cinnamon.

Serve this healthy low-carb cranberry sauce with your holiday meal and I guarantee no one will be able to tell the difference. It’s perfect on your holiday turkey but I even love it on taco bowls, trust me. A bit of cauliflower rice with grilled steak, squash, and kale this makes a perfect “harvest” style bowl you will love!

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Serving size about 1/4 cup/ 58 g/ 2 oz

Allergy information for Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 58 g/ 2 oz)

Net carbs5.2 grams
Protein0.3 grams
Fat0.1 grams
Calories27 kcal
Calories from carbs 92%, protein 5%, fat 3%
Total carbs6.9 gramsFiber1.7 gramsSugars3.2 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium20 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium4 mg(1% RDA)Potassium49 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

  • 3 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (350 g/ 12.3 oz)
  • 2/3 cup granulated Swerve or Erythritol (133 g/ 4.7 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 organic orange, zested
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice (45 ml)


  1. Place the cranberries in a medium pot and heat over a medium heat. Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
  2. Add the Swerve, cinnamon, salt, cloves, orange zest and orange juice. Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
  4. Cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries are broken down and the sauce is thick. Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
  5. Transfer to a bowl and serve. To store, place in a lidded container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week. This sauce also freezes really well, simply freeze in a freezer safe container and reheat on the stove top for 5-10 minutes. Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 58 g/ 2 oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cranberries, fresh
3.7 g0.2 g0.1 g20 kcal
Swerve, natural sweetener (Erythritol and chicory inulin based)
0.8 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cloves, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Orange peel (zest), fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Orange juice (fresh 100%)
0.6 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Total per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 58 g/ 2 oz
5.2 g0.3 g0.1 g27 kcal

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Lauren Lester
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Lauren Lester

Lauren is a food photographer, recipe developer, and author.

She is the founder of the creative content agency, Healthful Creative. HC specializes in helping food centered brands share their story through recipe development + food photography.

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Comments (7)

I've just made your recipe for spiced orange cranberry sauce and though I didn't use the orange juice I added about 1/2 tsp of orange extract along with all the zest from the orange.  In all my years of making cranberry sauce (more than 65!) I've never added cloves, and to my surprise, I've just learned how much depth of flavor comes with that little addition.  Thanks for a delicious update to an old favorite, and delectable Happy Holidays!  

Thank you so much Cheryl, what a compliment!

This is the BEST cranberry sauce I've had and I include the non keto ones too. Orange zest is a game changer. Thank you so much for creating such a fabulous recipe for Thanksgiving!

Thank you Katie, I'm glad you enjoyed!

This is delicious. It’s tart, but in a good way.

Fabulous recipe! I added chopped walnuts because my keto heart thought there should be some fat involved.  My only regret is that I made it two days before Thanksgiving and I don’t know if there will be any left for dinner.

I say make another batch! 😊 I like the idea of adding chopped walnuts for healthy fats!