Two-Way Cranberry Sauce

Makes 10 servings.


¼ cup regular or light orange juice
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries, washed and picked over
1 cup water
¾cup Splenda Granular
¼ cup granulated sugar
Red food color (optional)


1. Place orange juice into a small bowl. Add gelatin. Let set 3 minutes.
2. Combine cranberries, water, Splenda and sugar in a medium skillet. Bring to a boil.
3. Add softened gelatin. Simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries pop open.
4. Adjust color by adding 2-3 drops of red food color if desired.

Nutritional Info (per serving):

Calories 30
Fat 0g (0g saturated)
Carbohydrate 8g
Fiber 2g
Protein 1g
Sodium 0mg

Diabetic exchange = ½ Fruit
WW point comparison = 1 point

Additional comments:

Jellied cranberry sauce: Increase gelatin to 2 teaspoons. Strain sauce by using the back of a spoon to press berries and juice through a sieve. Refrigerate sauce overnight.

The thing I’ve come to realize about holiday cooking is that no one accepts a new dish (healthy or not) if it doesn’t compare favorably to a traditional recipe. I guarantee that if you try this recipe, no one will know you have taken out more than 75 percent of the sugar needed to make a traditional cranberry sauce recipe because this one tastes exactly the same. You may choose to leave the berries whole (as I do), or strain the sauce to make a jellied cranberry sauce by using the variation below.

Marlene Koch, RD, is a registered dietitian who has specialized in delicious food and healthy lifestyles for over twenty years. Marlene holds a degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Los Angeles, California. Marlene is a best-selling author of healthy, low-sugar cookbooks. Marlene is a frequent guest on TV, radio and websites such as iVillage and
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