Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe + Video - I Heart Eating (2024)

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Classic Cranberry Nut Bread recipe! This quick and easy cranberry bread recipe makes a loaf of moist and tasty quick bread.

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Is it too soon to break out the cranberries? I love cranberries, so it’s never too soon for me.

And this Cranberry Nut Bread recipe is one of my favorite things to make during the holidays. I look forward to the fresh cranberries hitting the stores each fall, so when I saw some the other day, I knew it was time to make this bread.

I adapted this recipe from the one on the back of the Ocean Spray bag.

It’s just such a classic recipe. I made a few modifications but still wanted to keep the overall taste of the bread the same. Even if you think that you’re not a cranberry person, give this recipe a try!

How to make cranberry nut bread

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Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk the orange juice and oil together until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk together.

Step 2: Whisk in orange zest if using.

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Step 3: Add dry ingredients and whisk just until combined.

Tip >> Don’t overmix or the bread with be heavy or tough.

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Step 4: Whisk in the cranberries and part of the pecans.

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Step 5: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining pecans over the batter.

Tip >> The pecans should be chopped finely. Otherwise, they can weigh down the top of the bread and prevent it from rising properly.

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Step 6: Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  • Orange juice: I recommend using freshly-squeezed orange juice. However, in a pinch, I’ve used orange juice from a carton. If you do this, just be sure to use 100% orange juice (and not orange drink).
  • Nuts: You can omit the nut if need be.
  • Flour: You can use just all-purpose flour or a mix of all-purpose and whole-wheat flours.
  • Baking: If the bread is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
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How to serve cranberry nut bread

This bread can be served as-is. It can also be served topped with butter or cream cheese spread on top.

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Store any leftover cranberry nut bread in an airtight container at room temperature. The bread will keep for about 3-4 days when properly stored.

The bread can also be frozen. To freeze, bake as directed and let the bread cool to room temperature. Wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

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5 from 13 votes

Cranberry Nut Bread

Author Kate @ I Heart Eating

Course bread

Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes minutes

Total Time 55 minutes minutes


  • 9×5 loaf pan


  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice1
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest optional
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour2
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries washed and dried
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans divided


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together orange juice and vegetable oil.

  • Add egg and vanilla; whisk until well-combined.

  • Whisk in orange zest, if using.

  • Add whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk until just combined.

  • Gently whisk in cranberries and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans.

  • Bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown. Also, a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack until bread reaches room temperature.



  1. I’ve used store bought orange juice in a pinch. Just use 100% juice.
  2. Or 1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  3. Bread is delicious as-is but is also fantastic spread with a little butter or cream cheese.
  4. Nutrition values are estimates.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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Originally published 10/30/13. Updated with new photos and tips 11/2/19.

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  1. Todd Rowe says

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    Really great recipe. I added the orange zest, which deepened the flavor. I’ll make it again!


    • Kate says

      Thank you!


  2. Elise M Barthalow says

    Can I substitute frozen thawed cranberries?


    • Kate says

      I haven’t tried using thawed cranberries, but I would guess so! I buy a couple extra bags of cranberries each year, and I use the berries frozen without any issues.


  3. Roy says

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    I am defineately going to try this recipe , i love different bread recipes..i will let you all know when i make this. Keep all these recipes coming…thanks everyone so much. Happy Holidays. xo


  4. Patty says

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    No issues with cooking time here. Recipe was spot on and the bread was delicious. Thanks!


    • Kate says

      Good! I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for commenting!


  5. Donna says

    Hi!! I Live in Belize but I love your recipes!!
    Problem is no cranberries..can I use dried cherries that have been reconstituted?? Have to take AlOT os substitution s down here.thx donna


    • Kate says

      Hi! Thank you so much! You can use dried cherries in place of the cranberries, though you may want to use less. Hope that helps!


  6. Stephanie says

    This recipe didn’t work out for me. :-( I cooked it for 55 minutes and allowed it to cool and it completely sunk in the middle, indicating it was undercooked. I put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes, and when I cut it there was still raw batter. I ended up putting the gooey slices on a baking sheet and baking them like toast. Taste wise I felt like the cranberries were just way too tart. The bread itself tastes fine but the cranberry bites are just too much. I’m not sure if increasing the sugar in the bread would really help it, since it’s the cranberries that are desperately needing the sugar. I hope everyone else has better luck than I did.


    • Kate says

      Hi! Sorry to hear that it didn’t work for you, but I can offer some tips that will help for next time.
      First, it’s important to follow the directions where it says that a toothpick should come out clean. It can be difficult to judge when bread is finished baking just by looking at it. The baking time is stated as “about” because oven temps and times can vary so widely. The sinking and gooey center could have been avoided because there would have been gooey batter on the toothpick, and you would have known that the bread needed to bake longer.
      Second, feel free to cut back on the amount of cranberries if you find that cranberries are too tart for you. You can also add more sugar if you like things really sweet, but you may find that you need to make other changes to the recipe at that point. Hope this helps for next time! =)


      • Stephanie says

        Thanks for the tips. I did the toothpick test and it came out fine in multiple places except when spearing cranberries. The gooey part was deeper than my toothpick I guess.


        • Kate says

          How strange! I guess I do push my toothpick in as far as it will go without losing it. I hope that using fewer cranberries next time will help! =)

  7. Geetha says

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    Hi Kate,
    Would love to try this recipe, but can you tell me if I can use dried cranberries instead? Will it work or any other substitutions would be needed! I live in a tropical country where fresh cranberries are not that easily available, having lived in the US for over a decade or so I do crave these very often.


    • Kate says

      Hi! I think that dried cranberries would work in the bread. I just would decrease the sugar in the loaf a little because the dried cranberries are already sweetened. Good luck!


  8. Jocelyn says

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    I have been looking for a nice, basic cranberry bread recipe, and this is it! I added 1 1/2 tsp of the optional orange peel, and it was perfect. Thanks so much for a delicious recipe.


    • Kate says

      I’m so glad that you liked the bread!! For years, I was iffy about cranberry and orange together, but then I had some cranberry orange relish a few years ago. Now, I love it! =)


  9. Melanie (The Inspiration Network) says

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    Looks wonderful! thanks for this holiday recipe…pinned!


    • Kate says

      Thanks!! =)


  10. Heather @ French Press says

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    I love cranberries, and they make everything look so pretty – especially this loaf


    • Kate says

      Me too! They’re just so perfectly tart. Thanks!! That’s so nice! =)


  11. Liz says

    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great week.


    • Kate says

      Thank you for checking it out! =)


  12. Elisabeth says

    Actually, I think now is the PERFECT time to start pulling out the cranberries. I was just starting to think about what type of baked goods I wanted to make this month, so this is perfect! I made sure to pin it!


    • Kate says

      Thanks!! =)


  13. Gloria // Simply Gloria says

    No, never too soon for cranberries! Loving this bread…. SO pinning this!


  14. Megan - The Emotional Baker says

    This bread is stunning! I love cranberries and can’t wait to try this.


    • Kate says

      Thanks so much!! I hope you enjoy it! =)


  15. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says

    I love cranberries! This bread looks delicious!


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