Happy holiday! Fresh cranberry sauce, anyone?
Hope you all are having a wonderful and safe holiday. This year, my parents and I are all going over to my fiance's parents' place to celebrate. We're bringing a few dishes, and one that I'm contributing is a fresh cranberry relish (they'll have a traditional one, also). I have a very restricted diet for many reasons, and one thing that I do not ever eat is white sugar, or any processed or cane sugar. But I knew there was a way to make cranberry sauce without it! UPDATE: I now eat a balanced real food ("Paleo") diet.
Through some Google searching for raw vegan cranberry sauce, I found several recipes for fresh cranberry relish and picked and chose my favorite elements of each. It's nothing new, really, but here's my suggestion for making delish fresh cranberry sauce, sweetened without any processed or unnatural sweeteners!
- A bag of cranberries
- An orange
- An apple (I used a large Jonagold)
- 0.5-1.5 cups whole dates (not the chopped ones dusted in oat flour, just regular dates)
- Optional: a handful walnuts or pecans
If you like yours smoother and more sauce-like, pulse for longer. If you like it chunkier, puree the dates in the food processor first, then add all the other ingredients.
It is deeeeeelicious! Not too sweet, but fresh and fruity! And healthy for folks like me, as well as my diabetic dad and mom on the Sonoma Diet. Try it next time you want a fresh cranberry sauce but don't want to pour in loads of white sugar.
Hope you all had a great holiday!