Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread

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This whole wheat cranberry bread will have your whole house smelling like Christmas.  With freshly ground whole wheat flour, this cranberry bread recipe has a slightly denser texture and is a healthy quick bread recipe your whole family will love.  

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Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Bread is Perfect for Holiday Baking!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the food. Summer is all about tastes that are light and fruity but fall brings out more savory dishes. Pumpkins, cranberries, apples…yum! I missed them so much!

Today I baked some homemade cranberry bread to donate to the PTA…they are providing baked goods to ALL of the teachers in the school! Since I was baking one loaf I decided to double the recipe and bake myself one, too! This is perfect for an after school snack when your kids want something sweet but YOU want something healthy!

Homemade Festive Cranberry Bread with Fresh Berries

How do you freeze quick breads?

Cranberry Bread  freezes really well so if you make extra just wrap it well and stick one loaf in the freezer.  What is the best way to freeze quick breads? Just wrap securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in ziploc freezer bags. You can pull it out for company at Christmas!

Like this whole wheat cranberry bread?  Try these cranberry recipes, too!

cranberry bread with whole wheat flour

Using whole wheat flour in quick breads

I substituted half of the white flour in this cranberry bread with whole wheat flour that I had ground fresh in my Wondermill. You can do this in a lot of recipes and freshly ground whole wheat flour smells amazingly nutty!

How does whole wheat flour affect baking? Whole wheat flour is coarser in texture than white flour. Letting the batter rest for a few minutes before baking gives the liquid a chance to soften up the flour a bit. 

whole wheat cranberry bread

Making Homemade Cranberry Bread

You can make just about any quick bread recipe you have a little healthier with a few simple changes. Swapping out some of the white flour with whole wheat is an easy one. (Don’t replace ALL…I find less than half usually still comes out good)

You can also replace half of the oil with apple sauce or throw in some wheat germ or ground flax seeds. Tons of quick and easy ways to make your baked goods healthier, not just cranberry bread! I made a few modifications to a recipe I found on Live Better America and it turned out really well.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread

This whole wheat cranberry nut bread is a classic cranberry bread recipe made healthier with whole wheat flour.  
 

Yield: 8 to 10

Whole Wheat Cranberry Nut Bread

Whole Wheat Cranberry Nut Bread

Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread Recipe with Fresh Cranberries

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 (8x4-inch) loaf pans with shortening or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking soda until well blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir milk, maple syrup, oil, vanilla and eggs together until well blended.
  4. Mix liquid ingredients into flour mixture until well blended.
  5. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Spoon batter evenly into pans.
  6. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 496 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 457mg Carbohydrates: 82g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 45g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g
Nutrition information not always accurate

 

Comments

  1. This recipe rocks!
  2. That looks so good. Cranberry bread is one of my favorites.
  3. That looks fantastic
  4. This looks super good...I'm having Thanksgiving at Grandma's this year, and I'm not much of a cook. I'll let her know about this one.
  5. You are making me hungry again..This looks really good.
  6. Mmm, this would be a great hostess gift!
  7. Perfect bread for the holiday season. I recently discovered whole wheat pastry flour. Love it, that's all I use now.

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