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A lower sugar cranberry bread recipe that is easy to make.

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I like kicking off the holiday season with this (low) Sugar Free Cranberry Bread Recipe.
The only sugar that is added to this comes from the cranberries themselves.

(low) Sugar Free Cranberry Bread Recipe

This really is the only time of the year that we seem to eat cranberry bread. I am sure this has something to do with the fact that cranberries are harvested just in time for the holidays. Also, cranberries are that beautiful red color that we love to see during the holidays as well.

Cranberries are kind of an odd fruit.
Most of the fruits that we enjoy seem to grow during the summer on a tree. We harvest, or pick, those fruits at the end of summer by simply picking them off that tree. Not cranberries though. If you know something about them, Cranberries take a bit more time to grown and they are grown on low-lying vines lying in a specific kind of a bed called a 'bog'. When you are ready to harvest cranberries we flood that bog with water the night before they are harvested. You have probably seen that commercial on TV of the fellas standing in a flooded bog harvesting their cranberries. Thus, growing cranberries is a bit of a task.

Ironically, cranberries do not contain a whole lot of natural sugar.
One cup of cranberries has about 4 grams of sugar. This recipe calls for one and a half cups total- making it about six grams total of sugar.

The ingredients in this recipe.

As you may already know, cranberry bread is commonly made with orange juice. You could use orange juice in this recipe however, keep in mind that the orange juice will add sugar. If you are wanting to keep this as low sugar as possible you can either look for orange juice that is as low in sugar (pulp free is usually better at this) as possible (read the label as there could be sugar added to your orange juice) or use a substitute. There are orange juice substitutes online that you can try in this recipe. You may risk some of the true taste of cranberry bread however, you will also lower the amount of sugar that you consume which could make it worth it to you. Orange flavored Vitamin Zero water is one substitute that I like to use.

We will also be using sugar alternative.
Cranberry bread has a bit of sugar in it by nature. This helps off-set the taste of the cranberries. You can use the sugar alternative of your choice as long as it is used in an amount that is equivalent to what is mentioned in the recipe. Also,a granular sugar alternative that can be used in baking works best. Hence, you can choose the sugar alternative that works best for you when you bake.

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What you will need to make this recipe.

  • Flour- 2 cups.
  • Sugar alternative- 1 cup equivalent to sugar.
  • Baking soda- ½ teaspoon.
  • Baking powder- 1 ½ teaspoons.
  • Salt- 1 teaspoon.
  • Orange Juice or alternative- ¾ cup (see post for alternative ideas).
  • Butter- 3 tablspoons softened.
  • Egg- 1.
  • Chopped Cranberries- 1 ½ cups
  • Optional items:Grated orange peel (1 tablespoon) or zest (1 teaspoon), raisins or similar fruit (1 cup), and/or chopped nuts (¾ cup).

How to make (low) Sugar Free Cranberry Bread

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your loaf pan for nonstick.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Add your orange juice (or alternative), butter and egg to the mixing bowl and continue to mix. If you are using zest or peel, add it in this step and mix.
  • Now fold in your cranberries and any additional fruit or nuts that you are adding to your batter.
  • Bake the bread for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack before your serve it.

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(low) Sugar Free Cranberry Bread Recipe

A lower sugar cranberry bread recipe that is easy to make.

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time1 hour hr

Total Time1 hour hr 10 minutes mins

Servings: 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • Flour- 2 cups.
  • Sugar alternative- 1 cup equivalent to sugar.
  • Baking soda- ½ teaspoon.
  • Baking powder- 1 ½ teaspoons.
  • Salt- 1 teaspoon.
  • Orange Juice or alternative- ¾ cup see post for alternative ideas.
  • Butter- 3 tablspoons softened.
  • Egg- 1.
  • Chopped Cranberries- 1 ½ cups
  • Optional items:Grated orange peel 1 tablespoon or zest (1 teaspoon), raisins or similar fruit (1 cup), and/or chopped nuts (¾ cup).
  • How to make low Sugar Free Cranberry Bread

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and prep a loaf pan for nonstick.

  • In a mixing bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  • Add the orange juice (or alternative), butter and egg to the mixing bowl and continue to mix if using zest or peel, add it in this step.

  • Now fold in the cranberries and any additional fruit or nuts that you are adding.

  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

See post for details about substitutions etc.

most recently updated:

December 6, 2017

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Serving: 1g

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FAQs

What if I add too much water to cranberry sauce? ›

What to do if the cranberry sauce is too thin or loose. If you inadvertently added too much water, simply bring the cranberry sauce back to the stove top and bring it to a low boil, cooking it down just a bit to help thicken it up.

How do you make cranberries taste better? ›

Add spices- Just a pinch of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, and nutmeg can add a different level of flavor. Try simmering a cinnamon stick with the cranberries. Add zest- orange zest, lemon, or lime zest are perfect for cranberry sauce. Orange peel and rosemary make excellent garnish!

What happens if you cook cranberry sauce too long? ›

If your cranberry sauce is too thick, it's most likely overcooked. When you cook cranberries (or any berries), they burst, releasing pectin—a natural thickener. The key to a perfect consistency is to allow some but not all of the cranberries to split open—something you'll achieve with less time on the stove.

Why is my homemade cranberry sauce runny? ›

Though they won't tolerate runny sauce, so it's time to fix that. The simplest reason that your cranberry sauce is too runny is that it has too much liquid in it. Usually, this is just water, but some people use orange juice or other flavored fluids. No matter what you're using, the answer is to cook it longer.

How do you fix too much sugar in cranberry sauce? ›

The sauce acts as a cleansing port in a tumultuous storm of fat and salt, but the effect is lost if the sauce is too sweet. Luckily, there is a very easy way to fix an over-sugared homemade sauce: You just need a little citric acid. Sure, you could add lemon, but that brings its own, cranberry-obscuring flavor.

Why is Ocean Spray cranberry sauce canned upside down? ›

But why? Ocean Spray says this is to get the cranberry sauce out in one intact piece. “The rounded part of the can that looks like the bottom has an air bubble in it,” Ocean Spray's representative explains. The bubble is there so you can “break the seal the sauce makes with the can.”

How to prepare cranberries for baking? ›

If your cranberries are on the larger size, we'd cut them in half or quarters before baking. Toss them with a little flour so they won't sink in the batter, too!

How do you soften cranberries for baking? ›

This is very simple, and works on any kind of dried fruit. Put your dried fruit in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and then strain the fruit and discard the water. The fruit will be plumper, juicier, and softer.

What happens if you drink a lot of cranberry juice? ›

Cranberry juice and cranberry extracts are likely safe for most adults. Drinking too much cranberry juice might cause some side effects such as mild stomach upset and diarrhea in some people. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Cranberry is commonly consumed in foods.

Why does my homemade cranberry sauce taste bitter? ›

Dear Evelyn: I had the same problem when I first started making my own cranberry sauce. I found out that you should cook them just until they pop. Further cooking will make them bitter, and once that happens, you need to start again.

Can dogs eat cranberries? ›

Both fresh and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities. Whether your dog will like this tart treat is another question. Either way, moderation is important when feeding cranberries to dogs, as with any treat, as too many can lead to an upset stomach.

How long does homemade cranberry sauce last in a mason jar? ›

When to Toss Cranberry Sauce. Cranberry sauce will last for two hours at room temperature. Homemade cranberry sauce will last in the fridge for 10 to 14 days.

How do I thicken my homemade cranberry sauce? ›

Try reducing the sauce down even further so more of the liquid cooks off and the mixture thickens. If that doesn't work, add a thickener like gelatin, pectin or a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch whisked into juice or water). Let the sauce cool before refrigerating to completely set.

How do you make cranberry sauce less sweet? ›

To use citric acid to save over-sweetened cranberry sauce, simply use it like you would MSG in a savory dish, and stir in little pinches until your sauce is as tart as you desire. But don't stop there. You can use citric acid in a cloying apple pie filling, a one-note turkey brine, or heavy, stodgy stuffing.

Is canned cranberry sauce better than homemade? ›

While there are some editors who prefer homemade cranberry sauce, the canned variety also has quite a following. "There's something so beautifully perfect about the texture of canned cranberry sauce, and none of those homemade mess will ever compete," says Senior Digital Food Editor Kimberly Holland.

How do you remove excess water from sauce? ›

Get rid of it with science! Let the excess liquid evaporate away by bringing the substance to a boil or a simmer until the desired consistency is reached. This method is great for sauces – including a quick pan sauce created after cooking a protein – and gravies that are only marginally looser than desired.

How do you thicken cranberry sauce after it cools? ›

The sauce will thicken as it cools. If you want a cranberry mold that holds its shape, continue to boil the mixture so that more pectin is released from the fruit, additional water evaporates, and the sauce becomes thick enough to set into a firm gel.

Is it OK to dilute cranberry juice with water? ›

Another study showed that drinking 300 cc's (300cc's = 10 ounces of cranberry co*cktail per day was also effective. Cranberry Juice co*cktail contains 140 calories per 8 ounces, but a low calorie form is available. Cranberry juice can be diluted with water also for lower calories.

How do you fix too tart cranberry sauce? ›

Try A Softer Sweetener

It's already liquid so it will stir right into the cranberry sauce, lending it a gentle sweetness. If you don't have maple syrup (pancake syrup WILL NOT do, y'all), try honey or a more neutral sweetener like agave syrup, brown rice syrup, or even simple syrup.

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