Cranberry Orange Bread

This delicious and healthy Cranberry Orange Bread is naturally sweetened and has no added sweeteners, colors, or refined flours PLUS it’s ready in less than 30 minutes! 

Loaf of cranberry orange bread has been sliced and it is clear that the cranberries are throughout the bread and that it is moist.

Happy #NationalBreadDay!

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

It’s just so good.  So, by all means, I’m gonna be over here celebrating National Bread Day with this easy cranberry orange bread over here.

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 the Zevia orange soda which has a subtle orange flavor that’s perfect for this bread.

It’s all I need right now.

Ingredients required for the cranberry orange bread, including orange Zevia soda, whole wheat pastry flour, sea salt, dried unsweetened cranberries, and baking powder. Large mixing bowl filled with whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and sea salt and a can of Zevia pouring orange soda into the bowl.

Is Cranberry Orange Bread Healthy?

If you thought you can’t enjoy a thick slice of bread and still maintain a healthy lifestyle, think again!  There are some very easy ways to turn any bread into a healthy bread.  Here are some tips for how to do so:

  • replace refined all purpose flour with an unrefined flour, such as whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, or buckwheat flour
  • replace any added sugars with natural sweeteners, like 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.  It also uses Zevia orange soda which has a hint of natural orange flavor and fresh orange zest to add the perfect amount of flavor, without adding any artificial colors or flavors.

Whisking the orange Zevia soda into the flour mixture to create the dough for the cranberry orange bread. Close up of the cranberry orange bread freshly baked and still hot from the oven, in the loaf pan.

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 freezer-safe plastic 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 shot of the cranberry orange bread next to fresh orange wedges, dried cranberries, and orange soda. Close up shot of the cranberry orange bread that has been sliced and is ready to eat.

The combination of orange and cranberries really shines through in this bread. I’ve found it the perfect breakfast during these Fall mornings.  I like to slice them pretty thick and then toast them so the outside gets crispy, but the inside remains moist and tender.  Throw in a cup of coffee with a thick slice of this homemade bread and that’s what I call a good way to start the day!

Close up of a hand holding a thick slice of the moist cranberry orange bread.

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

This delicious and healthy cranberry orange bread is naturally sweetened and has no added sweeteners or refined flours PLUS it’s super easy and fun to make. This bread that’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

Categories: Bread
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: cranberry orange bread with dried cranberries, dried cranberry orange bread, healthy cranberry orange bread
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted, plus more for greasing loaf pan
  1. Preheat oven to 355 degrees F and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.

  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, eggs, 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 129 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.6g4%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Sodium 122.1mg5%
Carbohydrates 29.2g10%
Fiber 6.3g25%
Sugar 0.8g1%
Protein 4.3g9%
* 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 “Cranberry Orange Bread

  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?

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