Homemade Cranberry Sauce

By Kim Nelson, HCTP September 2013

Looking to skip all the questionable canned stuff this year? This homemade cranberry sauce is made with real cranberries and just a few simple ingredients to make it sweet. It complements a variety of dishes and makes enough to enjoy even after your holiday dinner. This sauce is sure to become a holiday essential in your house!



  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄2 cup stevia and cane sugar blend
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced pineapple
  • 5 oz Truwhip
  • 1⁄2 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Combine water and stevia blend in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Wash cranberries, then add to pot and bring back to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the berries have burst open. Remove from heat.
  4. Add bananas and pineapple and stir.
  5. Add Truwhip and stir.
  6. Place in a large square dish and add walnuts on top if desired.
  7. Freeze mixture for about an hour.

Kim Nelson has always had a passion for health and wellness. After years of raising a family and continuing to think about this passion, she decided to fulfill a personal goal and become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Once Kim learned that health and wellness was so much more than keeping good eating habits, she knew she wanted to help others recognize that holistic healing not only comes from the food we eat, but how we handle situations that arise in our busy everyday lives. After completing the Health Coach Training Program, she continued on with the Maryland University of Integrative Health (an IIN partner) to complete a Master of Arts in Health & Wellness Coaching with a concentration in nutrition.

Kim wrote Busy Bodies Need to Eat to help others get started on their health and wellness journey with food. Within the cookbook, you will find healthy, quick, and easy recipes to help you get started on the right path to making your lifestyle healthy and happy. Kim understands that life gets busy and it can seem hard to find time to prepare healthy meals every day. Weight loss and weight maintenance are not about starving yourself, temporary diets, or quick fixes. It’s about fueling the body with the proper nutrients it needs to thrive. It is important to enjoy the foods we eat. In her book, you’ll find a variety of recipes that can allow you more time to enjoy activities, friends, and family. You can follow Kim at @busybodiesneed on Instagram.

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