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This Orange Cranberry Bread is a soft and savory healthy bread recipe that’s perfect for the holidays. It is quick, simple, and super moist bread that’s studded with fresh cranberries and makes for an impressive hostess gift.

sliced Cranberry Orange Bread on a wooden board
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This Healthy Cranberry Bread recipe is so delicious and a great way to use up any leftover cranberries. Serve it as a snack, breakfast, or dessert. Full of cranberry and orange flavor, everyone will enjoy this moist and tasty treat. They are gluten-free and perfect for fall and cranberry season. It has a unique sweet and tart flavor that comes together perfectly.

If you’re looking for other delicious cranberry recipes, why not also try my Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce and my Slow Cooker Cranberry Beef Brisket!

why you’ll love this cranberry orange bread

  • A delicious sweet and tangy bread. Made with maple syrup, tangy cranberries, and zesty oranges, this bread has such a palette-pleasing flavor.
  • Moist bread. Made with buttermilk, this bread is springy, moist, and oh so satisfying!
  • Gorgeous! Golden brown and studded with bright cranberries, this Cranberry Orange Bread makes a delightful gift.
  • An easy bread! So simple to prep, made mainly with a handful of kitchen staples, super easy.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Eggs
  • Coconut Oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • Orange Zest
  • Vanilla
  • Buttermilk
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Flour – oat flour and gluten free.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

how to make this cranberry orange bread

  • Mix your ingredients – First, whisk your dry ingredients in one bowl and your wet mix in a high-speed mixer. Combine wet and dry.
  • Add cranberries – Next, gently fold in the cranberries into the batter.
  • Bake – Then, pour the batter into a prepped loaf pan, bake for 40-50 mins.
  • Finally, serve and enjoy!
whisking eggs
cranberries in batter

recipe notes and tips

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • To check doneness, use a knife inserted in the center, if it comes out clean, the Cranberry Orange Bread is ready.
  • This bread was made without orange juice. If you would like to add some, you may add about 1/2 a cup but you would have to add another 1/4 cup of oat or gluten-free flour.
  • You can whip up a couple of these as easily as one, so feel free to double the ingredients. One for you and one for a friend (or two for you!).
  • Also, be sure to use a greased loaf pan or add parchment paper to prevent it from sticking to pan.
  • If you like, add some chopped nuts. Nuts are a wonderful addition and compliment the flavors of the bread beautifully.
  • If using frozen cranberries, you do not need to thaw them.
  • Invest in an oven thermometer. If you don’t have one already, they are great for baking! Most ovens vary in temperature, an inexpensive oven thermometer is a great way to bake your loaf perfectly
top down shot of sliced bread

faq’s

Does Cranberry Bread need to be refrigerated

Cranberry bread can be left on the counter at room temperate for the first 2 days. Just cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. After the initial two days, it’s best to store your leftover cranberry bread tightly wrapped or in a container in the fridge. Also, the cranberry bread can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days. Simply reheat in the microwave if needed.

Can you substitute dried cranberries for fresh

The beauty of making cranberry bread is that you can use any cranberries you have on hand. You may use fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries.

top down shot of Cranberry Orange Bread

Do you have to cook cranberries before baking

No. You don’t have to cook cranberries before baking. Cranberries will give the bread, muffins, or whatever you are baking that tart and juicy flavor.

overhead shot of Cranberry Orange Bread

How long do fresh cranberries last

If refrigerated, fresh cranberries will last 3-4 weeks in their original packaging or a Ziploc bag. Also, you can load up on Fresh cranberries because they can be frozen for up to 1 year.

close up of Cranberry Orange Bread slice
a stack of Cranberry Orange Bread slices

Can you freeze cranberry bread

Tightly wrap or place your cranberry bread in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use, let it thaw in the fridge the night before and then slice and reheat as needed.

sliced bread on a table

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5 from 1 vote

Cranberry Orange Bread

By: Rena
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
close up of Cranberry Orange Bread slice
Simple, moist, and quick bread recipe made with orange zest and fresh cranberries.

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • Cup Maple Syrup
  • Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
  • Cup Oat Flour
  • Cup Gluten-free Flour Mix
  • Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, orange zest,
    vanilla, and buttermilk.
  • Mix at high speed with an electric mixer for about 10 minutes or until pale and creamy.
  • Now, add in the flour mixture and beat until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add cranberries, gently fold to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-50 min or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • To check doneness, use a knife inserted in the center, if it comes out clean, the Cranberry Orange Bread is ready.
  • This bread was made without orange juice. If you would like to add some, you may add about 1/2 a cup but you would have to add another 1/4 cup of oat or gluten-free flour.
  • You can whip up a couple of these as easily as one, so feel free to double the ingredients. One for you and one for a friend (or two for you!).
  • Use a greased loaf pan.
  • If you like, add some chopped nuts. Nuts are a wonderful addition and compliment the flavors of the bread beautifully.
  • If using frozen cranberries, you do not need to thaw them.
  • Invest in an oven thermometer. If you don’t have one already, they are great for baking! Most ovens vary in temperature, an inexpensive oven thermometer is a great way to bake your loaf perfectly

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 222mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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  1. I would like to use almond flour and/or spelt flout. How might you substitute these flours for the others? Thanks!

    1. Hi there. I am not really sure since I haven’t tested it with almond and spelt flour. If those are the flours you have, go ahead and try 1 1/4 almond flour, 1 and 1/4 cup spelt flour. add one more egg because almond flour needs more eggs.

      1. I made this recipe and for some reason when I mixed all together it became like a really thick dough almost like a bread dough, not sure what went wrong