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
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 the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
What to Expect in a Gluten-Free Vegan Cranberry Orange Bread:
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!