Homemade Cranberry Sauce


cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce adds a splash of vibrant ruby color to your meal.  It’s that hint of bright flavor that makes everything else on the plate taste even better.  This homemade recipe is both sweet and tart.  Once you make this fresh cranberry sauce, you’ll never feel the same about canned.  Quick and easy to prepare, requiring just a few ingredients, it can be made days in advance. Each serving, 105 calories, 0 fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


1 (12oz) bag fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil.

2. Stir in the cranberries and mix well.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and boil gently for 7 to 10 minutes until all berries pop.

3. Chill until ready to use.  The cranberry sauce will thicken as it chills. This can be made several days in advance.

Makes 2¼ cups (each serving ¼)

Food Fact
The cranberry is cousin to the blueberry.  Its peak season is from October- December.

Healthy Benefit

Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C. They have long been valued for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections.

Shopping Tip

If you don’t want to make your own sauce, Trader Joe’s sells containers of fresh cranberry sauce in the refrigerator section. It’s really delicious..

Storage Tip

With cranberries short fresh season, buy extra bags and freeze to enjoy all year long.  Frozen cranberries from the supermarket are available year round.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3

SKINNY FACTS: for ¼ cup serving
105 cal, 0g fat, 0g protein, 27g carbs, 2g fiber, 1mg sodium, 22g sugar
FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe

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6 Responses to “Homemade Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Louie Demeritt Says:

    Great article. I appreciate what you wrote here.

  2. ElaineBarricklow Says:

    I never knew how easy it was to make my own whole berry cranberry sauce. I used one individual pack of cranberry-lemonade sugar free drink mix to the cooked cranberries in water vs using the sugar. it really turned out super good as an alternative way of serving it. I am looking forward to different ways of making cranberries. And, I never new you could freeze them.Thank you.

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing your version Elaine. It is so easy and so fun to make your own!

  4. Chris B Says:

    I was wondering why the stevia/ sugar blend is never used. Its suppose to be all narural since stevia is a plant. I have been substituting it in many recipes. Which should make theWW points slightly less. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks for any input.

  5. Chris B Says:

    I forgot to mention in cranberry sauce recipe i used fresh oj in place of 1/2 the water then i only used 1/2c to 2/3c of sugar. The goodness is still there. Try it– its great and less points.

  6. admin Says:

    I love stevia. I use it all the time in tea. My favorite is Truvia. I think it taste better than stevia. That said I created this cranberry sauce several years ago. So I’ve never tried it with a stevia/sugar blend. If you do Chris, i’d love to hear how it turned out!

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