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Cranberry Sauce (Refined Sugar-Free, GAPS)

It's that time of year! Well, it's that time of year if you're in the US or Canada and celebrate Thanksgiving. As an American, I'm a bit late for my dear Canadian friends, but I've got a simple, delicious and HEALTHY cranberry sauce to share for those Yanks preparing for their feast in the next few days.

This is a no-stress recipe that takes just minutes to put together. It uses whole foods and can be made ahead of time to make your Thanksgiving prep go even more smoothly.

Compliant With Many Diets

My husband and I have been following the GAPS diet for a number of months now. I've had incredible healing on the diet and don't want to sabotage my efforts just because it's the holidays! The wonderful thing about this dish is that it is compatible with numerous diets:

  • GAPS

  • SCD

  • Paleo

  • Vegan

You don't have to be following any particular diet at all to enjoy this recipe. It's easy with just a few fresh ingredients and is simply delicious. Also, if you're like me and you grew up on the canned jelly stuff, give fresh a try and you'll never go back!


Homemade Cranberry Sauce

2 cups of fresh cranberries

Pinch of salt

1 TSP of vanilla extract (omit if on SCD, or paleo)

Freshly squeezed juice from 2 oranges

2 heaping TBS of raw honey

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Turn the heat down after the mixture starts to boil. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool before storing in a glass container.


I've tested this recipe out on my family and they all love it. You'll also feel good that you're not filling yourself up with refined sugar as this is totally refined sugar-free. I'm so looking forward to serving it on Thanksgiving!

If you try this recipe, please let me know how it turns out! I'd love to see it. Feel free to tag me at @consciouslivingtoday on Instagram or on Facebook if you happen to give it a go.

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