Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread


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What's not to love about a gift you can eat? I have been making this cranberry walnut bread for a couple of years now. It slowly transformed to a healthier and vegan version over the years. It's not too sweet, which is how I like it. The best part is that you can dazzle it up and give it as a gift. It won't take up space in someones house, or their table (it goes very fast), and it's something everyone can enjoy together during the holidays. And since it's a vegan bread, no one will feel left out at your holiday party.

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 50 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

12 servings


  • 1 C. white flour
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 C. cranberries
  • 1/2 C. sucanat or sugar
  • 1/2 C. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 C. almond milk
  • 1 C. soy milk
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C. walnuts
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs. flaxseed
  • 1 Tbs. orange zest (1 orange)
  • 1/2 C. coconut oil, melted

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Preheat oven to 350° and coat a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Prep: melt the coconut oil and set aside. Add apple cider vinegar to the soy milk and let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Cranberries: mix cranberries with 1/4 cup of sucanat or sugar and 1 tsp of maple syrup. Let them sit while working on the rest.

Dry ingredients: whisk together the two flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and cornstarch.

Wet ingredients: Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sucanat (or sugar), maple syrup, coconut oil, zest, and vanilla. Stir the flaxseed into the almond milk and add to the mixture.

Combine: Combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients but don’t over-mix.Add the walnuts and the cranberries and give it a couple of stirs.

Pour the batter into a ready loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, check if it's ready with a cake poker or a toothpick. If the poker does not come out clean, cook until ready.  Usually not more than 10 additional minutes.

Take out of the pan and let it sit on a cooling rack until completely cool. To make it more festive, in a food processor, crush about a ¼ cup cranberries with a couple of tablespoons of sucanat. Then sprinkle the cran-sugar mixture on top of the bread.

You can also make mini loafs and package them up as gifts.

Submitted by: Maria Bardet

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