I made this bread around the holidays but decided to put in now because cranberries are so accessible and such a great source of vitamins and minerals, why wait until the holidays to enjoy them?
This bread is simply deliciously sweet enough without having to add excess sugar that all of are wanting to limit.
Feel free to use frozen cranberries here and they offer just as much benefit as the fresh ones do.
Loaded full of vitamins, particularly vitamin c and beta carotene but also offers a good source of fiber and antioxidants.
The dark chocolate is optional but is a delicious additive and really takes this bread to a new level but feel free to leave it out if desired.Print
Why wait to enjoy cranberries only during the holidays? This bread is not only delicious, but is healthy and so nutritious. This bread has just the right amount of sweetness without being ladened with so much sugar that most of us are trying to cut down.
1 cup whole wheat flour (organic here is best)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup non dairy milk
1 orange (zest plus juice)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon all spice
1/4 cup cranberries
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips for top ( optional )
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with non stick spray ( or line with parchment paper)
Combine in a large bowl: the milk, vanilla, applesauce, olive oil, orange juice plus zest, coconut sugar and brown sugar.
Add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, all spice, salt at once. Add cranberries.
Gently incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until all are incorporated, being careful not to overmix.
Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.
Spread mixture evenly and top with chocolate chips, pressing down slightly.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out mostly clean. Bread will be less moist as it sets up so careful not to overbake. Let cool completely before slicing.
* Breads with lower fat and sugar content will rise less than their caloricy counterparts, but still taste delicious.
* This bread slices easier if allowed to completely cool before digging in.