Cranberry Orange Bread

5 from 8 votes

This easy and quick Cranberry Orange Bread recipe is great for the holidays. It has a tangy delicately sweet taste and a burst of fresh citrus

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This Cranberry Orange Bread is a classic winter quick bread loaf that is so easy to make. If you’re having guests visit for the holidays, there’s nothing that welcomes them to your home quite like the smell of freshly baked goods. This one is bursting with sweet orange flavor and tart cranberries that is all balanced with the earthy walnut flavor.

Cranberry orange bread on a white plate after sliced

This orange and cranberry bread tastes just like Christmas! This easy wonderful holiday bread is made with seasonal cranberries and fresh orange juice for a delicious treat!

Ingredients to make the recipe

  • Dry ingredients: Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Wet ingredients: Coconut oil (melted), egg and orange zest.
  • Orange juice: I prefer to squeeze it fresh for best flavor.
  • Cranberries: You can use fresh or frozen. I like to vacuum seal mine when I buy it during Thanksgiving and freeze it until I’m ready to bake this cranberry orange bread. If you’re using frozen, there’s no need to thaw. This will also work with dried cranberries, although fresh/frozen are best.
  • Walnuts: The walnuts are optional and you can substitute them with other nuts you prefer, but I highly recommend adding them to balance out the sweet and tart flavors.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make cranberry orange bread

  • Start with the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Give them a good stir or whisk to combine.
  • Add the chopped cranberries and chopped walnuts to the flour mixture.
  • Mix everything together. Tossing these heavy add-ins helps them not sink to the bottom of the cranberry orange bread after we bake it. The flour coating keeps them in their place.
Process shots showing the dry ingredients before and after mixing
  • Next combine all the wet ingredients in another bowl.
  • Stir to combine until everything is well incorporated
  • Place the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients
  • Mix everything together until you get a thick batter. Some flour streaks are ok.
Process shots showing the wet ingredients and then everything mixed together

Then it’s baking time. If you notice that the loaf is getting browned before the time is up, you can tent the loaf pan after about 30 minutes. I don’t find that it’s necessary since this cranberry orange bread doesn’t rise too much.

Loaf pan with the batter before and after baking

Tips for making cranberry orange bread

  1. Use wet ingredients at room temperature. This is to ensure that the batter mixes together easily and evenly, and the coconut oil doesn’t solidify when it comes in contact with any cold ingredients.
  2. Chop the cranberries and walnuts. Chopping the cranberries reduces the massive tart scare you might experience biting into a full cranberry (regardless of whether it’s cooked!). And chopping the walnuts just gives a nutty flavor in every bite.
  3. Coat the cranberries and walnuts with the dry mixture before adding the wet ingredients. This is great to ensure that they don’t all fall to the bottom of the pan after baking.
  4. Cover the bread loosely with aluminum foil halfway through baking. This is only necessary if you notice the top is getting too brown before the bread bakes through.
  5. Freeze extra cranberries. When cranberries are in season at their peak flavor, it’s a great idea to stock up on them. Grab my tips for freezing cranberries so you can enjoy them in recipes even when they’re not in season.

Frequently asked questions

How do you know when the bread is baked?

The cranberry orange bread will take around 50 minutes to make, and it’s best to check for doneness at around 45 minutes. The loaf will be golden brown in color and when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

How long does cranberry orange bread keep?

Once the bread has cooled, store it in an airtight container and it will be good for around 4 days. You can also freeze the bread, wrap it tightly in foil and place in a freezer bag.

Two slices of cranberry orange bread on a plate

This quick bread is easy to make and perfect for Christmas. It’s bright in flavor and color that’s perfectly festive for any celebrations. It can also easily be made for breakfast or as a dessert.

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This Cranberry Orange Bread recipe was originally published on December 8, 2016. I updated the recipe to include more step-by-step photos. Here’s the throwback photo!

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread on a plate with a slice taken out

Cranberry Orange Bread

This easy and quick Cranberry Orange Bread recipe is great for the holidays. It has a tangy delicately sweet taste and a burst of fresh citrus
5 from 8 votes
Servings 12 servings
Course Dessert
Calories 184
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the cranberries and walnuts, and stir to coat with flour mixture.
  • In another large bowl, combine the egg, oil, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir until everything is well-blended. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack, and cool completely.

Notes

Recipe: Adapted from AllRecipe.
Equipment: I use the FoodSaver FM Vacuum Sealing system to seal the cranberries so they’re ready to be used for the recipe whenever I’m ready.
  • To make this gluten-free, use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix, but again the texture will not be as moist. Do not substitute only almond flour or only coconut flour though.
  • You can substitute the cane sugar for coconut sugar or another granulated sugar.
  • Substitute the coconut oil for another neutral oil or butter.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate and could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 204mg, Potassium: 200mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Vitamin C: 9.6mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg

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Cranberry orange bread on a white plate after sliced

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  1. Wow!! I just made the cranberry orange bread and it came out so well!!! So easy and yummy!! Thanks!! Now I’m excited to try the lemon bread!!!

      1. Yumna, would like to ask the nutrition, 1g is 184kcal? Means if one slice is 20g , then it will be 3,680kcal??

        1. The 184 calories is for once slice and the loaf is divided into 12 slices, so the whole bread would be about 2,200 calories. I hope that helps!

  2. Hi Yumna! Thank you for the great recipe!
    I would like to make this, as little New Years gifts, in mini loaves. Can you help me with the temp and time length to bake them, so they turn out as lovely as the large loaf? THANK you so much! XO Nelle

    1. Hi Nelle! That’s such a cute idea! So you’ll want to keep the temperature at 350F, but the time will be between 30 and 40 minutes. I recommend starting to check on it at the 30 minute mark until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Happy New Year!

  3. I just had to make this. It looks amazing. Plus, ya oddly made me remember the fresh cranberries that I had to use up, before it went bad. As well as some oranges. This recipe was easy to follow and too make. I didn’t have a zester, so grinding up the orange rinds worked. It added more flavor and texture than just zesting um. The cranberries gave it a tart burst that worked so well with the orange juice and walnuts. This was so good and really scrumptious. I made the loaf a few hours ago and it’s almost gone. Everyone loves it and wants me to make more. I can’t thank ya enough for making and posting this recipe.

    1. You’re so sweet! Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed feedback on the recipe! I love that you were creative in creating the orange zest with the mini grinder, and I’m so happy to hear that everyone loves the bread! Thank you!!