Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Happy holiday! Fresh cranberry sauce, anyone?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all are having a wonderful and safe holiday.  This year, my parents and I are all going over to my fiance's parents' place to celebrate.  We're bringing a few dishes, and one that I'm contributing is a fresh cranberry relish (they'll have a traditional one, also).  I have a very restricted diet for many reasons, and one thing that I do not ever eat is white sugar, or any processed or cane sugar.  But I knew there was a way to make cranberry sauce without it! UPDATE: I now eat a balanced real food ("Paleo") diet.

Through some Google searching for raw vegan cranberry sauce, I found several recipes for fresh cranberry relish and picked and chose my favorite elements of each.  It's nothing new, really, but here's my suggestion for making delish fresh cranberry sauce, sweetened without any processed or unnatural sweeteners!

  • A bag of cranberries
  • An orange
  • An apple (I used a large Jonagold)
  • 0.5-1.5 cups whole dates (not the chopped ones dusted in oat flour, just regular dates)
  • Optional: a handful walnuts or pecans
Pulse everything in a food processor and enjoy!

If you like yours smoother and more sauce-like, pulse for longer.  If you like it chunkier, puree the dates in the food processor first, then add all the other ingredients.

It is deeeeeelicious!  Not too sweet, but fresh and fruity!  And healthy for folks like me, as well as my diabetic dad and mom on the Sonoma Diet.  Try it next time you want a fresh cranberry sauce but don't want to pour in loads of white sugar.

Hope you all had a great holiday!


  1. You are looking great in the photo :) Very sweet and fresh!

  2. sugar...that's how you're so skinny! ;)

  3. oooh fantastic!!! i LOVE cranberry sauce and i hate the amount of sugar the companies dump into it. thank you for testing and posting the recipe :)

  4. wish you would post about your diet. I'm a no-sugar newbie so I find it very interesting. Esp if you have resources to share.

  5. It is sooo good even a few days later!

    @Jenny, send me an email sometime =)

  6. MMM, sounds a it like my cranberry recipe, except mine uses maple syrup and fresh ginger instead of figs. I may have to try your version!

  7. awsome i like very much




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