Sliced Healthy Cranberry Orange Bread with Orange and Cranberries to side

This healthy cranberry orange bread is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat. Studded with flecks of cranberry and infused with orange zest and juice, you’ll be hard pressed to find a breakfast or snack as flavorful and beautiful as this healthy bread. It’s slightly sweet from the orange and honey, a bit tart from the cranberries, and pleasantly spiced from a dash of cardamom. It smells and tastes like the holidays, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

What goes into this healthy cranberry orange bread?

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Bread

This bread is packed with good-for-you ingredients that make it a great healthy breakfast or snack. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Whole wheat pastry flour: If you haven’t baked with whole wheat pastry flour before, now is your chance! This flour is milled from a softer wheat than normal whole wheat flour, so it retains a nice fluffy texture once baked. Don’t let past encounters with whole wheat baked goods scare you away — the pastry flour makes all the difference.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and salt: The usual culprits!
  • 2-3 large oranges: No bottled orange juice in this recipe, we use the real deal to maximize flavor and nutrients. We all know oranges are packed with immune-boosting vitamin C, and couldn’t we all use a little more of that these days?
  • Cranberries: In addition to adding beautiful color and flavor to this healthy bread, cranberries are a nutrition powerhouse. They are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, making them an excellent addition to your baked goods! We’ll run these through a mini food processor before baking to ensure we get the best they have to offer in terms of flavor and texture.
  • Olive oil: I always prefer to bake with heart-healthy olive oil, which must be coursing through my veins at this point. I don’t think the flavor comes through in baked goods, but if you’d prefer you can use melted butter .
  • Greek yogurt: You can use non-fat (my preference) or full fat — either way, the addition of yogurt to this healthy cranberry orange bread gives us an extra boost of protein and probiotics.
  • Honey: I love baking with unrefined sugars like honey or maple syrup. Either will work in this recipe.
  • Eggs: Naturally.
  • Vanilla extract and cardamom: For added flavor. Cardamom is also known to be high in antioxidants. Cinnamon will also add some nice flavor if you don’t have cardamom on hand.

How to make the bread

This bread comes together very easily, even without using shortcuts like bottled orange juice. In a nutshell, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Blitz cranberries in a mini food processor. This step is crucial — it’s what allows us to bake a bread that’s beautifully flecked with slightly tart cranberries, rather than riddled with large pockets of sour fruit. If you don’t have a food processor, you could achieve the same result by finely chopping your cranberries. Once pulsed or chopped, set aside.
  2. Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cardamom get to know each other.
  3. Mix wet ingredients. Mix the honey and olive oil together until smooth. Next, add the orange zest, orange juice, and greek yogurt. Once smooth, whisk in the two eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix. Use a large wooden spoon and mix as sparingly as possible.
  5. Fold in the cranberries. This may be the most beautiful step yet! The cranberries will form beautiful flecks of color (and flavor and texture) in the batter, which has already been infused with intense orange flavor.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake. Spread your batter out evenly and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack before slicing. If you can wait, cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and enjoying the bread.
batter for healthy cranberry orange bread in large bowl
batter for healthy cranberry orange bread in large bowl

If you love this healthy cranberry orange bread, you will also enjoy my healthy earl grey muffins with honey and lemon! These muffins are one of the most popular recipes on my site, and for good reason. Check them out after you enjoy this bread!

As always, if you make this recipe, please leave a rating and comment below. Your comments help other readers find my recipes and are helpful to those deciding whether to try this one. Thank you for supporting A Tavola Kitchen!

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Healthy Cranberry Orange Bread

This healthy cranberry orange bread is easy, delicious, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. 

  • Author: A Tavola Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Breakfast or Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh, not dried)
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom or cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (sub 1/3 cup melted butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 
  • 1 to 1.5 tbsp orange zest, from about 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, from about 2 and a half large oranges
  • 1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt (2% or whole milk will also work) 
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat an 8×4 in loaf pan liberally with non-stick spray.
  2. Pulse cranberries in a food processor for 5-10 seconds, until broken into bits but not pureed. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cardamom. Set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, mix together olive oil and honey until well-combined. Add in orange zest and juice and yogurt, whisking until thoroughly combined. Finally, whisk in eggs and vanilla extract. 
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and fold in cranberries. 
  6. Transfer mixture to prepared pan, distributing batter evenly. 
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before slicing and enjoying! 

Notes

  1. Natalie says:

    This bread is so good! It’s not overly sugary, so you feel good about eating it and don’t have to worry about a sugar crash later on. It pairs nicely with a bit of butter and a cup of coffee. I plan on making a few more loaves tomorrow and freezing them for easy access. A loaf of this bread would make a great gift at the holidays!

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