Cranberry Orange Bread is full of sweet orange flavor, tart cranberries and drizzled with the most incredible orange glaze! Perfect for a holiday breakfast or dessert.

sliced orange cranberry bread with glaze

Orange + cranberry is one of the best flavor combinations, sort of like peanut butter and chocolate. This bread is sweet with plenty of orange flavor, but also has a bit of tang from fresh cranberries. The result is a completely addicting quick bread that everyone will love!

If you love this combination, you could easily turn these scones into orange cranberry by swapping the blueberries for cranberries and adding some orange zest. Top with the orange glaze from this recipe and you’ll be in heaven!

Fresh or frozen cranberries

The good news here is that you can freeze cranberries when they are in season, and make orange cranberry bread any time of the year!

Fresh or frozen are fine to use. If using frozen cranberries, simply toss them in a tablespoon of flour, and then very gently fold them into the batter right before baking. This will help them not discolor the bread as much. You can use this same technique for blueberry muffins!

How to make orange cranberry bread

This is simply an overview with photos, see the recipe card below for the complete, printable recipe.

First, make your flax “eggs” in a small bowl by combining ground flaxseeds and water, then set aside for a few minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, soy milk (or other plant milk), orange zest, orange juice, oil, flax eggs and vanilla until well combined. Now add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) and stir until just combined.

Fold in the cranberries, tossing first in a little flour if frozen.

batter in a bowl with cranberries on top

Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan, and bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

uncooked loaf of bread in a pan

Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Whisk or stir all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl (powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla) until smooth. Once the loaf has cooled, drizzle or spread it over the top, serve and enjoy!

Helpful tools

  • Zester – This is an essential kitchen tool I use regularly for zesting oranges, lemons and limes, as well as grating vegan cheese.
  • Citrus juicer – I love this citrus juicer, it makes squeezing citrus a breeze.
  • Standard loaf pan – Use a standard size loaf pan; I used 9 x 5 inches. I use this size in all my quick breads as well as vegan meatloaf recipes.

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Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread is full of sweet orange flavor, tart cranberries and drizzled with the most incredible orange glaze! Perfect for a holiday breakfast or dessert.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy milk*
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • zest of 1/2 orange, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a standard loaf pan (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches or 9 x 5 inches). You can also line the pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed and water. Set aside to thicken for 3-4 minutes. These are your flax "eggs".
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, soy milk, orange zest, orange juice, oil, flax eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  • To the bowl with the wet ingredients, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until just combined, being careful not to over mix or your bread may be dense or rubbery.
  • If the cranberries were frozen, toss them with a tablespoon of flour; this will help them not make the entire loaf red or pink. Gently fold the cranberries in the batter.
  • Pour into the prepared pan, place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the bread cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make the glaze: In a small-medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, orange juice, zest and vanilla, and stir with a spoon until smooth. You can use a whisk if you powdered sugar is clumpy.
  • Once the bread has cooled completely, spread or drizzle the glaze over the top. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Milk - You may use another milk, such as cashew, almond, coconut, oat or hemp milk.
  2. Oil - I used canola oil, but you can use another vegetable oil such as avocado, melted coconut oil or even melted vegan butter. I haven't tried it oil free, but applesauce may work in place of oil.
  3. Gluten free - I haven't tested it, but a gluten free mix would likely work here. Don't sub with almond or coconut flour, it will not work.
  4. Storing - Cover leftovers and keep at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Or freeze for longer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 10 servings | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. Hi Nora,
    I recently came into an ABUNDANCE of cranberries and subsequently dried them myself. I love cranberry and orange baked things so I’m super excited to try this recipe! A few questions:
    Have you made this with dried cranberries?
    Do you think they would dry out too much with the bake time?
    Is the recipe dependent on the hydration from fresh berries?

    1. I also love cranberry and orange baked goods! You can use dried cranberries instead of fresh if you’d like, it’s perfectly yummy! Enjoy!

  2. Nora, your recipes are truly the best! I made this for Thanksgiving and it was absolutely perfect. The only change I made was that I reduced the cranberries to 1.5 cups, as my mother can be sensitive to bitter foods. Thank you for an excellent recipe!

    1. You are welcome, Sally. It’s great to know that you and your family loved the bread! I appreciate your positive review and wonderful feedback!

  3. Love every recipe I’ve ever tried of yours and excited to try this one. Wondering if you have any specific tips on freezing this in loaf or muffin form and serving later?

    1. Thank you! I hope you love this one, too. 🙂 To freeze, I let it cool all the way, then wrap it well and place in some sort of freezer safe bag or container. Then thaw and serve when ready.

  4. Hi Nora,

    I made this in a glass loaf pan. It needed extra time to bake and even still when I sliced it, it was gummy inside. Not inedible and didn’t seem raw but definitely not cakey, just around the edges where it did get a nice crust. Any idea what could have caused this? My only possible thought was maybe I over stirred the dough.

    Still a tasty recipe, just wish I could get better texture next time.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1. It sounds like it just didn’t cook through all the way. I’m not sure why it was taking longer, but ovens can vary and using a glass pan is a bit different than metal. Next time, be careful not to over mix the dough (that will make the loaf rubbery and not cakey) and check with a toothpick in the middle of the loaf. When it comes out clean with no wet batter, you know it’s done.

  5. I made this with a high-end, excellent gluten-free flour (Caputo 1924 Fioreglut). We have two vegans and one gluten allergy in our family, so family get-togethers are challenging, especially Thanksgiving. Everyone LOVED this bread, and it disappeared rapidly. The only down side I would say is that with both the flax “eggs” and the GF flour mix, it was very crumbly, so hard to slice. Did not affect the taste, and as I said it disappeared instantly. I will definitely make it again!

  6. Hi Nora,
    This is another perfect summer dessert! I made it many times with frozen cranberries and many times with dried cranberries. We could not agree on which version was better, so now I use a mix of frozen and dried cranberries 🙂

  7. I made this last night. It was delicious. I did not have any granulated sugar so I used raw sugar. I did not make the glaze. I did not need it.

  8. This was fantastic. Thank you. I made half the glaze, which was perfect for my taste (slightly thinned too). I really commend you for the crumb and especially the “crust,” which I really love in a bread/cake like this and vegan recipes almost never achieve, whatever their other merits.

    1. Hi Bill. You are welcome! I appreciate your uplifting words! I’m really glad you loved the bread! Thanks for your terrific feedback and review! Happy cooking!

  9. your blueberry lemon version is one of my favourite recipes so i had to try this one too. i love it! super wintery/christmassy flavours and so easy to make 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you tried this one! I love it as well! Thank you for your terrific feedback and review! Happy cooking to you!

    2. LOVE this recipe. I made the loaf last year and have been thinking of it since. This time made mini Muffins and baked 350 for 25 mins. They’re perfect! Husband’s mini muffin addiction has been fulfilled!

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