Sugar Free Tomato Sauce

This recipe won’t be new to some of you, as it’s very similar to that in my post I love condiments – 4 recipes you need in your life. I’ve decided to re-release it as a gentle reminder – no one needs sugar-packed, store-bought tomato sauce. Making your own condiments really is this easy. You just have to get started to see. When it comes to kitchen DIY, the key is to start simple, build on what you learn and enjoy the process. As I always say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.


  • 1 teaspoon cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed
  • 400g can tomatoes (100% tomatoes)*
  • 1 sachet tomato paste (salt reduced)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar**
  • ¼ tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  1. In a large pan, brown garlic in coconut oil over a medium heat.
  2. Add all other ingredients and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until thick.
  4. Cool and store in the fridge. Due to the ACV, I expect it will last three weeks. I like to re-use old rice malt syrup jars or mason jars to store mine.  Mason jars can be purchased online with a simple Google search.
*Yes, fresh tomatoes can be used, but the richness of this sauce is what I love the most.
**I’ve had some feedback that this quantity of ACV is too strong for the kidlets. As always, I suggest you try my recipes first, then make modifications if required. If half a cup is too strong for you, decrease to 2 tablespoons and work your way up.


  1. Sue

    I am not sure if we can use coconut for the tomato sauce recipe.
    What would the best (totally nut free) option be please?

  2. Steph

    Hi Sue, the sauce is already nut free.

  3. Dee

    Sue, I was thinking avocado oil could be a good substitute for coconut oil. Have you tried that before?

    Steph, coconuts are tree nuts.


  4. Angie

    Botanically the coconut fruit is a drupe, not a true nut. A drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a pit of hardened endocarp with a seed inside. If you have a nut allergy, you need to talk to your doctor about what foods to avoid. Even though coconut isn’t a nut, some people who are allergic to tree nuts (like almonds, cashews, and walnuts) are also allergic to coconut. But others are not.

  5. Angie

    How much is in a sachet of tomato purée? 1 tablespoon?

  6. leath

    how much sugar is in the sachet of tomato puree & tins of tomato?

  7. Min Benstead

    Tins of tomato should ideally contain no added sugar. If it does, please consider finding one which does not.

  8. Courtney

    It was a really great recipe I just added 800 grams of cherry tomatoes instead of tinned my plants are going nuts lol and it was really delicious and thick thanks for the recipe 🙂

  9. Mary

    While this recipe has no “sugar” per se, rice syrup is just another form of high glycaemic sweetener. It’s really no better than white sugar, agave syrup etc etc.

  10. Steph Lowe

    It’s actually quite different due to the fructose free nature of RMS. You are certainly welcome to omit the ingredient if you wish!

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