Making Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) cranberry sauce is easy. I make it every year and it takes very little prep or time. Every once in a while I like to try something new. This year I wanted to make the sauce without using any juice because SCD-friendly juice is hard to buy.

You can easily squeeze an orange to get the juice from that or if you have a juicer you can make juice (though this will take some extra time and clean-up). You can buy fresh juice from a health-food store, but that’s expensive and also involves a trip to the store.

I didn’t have any of those options available. I wanted to make the sauce with what I had on hand and I didn’t want to use just water (which you can do) because I wanted some extra flavor.

What I had on hand was apples. I didn’t want applesauce so I purreed the cooked apple to make it more liquidy and then added the cranberries and made the sauce as usual. It turned out great! The apple makes it nice and thick and adds a crips fresh flavor to the sauce with a little sweetness so you don’t have to use a ton of honey.

SCD No-juice Cranberry Sauce

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Paleo, SCD
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 medium Fuji apple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 12 oz cranberries (1 bag or about a cup and a half)


  1. Peel and chop apple into small chunks

  2. Add chopped apple, water, lemon juice, spices, and honey to a medium saucepan

Simmer over medium heat for about five minutes until apple is soft

  1. Blend apple mixture until completely purreed - use blender or immersion blender and add back to saucepan

  2. Add cranberries to apple puree (make sure you wash cranberries first - it's easy to forget to do this)

  3. Simmer cranberries over medium heat - so it's bubbling a little - for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  4. Reduce heat to low and cook an addional five minutes without stirring

  5. Remove sauce from heat and allow to cool to room temerature

  6. Chill in refrigerator before serving

Sherry Lipp
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Sherry is a writer/blogger specializing in entertainment and food writing. She has been following a gluten, grain, and sugar-free diet for over 15 years and is the author of Don't Skip Dessert: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Sugar-Free Sweet Treats. She also enjoys writing about movies and television. You can find her entertainment articles at

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