Extraordinary Cranberry Sauce
Here is a simplified version of my Sugar-Free Berry Sauce I have in my book, Sweet Healing. I say this recipe is extraordinary because it not only tastes divine, but it has several different kinds of berries, loading it with lots of extra antioxidants, WITHOUT all the added sugar of traditional cranberry sauce.
I use it everywhere and all year round. It’s great for your stuffing, but it’s also wonderful on top ice cream or pie, cheese or scones. I mix up a pot and then freeze it in small containers, so we are ALWAYS stocked with some in the frig (as requested by my husband:).
2 C Fresh Organic Cranberries
4 C Mixed Organic Berries, (Costco has a large bag)
¼ C Water
½ C + 2 T. Lakanto (add a tad more for your taste)
¼ tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Trader Joes Stevia Powder
¼ to ½ tsp. Vitamin C Powder, to taste
2 T. Gelatin/Collagen, Great Lakes Brand from Amazon
- In blender, puree any large berries, cranberries and water together. I use the large bag of berries from Costco’s frozen section, but you can do your own mix. Just be sure to add a wide variety. I like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, as well as the cranberries. I blend the strawberries and cranberries in the blender, as it makes a smoother, thicker texture.
- Pour blended ingredients into pot with the rest of the ingredients, except for the stevia and gelatin.
- Add the stevia AFTER it has simmered for 15-20 minutes. You can rinse blender with a touch more water and pour it into your pot. I hate to waste ANY berries!
- Gently sprinkle the gelatin into the pot and stir, making sure to not make clumps with the gelatin.
Stir the mix and mash the fruits against the side of the pot as it simmers. Simmer to a gentle boil for at least 15-20 mins to cook down some of the liquid. Consistency should become a thick, glossy soupy consistency.
- After it has simmered for 15 mins, add your stevia, not before. If you use a different brand of stevia start with adding less and taste your sauce. Not all stevia is created equal. Each brand varies in it’s level of “sweetness”. If you add too much it can make your sauce bitter, so add slowly if you are using a different brand other than Trader Joes. You can also add more Lakanto if you want it more sweet, and a pinch more salt to balance the flavors.
- Cool to thicken, and serve! Makes 3 to 4 Cups.
- Note: I pour the sauce into containers and freeze them for future use. Or, if you want to jar it up, pour the mix into sterilized jars, leaving at lease 1/4 inch at the top of the jar (need to allow for sauce to expand when cooled), and then tighten lid. These make wonderfully festive, delicious AND healthy gifts.