This delicious dried cranberry sauce recipe takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish and contains less than 45 calories per serving. Whip up this mouthwatering treat in no time with regular pantry staples.
I love cranberry sauce but I don’t love how much refined sugar it contains. When I looked into making my own cranberry sauce, I struggled to find fresh or frozen cranberries but could get hold of dried cranberries.
This recipe tastes just as good as any cranberry sauce I’ve ever tasted, and best of all it is made from pantry staples so you can whip it up at a moment's notice.
It took me less than 15 minutes to prepare this sauce from start to finish.
And this contains less than 45 calories per serving.
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- The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
- 🥘 Recommended equipment
- 📖 Instructions
- 👩🏫 Frequently asked questions
- ❄️ How to store leftovers
- 🥗 Ways to use this recipe
- 🍚 What to serve with this recipe
- 🥬️🥭️ 7 Day Meal Plan
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- Dried Cranberry Sauce Recipe
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- This recipe contains 42.5 calories per serving
- This recipe is made from a combination of vegan protein, whole food sources of carbohydrates, vegetables, essential fats, and ingredients that make the dish extremely tasty.
- This easy recipe takes 2 minutes of active preparation time and 10 minutes of cooking time. You can use the cooking time to get on with other things.
- This recipe is made extra tasty by the addition of maple syrup.
- I have simplified this recipe by limiting the number of ingredients and using everyday, simple ingredients such as maple syrup.
- This recipe and all recipes on my website are vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, free from refined sugar, vegetarian, and are based on whole foods.
- All of my recipes follow my own diet plan called the Plant Plate 400. In addition, my recipes also adhere to the following diets, the Mediterranean diet, the 1200 Calories a Day diet, Clean eating, the Macrobiotic diet, the Alkaline diet, the Ornish diet, the Daniel Fast, and the Starch Solution diet.
Here is a labeled photo of all the ingredients I used in this recipe.
- Dried cranberries: You can’t replace the cranberries, but try and find cranberries that aren’t coated with anything as they are often coated with sugar.
- Maple syrup: You can omit the syrup or replace it with any sweetener of your choice.
The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
Each of the recipes I create fits into my Plant Plate System. This system incorporates 5 food groups into every meal.
The 5 food groups are 1) Plant Protein, 2), Leaves, Fruit, And Veg, 3) Aesthetic Additions, 4) Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates, and 5) Taste
This recipe adds flavor to any dish. It falls under the “Taste” category on the Plant Based Plate and is not a complete meal.
The diagram below helps you visually see how this element features on a Plant-Based Plate.
Here’s how this recipe is structured according to the Plant Plate System.
Adding each ingredient to the following categories helps you to easily see how to make substitutions. It also lets you know the exact reason why the ingredient is in the recipe.
Leaves, fruit & veg
- Dried cranberries
Nutrient packed carbohydrates
- Dried Cranberries
- Maple syrup
🥘 Recommended equipment
Here are the main kitchen equipment tools I have used to create this recipe.
I used my mini-chopper for this recipe. I love this chopper as it works in seconds, is cleaned in the dishwasher, and there are 2 blender jugs that double as storage containers with lids.
Here is a brief summary of the steps needed to make the recipe. See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full detailed instructions.
- Cook all the ingredients in a saucepan and serve when done.
👩🏫 Frequently asked questions
You can use dried cranberries to make muffins, cakes, cookies, buns, and cranberry sauce. And you also can mix it with your favorite cereal.
Yes, you can. You cook dried cranberries with maple syrup and water as indicated in the recipe, and simmer until it reduces to a thick sauce.
❄️ How to store leftovers
This recipe keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. It also freezes well for up to 3 months. Defrost it before using it. Reheat it by warming it up gently in a pan.
🥗 Ways to use this recipe
Here are some of my favorite ways to use this recipe:
- Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts (Air Fryer, Viral TikTok)
- Tofu Sausage Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)
- Vegan Toad In The Hole Recipe (Gluten Free)
- Vegan Yorkshire Pudding Wrap Recipe (Gluten Free)
- Air Fryer Greek Potatoes Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)
- Gluten-Free Vegan Yorkshire Pudding
- Vegan Sunday Roast Dinner Under 400 Calories (Gluten Free)
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If you’re looking for side dishes to serve alongside this recipe, here are some of my best recommendations.
🍝 Vegan carbohydrate side dishes
Serve this recipe with any of the following carb side dishes which are all around 100 calories per serving:
For more options, see all of my best vegan, gluten-free carbs side dishes.
🫑 Vegan vegetable side dishes
Here are some vegetable side dishes that go very nicely with this recipe which are all under 100 calories per serving.
For more options, see all of my best gluten-free vegan vegetable side dishes.
🌭 Vegan meat side dishes
Here are some vegan meat side dishes that go very nicely with this recipe, and are great substitutes for regular meat. These are all under 150 calories per serving.
For more options, see all of my best gluten-free vegan meat recipes.
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Here are some more vegan dips or vegan sauces that are all under 50 calories per serving.
- No Cook Marinara Sauce (this makes a great salsa or tomato sauce dip)
- Quick Gluten Free Vegan Gravy Recipe
- Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe
- Creamy Edamame Guacamole
- Easy Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- Creamy Hummus Recipe (No Garlic)
- Creamy Vegan Poppy Seed Dressing
- 2 Minute Hot Sauce Recipe
- Creamy Vegan Italian Dressing Recipe
- No Oil No Tahini Hummus
For more options, see all of my best gluten-free vegan dip recipes.
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Dried Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- Medium Pot
- Food Processor
- ½ cup (80g) unsweetened dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup boiling water
- Add the dried cranberries, maple syrup, and boiling water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Take out half of the sauce and blend it in a blender or use an immersion blender. I used my electric mini chopper.
- Return the blended cranberries to the pan and mix.
Now it’s your turn to make magic with food.