A delicious keto gluten-free orange cranberry bread recipe with fresh berries. The loaf is made with a combination sweeteners and low-carb flours for an easy to make treat.
When cooking, I like to keep things simple and natural. That's why everything natural sweeteners.
Since the cranberries have been in the market, I reworked my gluten-free orange cranberry bread recipe. The original recipe used too many berries and the texture wasn't quite right.
Most of the ingredients in this sweet quick bread are items you may already have on hand.
Almond and coconut flour are the low-carb flours used. When using them, it's best to add in some xanthan gum. You can also use a keto wheat flour if you aren't gluten-free. Because of the wheat flour properties, there's no need for xanthan gum or extra eggs as noted in the recipe.
Cranberries are essential to the recipe or it wouldn't be a cranberry bread. Either fresh or frozen berries can be used.
Brown sweetener is preferred. However, you can use a regular white sugar substitute instead. I do recommend adding in a small amount of blackstrap molasses if not using the brown sugar substitute. I also add in a concentrated sweetener so the amount of erythritol is lessened.
Butter is the fat used, but coconut oil is a great alternative if you're dairy-free. You can also use a butter flavored coconut oil or ghee. A natural oil like avocado should work as well.
Almond milk is the liquid that provides moistness to the bread. You can substitute with coconut milk for nut-free.
Seasonings and spices include salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel. Orange extract can also be added or used in place of the peel.
You'll find the full printable recipe at the end of this post, but I'll give a quick overview of how easy it is to make the bread here.
- Blend the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Combine the wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Fold in the cranberries.
- Spread batter into a loaf pan. For easy release, grease the pan well or line with parchment paper.
- Bake until bread tests done. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean.
- The orange flavor can be increased by using a keto-friendly orange drink in place of the almond milk. I've had good results using a flavored water and vitamin water. Keep in mind that these do add sweetness so the added sweetener can be reduced. You can also make your own orange water with a flavored extract.
- Add a glaze for extra sweetness. I prefer my gluten-free orange cranberry bread more on the savory side. But if you want it to be a sweet treat, top it with a simple glaze. Just mix powdered sweetener with a little almond milk or orange drink. You can even sprinkle in some orange peel or stir in some orange extract.
- Use more cranberries. The inspiration for the recipe came from quick bread in a Martha Stewart magazine. However, that recipe used double the amount of berries which seems to be a bit too much. But feel free to add more cranberries if you prefer.
These are the most asked questions about the recipe.
How should gluten-free cranberry bread be stored?
Because there isn't any sugar or preservatives in the bread, it's best to keep it stored in the refrigerator. It can be left at room temperature for a day or two or up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Can keto cranberry bread be frozen?
For longer storage, the bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap and then enclosed in aluminum foil or a freezer bag. The frozen bread will keep for up to six months.
Can the bread be made less sweet?
Sweetness can be adjusted to taste. It’s best to add at least a half cup of sugar equivalent.
What else can be added into the batter?
Keto-friendly nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans can be mixed into the batter. You can also use a blend of low-carb berries instead of just cranberries or in place of them.
Can heavy cream be used in place of almond milk?
A blend of half water and half cream can be used in an equal amount in place of the almond milk. Cream by itself it too thick and rich to be substituted as is.
If you love keto sweet bread, you may want to check out some of my other recipes. You'll find a great sampling of these below!
- Key Lime Bread is a moist and flavorful bread that adds in delicious coconut flavor.
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread can be enjoyed as an easy to make breakfast treat or snack
- Keto Banana Bread has all the delicious flavor you'd expect without the need for an extract.
- Zucchini Bread with Almond Flour is another moist low-carb bread with a hint of cinnamon.
- Pumpkin Bread with Coconut Flour has all the warm spices of fall combined with pumpkin.
Keto Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Bread
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup Swerve brown sugar substitute see Note
- ¼ cup low-carb sweetener see Note
- 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted (or coconut oil)
- 6 large eggs at room temperature
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- 6 ounces cranberries fresh or frozen
- Preheat oven to 325°F; grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sweeteners, orange peel, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, and almond milk.
- Mix dry mixture into wet mixture until well combined.
- Fold in cranberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Transfer pan to a wire rack; let bread cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.
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Notes on Nutritional Information
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