Homemade Tomato Sauce [Dairy free, Gluten free, Grains free, Sugar free]

Following the success (based on the number of blog hits and my personal love of it) on my tomato sauce, that I blogged in November 2013, I have recently tried out and enjoyed this stove top or slow cooker made tomato sauce that I adapted from Sarah Wilsons’ I Quit Sugar recipe book.

This is a similar yet, simpler version of homemade tomato sauce that makes about 400ml of tomato sauce that keeps for up to a month in the refrigerator. What I enjoy about this sauce each time I make it, is that you control the taste by seasoning it the way you prefer. My family indulged in it too and I use this as base sauce for my homemade barbecue sauce.

The additions of preservative and sugar free sauces into my eating plan ensure that I am never tempted by the store bought processed variety and a necessary inclusion for those wanting to break addictions and embrace a healthy lifestyle change – I carried it to a restaurant recently with my sweet potato chips for a steak and chips with tomato sauce meal!


2 cans tomatoes (preservative and sugar free) or equivalent in preservative and sugar free tomato paste)
1/2 an onion, chopped
30ml – 60ml apple cider vinegar
4-6 whole pitted Medjool dates
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Himalayan or Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Here’s How

  • Bring all the ingredients to boil in a non-stick pot, stirring to dissolve the spices.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 50 minutes until the sauce reduces by almost half and has thickened.
  • Blend with an immersion or stick blender or in a food processor or blender. If the sauce is still a bit runny, return it to the stove top for a little longer.
  • Store in a clean glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month – you may freeze half the quantity and defrost and use as preferred.
  • You may also make this sauce in a slow cooker.  Cook all the ingredients on high for 2 to 2.5 hours.  After blending, you may want to return it to the cooker for another 30 minutes, without the lid, to thicken.


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Prava Singh

A Mom, daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend experiencing life through an evolutionary body with a revolutionary mind... A recent past former Type 2 insulin dependent and hypertensive walking time-bomb for 13.5 years, I have made positive lifestyle changes that has aided and abetted my health status for my overall betterment. Passionate about all things food, with a proud Indian heritage, I regularly blog my culinary attempts that have worked for me in my endeavours to break the shackles of food addictions and food slavery. Passionate about people too, my decision to share these endeavours is driven by informing others that a lifestyle change through food is indeed possible. I have indeed survived high school and survived life too in the most interesting and thought-provoking ways. Having lost over 50kgs of excess weight in just under a year, I have reclaimed my life and am thoroughly enjoying the journey.

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