Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce

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Ditch high-sugar cranberry sauces and make your own! This super easy recipe combines the tartness of the cranberry with the sweetness of fruit and its juices!

If you’re looking for a low-sugar homemade Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce that’s perfect for your next holiday meal, plus one that’s 17 Day Diet friendly, look no further!


This recipe is super easy and the longest part of the entire process is letting it cool!

Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce that is low-sugar and low-carb

I never seem to find fresh cranberries year round – I usually see them in the stores during the holidays.

I will stock up with several bags of cranberries and put them in the freezer to make this sauce year-round (it’s really good mixed in with your plain yogurt, by the way).

Fresh cranberries are super healthy for you!

In this recipe, you’re using the natural sweetness of fruit (and their juices). I always love adding the zest of fruit to a recipe as it adds in an extra layer of flavor!

Orange juice straight from the fruit is a great way to sweeten any dish

Do yourself and your family a favor this holiday season and ditch the high fructose sugary cranberry sauce and make your own!

I promise it’s really easy!

I appropriately named this recipe Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce because it’s perfect for Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet.

Other Holiday Side Dish Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, you may want to try my other healthy holiday side dish recipes.

These recipes are featured in my Healthy Holiday Menu with Recipes.

Enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit in this homemade Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce!

Ditch high-sugar cranberry sauces and make your own! This super easy recipe combines the tartness of the cranberry with the sweetness of fruit and its juices!
Yield: 4 to 4 1/2 cups

Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

A low sugar cranberry sauce that's perfect for your next holiday meal.


  • 2 12 oz bags of fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup orange juice (use juice from orange if you can)
  • ½ cup of applesauce (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup of water
  • Juice and zest of one orange
  • Stevia to taste (optional)


  1. Place cranberries, orange juice, applesauce and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Keep on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the cranberries are cooked through and start breaking apart (about 10 minutes).
  3. Reduce to a simmer and pour the remaining juice and zest of the orange over the cranberry mixture.
  4. Simmer 10-15 minutes and remove from heat.
  5. Cool completely to room temperature and place in air-tight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.


Approved all cycles.

If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add more Stevia to taste (when it’s ready to cool off).

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3 thoughts on “Cycle 1 Cranberry Sauce”

  1. My concern is the stevia because it’s always bitter. At least it was for me when I tried replacing sugar and Splenda with stevia in my coffee and tea. Thanks.

  2. Thank you for your helpful blog. I saw the recipe for cranberry sauce but don’t see oranges or orange juice in phase 1 list. Please clarify


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