Healthy Cranberry Orange Bread | Naturally Sweet!

The perfect combination of tart and sweet – without added sugar – this recipe is a must! Using clean-eating ingredients, this post will show you how to make the BEST Cranberry Orange Bread.

Are you looking for delicious, yet healthy Cranberry Orange Bread? This recipe has the perfect combination of tart and sweet without added sugar. Clean-eating ingredients make this a go-to bread for any occasion!

There’s not much better than a freshly baked quick bread, hot from the oven. The way it makes your home smell delicious.  The warm, tender texture.

It’s just so good. Let’s talk about the deliciousness here. We’ve got specs of orange zest, tiny bursts of dried cranberries, and that lovely depth of the whole wheat pastry flour. The bread itself is naturally sweetened with just the dried cranberries and then just the right amount of orange juice and almond milk.

It’s all I need right now. Let’s bake it together, shall we?

Overhead image of ingredients to make Cranberry Orange Bread, including dried cranberries, oatmeal, flour, almond milk, an egg, orange zest and cinnamon.

Is Cranberry Orange Bread Healthy?

Oh yes, Cranberry Orange Bread can be healthy! In fact, there are some very easy ways to turn any bread into a healthy bread. Here are some tips on how to do so:

  • Replace refined all-purpose flour with unrefined flour, such as whole wheat pastry flour, spelt, or buckwheat flour.
  • Replace any added sugars with natural sweeteners. Try adding dried cranberries instead of granulated sugar.
  • Replace any oils or fats in the recipe with a mashed fruit, like mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce.
  • Add additional vanilla extract or ground cinnamon, both of which make the bread taste sweeter.

This cranberry orange bread uses whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour and dried unsweetened cranberries instead of any added sweeteners. Making your own quick bread at home means that you know exactly what goes in it — no hidden sugars or additives here!

Overhead image of a glass bowl containing dry ingredients for the Cranberry Orange Bread, including cranberries, whole wheat pastry flour, and oatmeal.

Cranberry Orange Bread Ingredients

This cranberry orange bread recipe has some extra healthy ingredients inside that further both the decadent flavor AND the nutritional value. Win-win!

  • Whole wheat pastry flour: Whole wheat flour is less refined than white flour. It’s a great choice! (Read about other super healthy flours here.)
  • Uncooked rolled oats: Oats are a cholesterol-friendly cereal grain and are extra versatile. I love them in overnight oats, too!
  • Cranberries: Cranberries have antioxidants.
  • Almond milk: Almond milk is a healthy plant-based alternative for those who have to avoid dairy (say, if you are lactose intolerant or vegan)
  • Orange juice: The OJ in the recipe adds the perfect amount of tartness (and vitamin C!)
  • Coconut oil: Read all about the goodness here.
Overhead image of a glass bowl and whisk containing the wet ingredients for Cranberry Orange Bread, including orange juice, an egg, and almond milk.

How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread

1. Oven: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Ready the pan: Grease the loaf pan with coconut oil. You can also use parchment paper to line the pan, leaving some of the paper overhanging the sides. Or just cut a rectangle of parchment paper to line the bottom of the pan.

3. Mix the dry ingredients: Combine the dry ingredients, including the dried cranberries.

4. Mix the wet ingredients: Combine the wet ingredients as listed on the recipe.

5. Make the batter: Combine the two to make the batter, which will be lumpy and thick in its consistency.

6. Put in the oven: Spread into the loaf pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes until a knife in the center comes out clean.

7. Enjoy: Cool and serve warm or at room temperature.

Overhead image of a glass bowl containing the mixture of wet and dry ingredients for Cranberry Orange Bread, partially mixed and a blue spatula is in the bowl also.

Can You Use Fresh Cranberries Instead Of Dried Cranberries?

Yes! You can use fresh cranberries or dried, whatever you have on hand. They both work well in this recipe. You may want to slice fresh cranberries in half. It’s not necessary, though. Whole fresh cranberries suit the recipe just fine! I usually use dried cranberries because I always have them in my pantry.

Should dried cranberries be soaked before baking? This is a question I often get, and the answer is no. There is no need to at all. Typically, in a recipe which calls for one cup of fresh cranberries, you’ll use 3/4 cup of dried cranberries.

Overhead image of a metal loaf pan filled with the batter for Cranberry Orange Bread, ready to be baked.

Can I Freeze Cranberry Orange Bread?

Yes, you can easily freeze this bread to enjoy for later. To freeze the cranberry orange bread, make sure you allow it to cool before freezing to avoid soggy bread.  Then, just wrap the loaf using one layer of plastic wrap, and then place that into a large reusable freezer bag.  Frozen bread should last up to 2-3 months in the freezer, if stored properly.

To thaw the frozen bread, just take it out of the freezer and let it come to room temperature.  This should take about 2-3 hours. To serve the bread hot, place it in an oven and bake for 4-6 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through.

For best results, I recommend freezing your bread when it’s fresh.  The fresher the bread when you freeze it, the better it will be when you thaw and reheat it.

Overhead view of a baked Cranberry Orange Bread, cooling on a metal rack.

More Healthy Bread Recipes

Now that you’ve tried this dee-licious cranberry orange bread, I just know you want to try other bread recipes! Here they are!

Cranberry Orange Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Are you looking for delicious, yet healthy Cranberry Orange Bread? This recipe has the perfect combination of tart and sweet without added sugar. Clean-eating ingredients make this a go-to bread for any occasion!

Categories: Bread
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: cranberry orange bread with dried cranberries, dried cranberry orange bread, healthy cranberry orange bread
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 224 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted, plus more for greasing loaf pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat pastry flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and cranberries. Stir to combine.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, one egg, orange zest, and coconut oil.

  4. Add the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and stir to combine. The mixture will be thick and lumpy.

  5. Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  6. Bake in the oven 25-30 minutes, until sides separate from pan and knife in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Slice into thick slices and enjoy.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 345mg10%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 69IU1%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

One thought on “Healthy Cranberry Orange Bread | Naturally Sweet!

  1. Hello,
    Is there something else we can use besides the orange Zevia beverage for this recipe? I am not sure my grocery store carries that brand. Would orange flavored seltzer work?
    Thanks

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