Orange & Cranberry Jellies – Entirely Natural and Refined Sugar Free

Believe it or not, I’ve got another treat for you today.

This one’s different, though. First, it’s not chocolate. Although these jellies sure would be tasty all coated in dark chocolate. Hummm. I think I need to save that idea in a drawer somewhere inside my head…

But for now, I think we’ve had enough chocolate. Well, on here anyway!

Orange Cranberry Jellies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

So as I was saying, this treat is different from all the others I’ve given you lately. How, you ask? Well, it IS a treat, but really, it isn’t… It’s fruit puree that poses as a treat!

Indeed, all there is to these cute little fruit jellies is fresh cranberries (yes, yes, the whole fruits), sweet apple cider, freshly squeezed orange juice, a little bit of maple syrup, a few spices, and gelatin.

LOADS of gelatin!

And as you may know, gelatin is good for you. However, since it is from animal source, try and get your hands on real good, grass-fed or at least organic gelatin.

Orange Cranberry Jellies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

These are so incredibly tasty and have a very fun texture. Somewhere between firm “Jello” and gummies.

And look at how pretty. They look like little ruby red jewels, all covered in snow. Now don’t tell me these wouldn’t look good on a Holiday dessert or treats table.

And I’m pretty sure that this plate would empty in no time, too!

Orange Cranberry Jellies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Just don’t tell anyone that these are actually good for them, and they’ll never guess.

Hey, they don’t need to know now, do they?

Nah. Let’s keep this our little secret! :) 

All Natural Cranberry Jellies

Yield: Yields 64 jellies

NF is based on 1 of 64 square

All Natural Cranberry Jellies


  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sweet apple cider (or unsweetened apple juice)
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (or unpasteurized honey)
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 fresh vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g organic or grass fed powdered gelatin (I used Great Lakes)
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • About 1 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan except for water, gelatin and shredded coconut and cook over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. When the cranberries have pretty much all popped and the sauce has taken a bright red color, remove the star anise and kill the heat.
  3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water then mix well and quickly add to the cranberry sauce. Stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 9” x 9” non-stick or glass pan and place in the refrigerator to set, at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
  5. When the jelly is completely set remove from pan by lifting a corner and gently pulling on it, it should come right out. Cut into 64 squares with a warm, wet blade. To do that, run your blade under hot water between each cut and don't wipe it, as you want your squares to get a little wet.
  6. Place the coconut in a small mixing bowl and throw the fruit jellies right in, about 10 to 12 at a time. Move them around a little bit until completely covered in coconut.
  7. Store these in the fridge in an airtight container where they will keep for a few weeks.


  1. says

    Oh! I love jellies, but hate all the sugar! I actually stuck all my jelly candies to my gingerbread house with wood glue this year so I wouldn’t be tempted to consume all the sugar. True story.
    Thank you for a recipe that I can nix the whole “wood glue” deal! Yum!

    • says

      LOL! You’re too funny, Taylor! I certainly hope that your trick worked and that you were indeed not tempted to eat the “wood glued candy”… I’m pretty sure that these jellies could be made into a gum drop shape, which would make them more than suitable to use on a gingerbread house. With such a pretty and vibrant red color, I’m sure they’d make it super festive! And at least, these ones you could eat without having to feel guilty in the least! No wood glue required here! :)

    • says

      Poor things… they’d probably freeze to death! I say leave them back at the cabin where they can very patiently, and warmly, wait for your return.

      Ah, but then you wouldn’t be able to get energy from them as you are about to make your descent, would you? Pfff. Just make sure you get a good insulated bag to keep them in so they don’t suffer too much from the cold! 😉

  2. says

    These sound AMAZING! I love gummy/jelly candy and love all things orange-cranberry. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to trying these soon!

  3. Irene says

    I’ve made these jellies and they were amazing! I now have a couple bags of cranberries in the freezer for future use, since they are not always available. Needless to say, they did not last long. :-)
    Thanks for all these awesome recipes. Keep up the good work.

  4. says

    I’m definitely making these to add to my Christmas platter! However, I do have a question: is there any good replacement for the apple cider/juice? Such as water?

  5. Paul says

    Does no one EVER proof read these days?

    e.g. ” Add all ingredients to pot…..” and then, later, “add gelatin”. Careless, shoddy work


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