Cranapple Fluff

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The star of the show is “Tom Turkey,” of course, but at our house, it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without fresh cranberries.   An old-fashioned side, Cranapple Fluff, was served by both of my grandmother’s, and I’ve always thought it is so pretty.

Cranapple Fluff

Yes, pretty and pink, even preppy, especially on a bright, green, lettuce leaf.  We are crazy about cranberries and they are such a super-food, especially when served raw.  Add nuts and apples, and it’s not half-bad!

I always like to get as much done as I can in the days before.  With Cranapple Fluff, I can get the first step done the day before and then quickly finished up the next morning.

All you need to do is rinse your cranberries and drain well.  Finely chop them, preferably in a food processor, add sugar and stir together.  Then add marshmallows and stir in.  Cover with an airtight lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Cranapple Fluff

The next morning, dice or cut apples into chunks.  Chop nuts and whip the cream.  Add apples, nuts, and salt to the cranberry, sugar, cranberry mixture and mix together well.  Fold in the whipped cream, cover, chill, and serve at mealtime.

Cranapple Fluff

It’s just that simple!  Garnish with baby romaine lettuce leaves if desired.

Cranapple Fluff


Happy Thanksgiving all!

Cranberry Fluff

Cranapple Fluff

Cranapple Fluff

Fluffy and pink, a salad or a dessert. Cranapple Fluff is a fresh, crunchy, concoction that will make everyday taste like a holiday!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 cups raw cranberries chopped finely, preferably in a food processor
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup sugar or stevia
  • 3 tart apples (I used Granny Smith) diced or chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped to stiff peaks
  • romaine leaves for garnish if desired


  • The night before you wish to serve, combine cranberries, marshmallows, and sugar or stevia. Chill overnight in a sealed container.
  • The next morning, add apples, nuts, and salt and stir well. Whip and fold in whipping cream. Chill and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Gluten free.


Calories: 2444kcal | Carbohydrates: 336g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 128g | Sodium: 803mg | Fiber: 26g | Sugar: 253g

Ingredients: Apple
Meal Type: Desserts, Salads, Side Dish, Thanksgiving
Categories: Fruits

Comments & Reviews

  • Looks beautiful!! My mom puts jell-o on a lettuce leaf for Thanksgiving too!

    • It’s just a classic “Mom thing,” Cathy! I know you will have a wonderful time with all those cute kids of yours, (M was adorable today), in your awesome surroundings. We have so much to be thankful for!

  • My Grandmother made this my entire life and it is now my dish to make for all family holidays the only thing she did different was we also add seedless grapes cut in half or smaller. It is a family favorite.

    • Hi Laura, I’m so glad you shared with us that you add grapes to this recipe. Bananas would also be really good. One year I used two apples and two pears, anything goes! Have a fabuless holiday and thanks for sharing here.

  • Can you use cool whip instead?

    • I’m sure you can use cool-whip Noel. Just take into account that it is sweetened and the whipped cream in the recipe is not. You may want to cut back on the sugar a little, or if you like things really sweet, make no adjustment. Please let me know how it is. I’d love to know and I’m sure other readers would appreciate it too! Happy Thanksgiving.

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