This months theme for The Recipe Redux was to re-create a favorite Thanksgiving dish with a healthy makeover, so I decided to make a clean eating version of cranberry sauce.
Cranberry sauce is the perfect balance between tart and sweetness.
However, traditional cranberry sauce contains refined sugars and even homemade versions use white refined sugar as the sweetener.
This recipe uses medjool dates as a natural sweetener with health benefits that refined white sugar just can’t provide.
Here are the typical ingredients in store-bought canned cranberry sauce:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Ocean Spray Canned Cranberry Sauce
Ingredients: Cranberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water
Although it has a minimal ingredient list and received a C+ rating, it is still made with non-organic cranberries (which can be sprayed with up to 13 different pesticides) and contains GMO high fructose corn syrup.
This clean eating version is really simple to make, can be made in a matter of minutes, and it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugars.
And, make sure you try my Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheesecake recipe I made using this recipe…it’s amazing!
Want more healthy recipes? Check out Smoked Paprika Habanero Sauce, How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter, Creamy Mushroom Sauce or my Clean Eating Cookbook with over 140 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Cranberries:*
- 1/2 cup contains 10% vitamin C
- 1 cup contains 18% DV of manganese
- 1 cup contains 18% DV of fiber
- provides anti-inflammatory benefits
- ORAC score of 9584 per 100 g
5 Fast Facts About Apples:*
- rich in anti-oxidants
- good source of B complex vitamins
- helps to reduce cholesterol
- 1 apple contains 17.4% RDA of fiber
- helps to regulate blood sugar
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Cinnamon:*
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- helps to control blood sugar
- excellent source of manganese and iron
- can help to lower bad cholesterol
- aids in eliminating migraine headaches
5 Fast Facts About Clove:*
- 2 teaspoons contain 126.4% DV of manganese
- 2 teaspoons contain 5.6% DV of fiber
- rich in minerals iron and potassium
- contains anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties
- helps aid in elimination of fungus, bacteria and parasites
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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