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Friday, June 5, 2020

Best Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce Made In The Pressure Cooker

Making cranberry sauce in the pressure cooker saves time. This is a super easy way to make homemade cranberry sauce.

 It may be summertime and most people are not thinking about making cranberry sauce. Most people probably can't even buy fresh cranberries as they are seasonal in grocery stores. Most stores only sell dried cranberries in the summer. So why am I making homemade cranberry sauce in the summer? The reason is that I found a couple of bags of fresh cranberries in my deep freezer so I decided to make some fresh cranberry sauce so I could replace the dried cranberries that I have been enjoying in my smoothies.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
+ Is Delicious
+ Healthy
+ Loaded with Vitamin C
+ Full of fiber
+ Great for recipes
+ Delicious in smoothies

Add dried cranberries to smoothies

 Dried cranberries taste amazing in smoothies but I don't like all the sugar that is in dried cranberries. Eating dried cranberries is like eating candy. Also, the cranberry pieces get stuck in my straw. I know I should just make a smoothie bowl with dried cranberries. So making low-sugar cranberry sauce is a better option for my morning protein smoothie. That way I get the tart cranberry taste without all the sugar. I also will not have to worry about tiny pieces of dried cranberries in my straw.

Make sure to Pin this recipe so you can make it for Thanksgiving

 Most people think of cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving but not me, as I love eating cranberries and cranberry sauce year-round. So I always grab a couple bags after the winter holidays to store in my freezer. Yes, you can freeze fresh whole cranberries. Just toss the whole package of cranberries in the freezer, no need to rewrap them.  Fresh cranberries are awesome in quick bread recipes. I could have used my cranberry discovery for bread but I have plenty of bread right now as my kids made Frog bread and I made 60-minute white bread. My boys have been on a baking streak and they also made one bowl vegan peanut butter cookies.

The cranberry season is fairly short; harvest begins in September and continues into November. So stock up on them and store the bags in the freezer to use throughout the year. Whole fresh cranberries and homemade sauce freeze beautifully!

 Cranberry sauce may be an essential Thanksgiving side dish but it can be enjoyed year-round without having to stock up on cans of cranberry sauce. I am not a fan of the canned cranberry sauce especially when homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make in the pressure cooker. So you can enjoy cranberry sauce on turkey sandwiches any day of the week.

The pressure cooker saves time

 I love using my pressure cooker as it saves me so much time. I can make dried beans in my pressure cooker in 40 minutes and have cooked garbanzo beans for my vegan tuna salad. The pressure cooker makes preparation nearly effortless and it is less messy than cooking on the stovetop. So you will love making DIY cranberry sauce in the instant pot as it will not splatter and make all over your kitchen.

This pressure cooker recipe for cranberry sauce takes less than 20 minutes 

Ingredients Needed 
+ Fresh Cranberries
+ Orange Juice
+ Monk Fruit or Stevia

Cranberry sauce and smoothies

I love using cranberry sauce in my daily smoothies. I add 2 tablespoons of my low-sugar cranberry sauce to my protein smoothie. The best flavor combinations for smoothies are:
+ 1 orange + 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce + vanilla protein powder
+1 cup blueberries + 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce + vanilla protein powder
+1 cup sliced strawberries + 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce + vanilla protein powder
+1 cup sliced peaches + 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce + vanilla protein powder

Tips and uses
+ The cooking time of 20 includes the time it takes for your pressure cooker to heat up and release pressure.
+ Leftover cranberry sauce can be stored in a covered container for 14 days in the fridge or in the freezer for 6-12 months.
+ Cranberry sauce can be used as a jam on peanut butter sandwiches or on toast.
+ Add a couple tablespoons of cranberry sauce to a smoothie for a sweet-tart cranberry flavor.
+ If you desire a sweeter cranberry sauce add 1/4 cup more of sweetener. For a more tart cranberry sauce use 1/4 cup less sweetener.

Recipe variations
+ For additional flavor, add 1/2 cup of other fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries, fresh or frozen.

Make sure to Pin this recipe so you can make it later

Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce Made In The Pressure Cooker

Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce Made In The Pressure Cooker

Yield: 2 cups
A sweet-tart ruby red sauce that is perfect with turkey. This sweet sauce is also a great substitution for jam or adds awesome flavor to smoothies.


  • 1 (12 oz)  package cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup orange juice  or water
  • 3/4  cup sugar substitute, I like a monk fruit blend like Lakanto 


  1. Rinse the cranberries and pick them over, discarding any mushy or damaged berries. Add the cranberries to the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  2. Add the orange juice and sweetener.
  3. Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. Lock the Instant Pot lid in place and set the vent to sealing. Choose the manual setting, high pressure, for 2 minutes, and press start. When done cooking let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, and then move the vent to release the remaining pressure.
  5. Set the pot on saute and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. The sauce will also thicken more as it cools.
  6. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a storage container and cool completely. Refrigerate up to 14 days. This sauce freezes for up to a year.


For additional flavor, you can add 1/2 of a cup of blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries, fresh or frozen when you add the other ingredients.
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Jessica said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have diabetes so I have to avoid cranberry sauce because it's too sugary for me. Thank God that you made one with very little sugar and it looks so colorful, reach,and yummy too.

Lovely said...

This is amazing! I would love to try this since it's low sugar!



Cristina Petrini said...

It is so juicy to see that I can't wait to try to prepare it.

Brianne said...

That is so awesome! I love cranberry sauce, but I never make it because it's so sugary. I can't wait to try this!

JNoteMusic said...

Wow! You can make anything in a pressure cooker. That is really good to know.

Gust si Aroma said...

The pressure cooker saves a lot of time! I love mine and love cranberry flavor. I will try your recipe!

Unknown said...

Love cranberry! You just made my day!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

looks so very delicious! i will try making it during the season

Jhangi said...

Wow..this sauce looks so delicious and tasty..loved it..Thanks for sharing this unique idea of making low sugar cranberry sauce in pressure cooker..It also seems healthy as it is low sugared🙂[World in Eyes]

Jen Sky Walker said...

We love cranberries around here, and sadly we're limited to the dried version right now. I will have to take a note from you and get bags to freeze this fall!

Nyxie said...

This looks gorgeous! I love cranberry sauce - especially on top of a turkey burger!

Chad said...

I had store bought cranberry sauce yesterday, it was too sweet to be honest! I would love to make my own, can't wait to try your recipe, thank you.

Algene said...

I want to try this at home. This is one of my favorites!! I'm so excited for this.

Blair Villanueva said...

Wow this looks very tasty and I want to have it asap. Cranberry is very healthy and good to detox our body.

Enriqueta E. Lemoine said...

Now this is a sauce I could get behind!

AiringMyLaundry said...

Oh yum, I've never tried to make this on my own. I should! It looks delicious.

Monica Simpson said...

I'm with you and hate the added sugar in dried cranberries. Your recipe for cranberry sauce sounds really good! I've been trying to eat a lower sugar diet.

Terri Steffes said...

I love homemade cranberry sauce. I like the idea of having less sugar.

Simply Tasheena said...

I love that this recipe is low sugar, looking forward to giving this a try.

Richelle Escat said...

Same here, I don't like berries that are too sweet. Dried are so pure maybe that's why there are too sweet.

Ave said...

I love cranberry sauce year-round too, but I have never seen fresh cranberries in stores here in Spain.

alita said...

I love Thanksgiving. It's the favorite time of the kids. Im so glad I will be able to make our own cranberry sauce with this

Ana De-Jesus said...

Ooh I love cranberry sauce. Especially with my veggie roasts, it really adds great flavour.

Brianne said...

This cranberry sauce looks so good. This is something new i can for this year's thanksgiving

Melanie Edjourian said...

It's great you can make this in a pressure cooker. I bet it tastes really yummy!!!

Gust si Aroma said...

wow! It's so easy to make this sauce in the Instant Pot! This recipe is a must try!

mail4rosey said...

The only cranberry sauce I ever had was in a can and I hated it. Once I tried it freshly made though... I was hooked!

Lavanda Michelle said...

I might have to invest in a pressure cooker. Seems like it can make everything. Thanks for sharing, looks delicious!

Mamacita La Cuponera said...

WHOA! This Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce Made In The Pressure Cooker is amazing! I will definitely be making this one very soon.

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