Whole wheat orange cranberry bread

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Total Time 1 hour
Serves 1 large loaf or 3 mini loaves     adjust servings

Whole wheat orange cranberry bread can be made as mini loaves or a large loaf!


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

For the glaze (optional)

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar using a stand mixer or hand mixer. (You can also just beat it really well with a fork.)
  3. Add the egg and mix well. Add the orange zest and juice and the vanilla and mix well.
  4. In a separate, large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir, by hand, just until combined.
  6. Fold in the chopped cranberries and walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into a well-greased 9x5 pan, smoothing the top with the back of your spoon or spatula so it's even. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Or use 3 mini pans (each 5.75x3) and bake for about 22-25 minutes.
  8. To make the glaze: Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add 2 teaspoons orange juice and stir to combine. Continue to add orange juice, a teaspoon at a time, until the glaze reaches a good drizzling consistency.
  9. Drizzle with glaze, if desired, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use a 9x5 bread pan or these mini bread pans.

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