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Sugar Free Apple Cider is the best way to warm up on a cool day. Lots of spices, fresh apples, and your favorite brown sugar replacement makes a delicious fall drink that’s perfect for anyone, especially those on a low carb or keto diet or anyone watching their sugar intake.
Sugar Free Apple Cider (low carb)
If you are low carb, keto, or just trying to watch your sugar intake then this homemade Sugar Free Apple Cider is for you! I can’t imagine a fall season without a mug or two fresh apple cider and this recipe will satisfy everyone no matter if they are low carb or not.
All the spices and combination of apples really does turn into the most amazing drink. I love it hot and cold. Both ways are delicious.
Ingredient notes and substitutions:
- 10-12 medium apples assorted such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala or a combination
- 2 oranges
- whole cloves
- cinnamon sticks
- whole nutmeg
- sugar free brown sugar replacement (if desired)
How to Make Sugar Free Apple Cider
Homemade apple cider is so easy, whether it’s a sugar free version or not. You just need time. The mixture needs to boil on the stove top for about 3 hours total. Yeah…it’s long time, but it’s mostly hands off and you get the benefit of a delicious smelling home.
Throw it all in the pot (except whatever sugar you will use). Let it simmer for a couple hours and mash it. Simmer for another hour, then strain, and adjust sweetness.
Of course, if you don’t have 3 hours you could use a pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
Can this made in an Instant Pot?
Absolutely! Homemade Instant Pot Apple Cider is so easy. Instead of cooking on the stove, put everything in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Cook under high pressure for 10 minutes and allow it release all pressure naturally. Then strain with a fine mesh strainer.
How many carbs in Apple Cider?
Traditional apple cider has over 43 grams of carbs per serving. This sugar free version has 11.2 grams of net carbs. Which makes this a much better option for those on a low carb or keto diet.
- 10-12 medium apples assorted such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala or a combination (I used Granny Smith & Gala)
- 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 whole nutmeg
- Water, about 16-20 cups
- ½ to 1 cup sugar free brown sugar replacement, depending on taste (if desired)
- Clean and cut apples and oranges.
- Add fruit to large stockpot. Add seasonings.
- Cover with water and heat over high heat until simmering.
- Continue to simmer about 2 hours or until apples are very soft.
- Mash apples and oranges with a potato masher or large wooden spoon against the side of the pot.
- Cover and simmer for about 1 more hour.
- Carefully strain solids from cider using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, pressing solids against the strainer to release the juices. Discard the solids.
- Add brown sugar to taste.
- Serve warm, room temperature or chilled with apple slices and cinnamon stick, if desired.
Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Instructions:
Homemade Instant Pot Apple Cider is so easy. Instead of cooking on the stove, put everything in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Cook under high pressure for 10 minutes and allow it release all pressure naturally. Then strain with a fine mesh strainer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: .1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4.1mgCarbohydrates: 18.3gNet Carbohydrates: 11.2gFiber: 3.1gSugar: 9.8gSugar Alcohols: 4gProtein: 0.5g
This nutritional information is an estimate may vary, depending on brand and type of ingredients used. It is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed dietician or physician.
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