Tart, tangy, and sweet, this Easy Pear Cranberry Sauce is full of flavor, while being lower in sugar. It is a healthy homemade sauce that pairs well with so many meats and cheeses.
The Easy Pear Cranberry Sauce is a low-sugar spin on traditional cranberry sauce. This one is made with golden monk fruit sweetener, which makes it perfect for anyone watching their sugar intake this holiday season.
This homemade tart and tangy cranberry sauce is so easy to make and you only need 6 main ingredients to make it.
What are the ingredients to make this easy pear cranberry sauce?
You will need these 6 main ingredients listed below and a couple of optional spices, and they are:
- Fresh cranberries
You could also use some frozen cranberries, which sometimes tend to be sweeter.
I used ripe Bartlett pears, the riper the pears, the sweeter this sauce will be.
For this recipe, we will be using the zest and juice of the lemon.
I feel like water shouldn’t be listed on the ingredient list, but it is a key component.
Salt is the great balancer of all the tangy, sweet, and tart flavors.
- Golden monk fruit sweetener
The brand I use often is Lakanto. I am not being paid to say this, it has just been the easiest to find and use in all sorts of refined sugar-free treats. If you are not watching your sugar intake, please feel free to use brown sugar or maple syrup instead.
Optional spices are cinnamon and ginger.
Ah… Cranberries! They are synonymous with the holidays.
Yet they are one fruit I usually don’t like to mess with as they are oh so tart!
I used to refer to them as only a fruit my dad could love… because love them he did! From cranberry juice to cranberry and lemon coffee cake, to canned cranberry sauce. I never knew him to turn cranberry-anything down.
Though, come to think of it, when it came to food, my dad hardly ever turned anything down.
This is our third Holiday season without my dad, and I sure do miss his always jolly self.
This Holiday season, I figured it was time I put my cranberry aversion aside and make something with cranberries, in his honor.
Instead of getting Cranberry sauce from the store like we usually do, I figured I would unite cranberries and lemons with super sweet pears, and try my hand at a lower-sugar, citrusy Easy Pear Cranberry Sauce!
On my first try, I added lemon juice instead of water, and my tongue almost rolled back into my belly because of the tartness. On my second try, I added in just one pear and absolutely no other sweetener, and the result was still just too tart.
However, I liked how my third try came out by adding in a couple of pears and a bit of monk fruit sweetener.
Now, if you are NOT trying to cut down on sugar, then go ahead and add brown sugar, maple syrup, or granulated sugar instead of the monk fruit sweetener.
And, if, the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas, you happen to have some of this Easy Pear Cranberry Sauce leftover, you can use some of it to make some quick and easy, mini Cranberry Cream Cheese Tarts.
These little Cranberry Cream Cheese Tarts can be made with store-bought puff pastry cut up and placed into a mini muffin cup, with a dollop of cream cheese and some of the leftover Citrusy Cranberry Pear Sauce.