Cranberry Sauce is a holiday staple in many households, but the canned variety is often loaded with sugar and lacks the substance and delicate flavors available in whole cranberries. This simple sauce recipe can be drizzled over your holiday favorites or used as a fruity dessert. My family eats it straight off the spoon!

ingredientsPhase 2 Cranberry Sauce

(6 to 8 servings)

⅓ cup raisins
½ medium Fuji or other sweet apple or pear, cored, and diced
1 cup water
1 ⅓ cup whole, fresh cranberries
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon tangerine or orange zest, and/or a squeeze of tangerine juice to taste
Optional: ¼ to ½ teaspoon ginger juice


Place raisins, apples, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil.

Turn heat down to a simmer, and cook for ten minutes or until raisins are soft.

Add cranberries, salt, honey, and maple syrup.

Bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries have popped.

Simmer another 10 minutes to fully soften the cranberries.

Add tangerine zest and optional ginger juice to taste.

Pulse with an immersion blender to create chunky sauce.

Refrigerate to set before serving.



What to do with leftover cranberry sauce:

Mix with pear slices and bake the mixture in a pie shell for a delicious fruit pie or serve as a Pear Chutney side dish.



For Phase 3: replace apple chunks and water with ½ cup apple juice and ¼ cup applesauce. Boil raisins with the apple juice and add the applesauce when the cranberries are added.

Servings: 8
Calories: 59
Carbohydrate: 15 g
Protein: 1 g
Fat: 0 g

Click here for a printable version of this recipe!

  • Ursula

    Cranberry sauce looks great, and I am looking forward to trying it. I am on my third week of the program, first week of Phase 2 and seeing great results already. I have a question though. I LOVE the Phase 1 power smoothie. I like it better than the Phase 2 version. Is it okay to have the Phase 1 smoothie in Phase 2? Thanks. All the food is delicious, and my cravings for sweets and bread have disappeared.

    • drdavidludwig

      Yes, phase 1 shake is fine anytime. In fact, any of the Phase 1 meals will work incorporated into a phase 2 meal plan. You can choose to lower fat and increase carbs a bit or not. Phase 2 is about experimenting with what works for your body and being flexible enough to find your “sweet spot” within the ratios and ingredients. Check out the FAQ page for more on this subject too.
      – Chef Dawn

      • Ursula

        Thank you for your advice about the Phase 1 shake. I have another question though. I found date coconut rolls in the bulk section of Whole Foods. They are just dates formed into rolls and rolled in unsweetened coconut. Would these be a good snack in Phase 2, or are the dates too high in sugar content? I was also wondering whether some Larabars would be ok to have. There is a carrot cake flavor that lists almonds, walnuts, raisins, pineapple, unsweetened coconut, carrots, cinnamon, and extra virgin coconut oil as the only ingredients. Thanks!

        • drdavidludwig

          Ursula, I would be careful of dried fruit and dried fruit bars. Although Larabars and date coconut rolls have better quality ingredients than many snacks, I think that the high concentration of refined carbohydrate in the dried fruit is still an issue for most people who are trying to get their metabolism and fat cells under control. Although snacks don’t have to meet ratios, I do recommend that they include a combination of macronutrients in somewhat of a balance. So, for example, apples with peanut butter or cheese rather than just apples or just peanut butter. Having one small date with some nuts might be an ok snack for some people on occasion as your body tolerates it, but I suspect a whole Larabar might be a bit over the top for most AH bodies.
          – Chef Dawn

  • Ursula

    Thanks! I suspected as much. I will steer clear of dried fruit for sure. I have made great progress so far, losing 14 pounds and 4 inches in 6 weeks. I don’t want to do anything to mess things up.