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! This post is sponsored by Zevia.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
- 2 tsp. orange zest
- 1 12-oz can Orange Zevia
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted, plus more for greasing loaf pan
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 9x5 loaf pan with coconut oil.
In a mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, sea salt, dried unsweetened cranberries, and orange zest. Stir to combine.
Add the Orange Zevia and melted coconut oil, and mix until just combined. The batter will be thick and lumpy.
Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the oven 25-30 minutes, until sides separate from pan and knife in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Slice into thick slices and enjoy.
Thank you Zevia for sponsoring this post! Check out more Zevia products including the orange soda used in this recipe at www.zevia.com . This post contains affiliate links for products I use regularly and highly recommend.