Healthy Recipes

Healthy Ginger Orange Cranberry Bread

The key here is leaving out the butter—but you won't miss it.

Christy Brissette, M.S., R.D. thumbnail by MS, RD
Cranberry Bread
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This healthier take on the popular holiday quick bread is bursting with cranberries, citrus flavor, and a hint of ginger spice. Thanks to the natural sweetness in the citrus, there are no refined sugars, only ½ cup maple syrup. This recipe also uses heart-healthy olive oil instead of butter. Enjoy with a protein-rich serving of nut butter, and this cranberry bread is sure to keep you satisfied.

Recipe courtesy of One Hungry Bunny.

Healthy Ginger Orange Cranberry Bread Prep time: 10 min.   |   Cook time: 50-60 min.
You'll need
  • 1 cup whole white flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp orange zest (about one orange)
  • Juice of one orange (about ¼ cup, add ½ cup more for softer bread)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cup whole cranberries (thawed if frozen)
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Set aside a greased or nonstick loaf pan (8½x4½").
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and set aside.
3. Combine the wet ingredients in a medium bowl, and set aside.
4. Transfer the wet ingredients to the larger bowl of dry mix, and stir to combine. Do not over-mix.
5. Stir in the cranberries and walnuts, and pour the batter evenly into the pan.
6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, using a clean knife check the middle for residue. If it remains clean the bread is done.