Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

I like to make quick breads for breakfast when we have house guests or when we’re planning a leisurely brunch.  This orange cranberry bread recipe is a fantastic choice for holiday gatherings or any time of year.

Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/4 cup whole flax seeds
  • 3/4 cup sucanat
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Grated zest of one orange
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, room-temperature
  • 1 egg, room-temperature and beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (Optional. We prefer pecans, but walnuts are delicious as well!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9" X 4" loaf pan.
  2. Bring the orange juice to a boil the stovetop.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Allow to cool as you continue the recipe.
  4. Combine flours, flax seeds, sucanat, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and zest in a bowl.
  5. Combine oil, eggs, and cooled juice/cranberry mixture.
  6. Stir liquid into flour mixture until almost completely combined.
  7. Fold in nuts.
  8. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes.
  10. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.


A couple of easy substitutions:

You can substitute ground flax seed for the eggs.

Butter can be substituted for coconut oil.

You could also use an equal amount of banana for the oil and still have a very moist bread with a much lower fat content.

The spices can be increased or substituted to meet your family’s tastes.

Some great additions would be ginger or nutmeg.

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of the orange zest. It brightens up this bread tremendously.

My family devours this bread recipe.  It’s healthy without being intimidating.  My oldest son actually picks on me quite a bit for my desire to add coconut oil and flax to every recipe.  But even he adores this bread without a single complaint.  It’s a favorite around our house and there is never any left over.

Please leave a comment below to share with us your favorite homemade breakfast bread recipe.

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  1. Yum sounds like a good recipe will have to try it when my folks come down next week. Do you just use whole uncooked Cranberries just right out of the bag??

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