6 Aug 2014

Sugar-Free Tomato Ketchup

If you have been following my Quitting Sugar diary, then you'll know that I am currently going cold turkey when it comes to the sweet stuff.  My problem hasn't been with desserts and confectionary alone, but also with condiments.  I just love chutneys, pickles, relishes and sauces, especially ketchup.  There are some things that will never taste right without tomato ketchup, such as a bacon sandwich.  I knew I had to make some as soon as possible if I were to last on this sugar detox.

I was inspired by the recipe in the book I Quit Sugar For Life, but tried to make it more like the Heinz sauce I know and love.

What you will need:

680g Passata
80ml Cider vinegar
1 tbsp Onion granules
1 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Granulated stevia
Pinch of salt and black pepper

1.  Place everything into a medium saucepan and whisk until all of the ingredients have incorporated.

2.  Bring the mixture to the boil and then gently simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.  The sauce should reduce by almost half, but still be a pouring consistency.  You may want to put a lid on your saucepan towards the end of the hour as the thicker mixture can splash as it simmers.

3.  Pour into a sterilised container and leave to cool.  Sauce lasts for about a month, so you can always freeze some to use later.

You've got to love something that can be both tasty and guilt free!  If you're interested in reading more about my sugarless experiment, then you can read my past diary posts here.



  1. I'm really interested to try this. I did a very similar recipe for home made baked beans, so I imagine it would taste a bit like that. Looks amazing - lovely pictures!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

    1. It is really easy, so definitely worth a try. Thank you :) x

  2. I've never tried to make a condiment, but this seems quite easy, I might be a little tempted :) I'm a bit partial to brown sauce in my bacon sarnie :)

    ~ K

    1. Oh it is really simple to make, would be interested to know if you did give it a go. Noooo ketchup all the way haha x

  3. This sounds amazing... one of my biggest problems with ketchup is all the sugar. May have to give this recipe a go x

    Charlotte's Web | The London Project

  4. Great recipe! I really like ketchup, but it's frightening how much sugar it contains... I think I'll try this out :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    1. Thank you! You definitely should give it a go. x

  5. This sounds delicious, I'll definitely be trying this! But doesn't passata have sugar in it? It'll be life changing if you say no! x

    1. Nope, passata shouldn't have sugar in it, other than the natural sugar from the tomatoes. It usually just has added salt and maybe citric acid. Check the label just in case though! If you don't want to use passata you can always use canned chopped tomatoes and then blend the mixture to make it smooth. Glad to hear the recipe will be life-changing ;) x


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