By Meg Hodson
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I suppose people either love or hate cranberry sauce. I have always made mine from scratch. I make mine more like a puree, so it works great as a sauce or a jam for sandwiches. I also love swirling a little big into a cocktail or champagne.
I recently sampled In The Raw's Monk Fruit sweetener and thought it would be great to try to make a sugar free version of cranberry sauce. Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener made from real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia. You can actually use it just like your would sugar. In fact, it tends to be a little sweeter, so you often have to cut the amount you use in half when replacing sugar in a recipe.
Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbl. water
2 tbl. orange juice (feel free to sub lemon juice to eliminate all sugar)
1/4 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw
Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Reduce to medium low and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to food processor or blender; blend briefly if you like your sauce chunkier, blend longer for a smooth sauce.
Very important: test taste! The In The Raw sweetener is sweet, but since cranberries are so tart, the level of sweetness you may need will vary greatly. If you want it sweeter, add an additional tablespoon and then test taste again. Repeat the process until desired sweetness is achieved.
Chill at least two hours; overnight is better. Serve cold or warmed with your meal. Also great spread on sandwiches, as a jam on toast, or a teaspoon swirled into your mimosa is divine!