Almost Sugar Free Pickled Beets Recipe That Your Taste Buds Will Love

Almost Sugar Free, No Added Sugar Pickled Beets Recipe
Behind The Recipe

Finding a good, almost sugar free pickled beets version on the shelves at our local grocery is well, pretty much unfindable where we live. Our mother has always loved pickled beets, but since being diagnosed with diabetes years ago, they were off limits. Why? Because they are full of added sugar. One day, I decided to try making her a sugar free version of pickled beets. The recipe wasn’t really hard to tweak and mom loved them. As for myself, I never liked pickled beets, no matter how healthy they were. That is, until just the past few months. I suddenly started having thoughts that I would like to try them again. Much to my surprise, I actually liked them. I guess you can still teach an old dog new tricks after all.

Recipe Tweaks

When figuring out how to make sugar free pickled beets, I found an old canning recipe and decided to adapt it. While taking out the sugar and replacing that with non-sugar sweetener, I also adapted it by adding some spices like the cinnamon and allspice, as well as adjusting the amount of vinegar. The old canning recipe included slices of onion. With a goal of making it easier, I exchanged that for onion powder. Whole cloves are also preferred here. The end result was a no added sugar, pickled beet recipe, that tastes as good as the good old-fashioned recipe my grandmother made. Another possibility for this recipe is to use fresh beets the way she did. You would first add water to your marinade, in place of the beet juice from the can. Cook the fresh beets to tender, scraping the peeling off after cooking, then slice and add to the marinade.

I am hesitant to call this recipe “sugar free” pickled beets because the beets have a little natural sugar in them although, there is no added sugar. It does make a tasty snack though.

Almost Sugar Free Pickled Beets

Cooker, Baker & Recipe Maker: Lana Myers
A sweet and sour pickled beet with no concern of their soaking in a sauna of sugar.
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Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 14 1/2 cup servings
Calories 40 kcal


  • 4 15 oz cans plain sliced beets (not pickled)
  • 5 oz apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cup juice reserved from canned beets
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or pickling salt
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup non-sugar sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder


  • Open cans of beets, measure out beet juice and pour into a medium size bowl with an air tight lid. Do not pour beets into bowl yet.
  • Measure out all other ingredients and pour into beet juice, stirring together.
  • Place all of the sliced beets into the liquid mixture, cover tightly.
  • Refriderate for 24 hours for time to marinate.

Notes & Credits

Sliced beets are better to use than whole in this recipe, due to having more exposed surface to marinading. If you can only buy whole beets, I would suggest slicing before marinading.
Because these beets are pickled , they last a bit in the fridge.
A special reminder to wear rubber gloves when handling beets if you don’t prefer red hands.

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Nutrition: (Nutritional values are not authenticated by and should be user verified.)

Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 5gSodium: 250mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g
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