A Low-Sugar Twist on Tzimmes

Chanukah, the festival of lights, is a fun holiday which of course includes many delicious foods.  Traditionally, these dishes are fried or loaded up with lots of sweet sugar.  This year we’re taking a healthier spin on some classic dishes, like Latkes and now a lower sugar version of Tzimmes. While Tzimmes would usually include brown sugar, bottled OJ and dried fruits, I like to use fresh OJ made in our juicer, omit the brown sugar and butter, opt for local honey, plus swap out high sugar dried fruits for fresh, fall favorite, cranberries.  The cranberries’ natural tartness also allows for an overall less sweet flavor in this dish.  Enjoy Tzimmes as a side dish or dessert.  Happy Hanukkah!




  • 1 large sweet potato (or 2 medium)
  • 8 medium carrots
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250 ml) fresh orange juice (about 2-3, medium oranges)
  • 1 cup (150 g) fresh cranberries
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
  2. Wash all veggies and fruits well.
  3. Peel sweet potatoes and carrots then chop into chunks.
  4. Grease baking dish with coconut oil. Add sweet potato, carrots and cranberries to dish.
  5. Juice 2 medium oranges.
  6. Pour orange juice and honey over veggies in dish.
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon over veggies.
  8. Cover and bake for about an hour until soft. Cook longer as needed.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Servings: 6


  • Sweet potato:  butternut squash, beets
  • Carrots:  parsnips, turnips, rutabaga
  • Honey: maple syrup, molasses
  • Cranberries:  dates, prunes, figs

Calories: 150

Fat: 1g

Trans Fat: 0.5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 80mg

Carbohydrates: 35g

Fiber: 5g

Sugars: 21g

Protein: 2g