This Gluten-Free Vegan Cranberry Orange Bread recipe is my submission for this month’s Recipe ReDux theme which is:
“Creative Quick Breads: The holiday baking season is upon us. And this month we’re going way beyond grandma’s banana bread. From sweet to savory and whole-grain to gluten-free, show us your new quick bread creation fresh from the oven. And if you have a tip for wrapping and giving your lovely loaf, please share that too!”
I rarely make gluten-free desserts with anything other than almond flour (and occasionally coconut flour, cashew flour or oat flour) because I don’t like mixing all the various gluten-free flours and gums and other ingredients.
So when I do make something using a flour other than those listed above, I will usually use Bob’s All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour.
I find it a little tricky though, because it contains garbanzo bean flour which has a very strong flavor which I don’t think does well in sweet recipes.
The last few times I’ve made something, I used Bob’s 1-to-1 Baking Flour which has all the various gluten-free flours and gums already mixed together. I don’t use it that often, so using it works best for me.
However, if you make a lot of desserts using gluten-free flour, you would probably do better making your own blend from scratch.
For this recipe, I basically cleaned up the traditional cranberry orange recipe by swapping regular white all-purpose flour with the Bob’s 1-to-1 Baking Flour, replacing eggs with flax eggs, replacing refined white sugar with organic unrefined sugar, orange peel/orange juice with pure Wild Orange Essential Oil, and butter with coconut oil.
Make sure you use organic cranberries, because non-traditional cranberries can contain up to 13 different pesticides.
Most bread recipes have unhealthy ingredients like this popular store-bought boxed version:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Betty Crocker Cranberry Orange Quick Bread Mix
Ingredients: Flour Enriched Bleached (Wheat Flour, Barley Malted Flour, Niacin Vitamin B3, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Folic Acid Vitamin B9), Sugar, Soybeans Oil Partially Hydrogenated, and/or, Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Corn Starch Modified, Corn Syrup Dried, Cranberries, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate ), Oranges Peel, Wheat Starch, Salt, Citric Acid, Flavors Natural & Artificial, Dextrin, Corn Starch, Cellulose Gum, Monoglyceride, Datem, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Caseinate, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Color Added), Eggs, Soy Flour (source)
It’s full of GMO ingredients (soybeans oil partially hydrogenated, corn starch modified, corn syrup dried, corn starch, soy flour), GMO dairy (eggs), artificial flavors and food coloring.
And the homemade versions aren’t much better with typical ingredients like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Ingredients:
Typical Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose white flour, 1 egg, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup white granulated sugar, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup canola oil or 1/4 cup margarine
Again, white flour, white sugar, milk and eggs.
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and contains no refined sugar.
5 Fast Facts About Cranberries:*
- 1/2 cup contains 10% vitamin C
- 1 cup contains 18% DV of manganese
- 1 cup contains 18% DV of fiber
- provides anti-inflammatory benefits
- ORAC score of 9584 per 100 g
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Flax Seeds:*
- high in omega-3 essential fatty acids
- contains soluble and insoluble fiber
- super high in lignans
- provides anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides cardiovascular benefits
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Milk):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Wild Orange Essential Oil:*
- powerful cleaner and purifying agent
- protects against seasonal threats
- immune-enhancing benefits
- energizing and revitalizing to the mind and body
- can be used aromatically, topically and internally
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
What to Expect: Because this is a gluten-free AND vegan bread, it will not be exactly like a traditional bread recipe, especially one that calls for eggs. It is somewhat dense (not light and fluffy), holds together well and, for me, is a good substitute for the traditional version. I hope you will enjoy it as well!