Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

Nothing says holidays like this amazing gluten-free Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread! One of our absolute favorites, this family recipe gets ooo's and ahh's from everyone. It has an amazing texture - moist, soft & fluffy, and the best flavor --Not too sweet or tart and a hint of orange.

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Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

Easy recipe, perfect texture and beyond yummy!

New! I’ve added a cooking video to this page so you can see how easy it is to make our favorite holiday Cranberry Bread!

Fall 2020: We’re breaking out the gluten-free Cranberry Bread early this year!

My husband and I loooove this gluten-free Cranberry Orange Quick Bread and we found cranberries in store, so why not? It’s 2020, anything goes!

So we’re going to make this as often as possible between now and the end of the year!

Hope you love it as much we do!

Original post…

I know we shouldn’t play favorites, but THIS is my all time favorite holiday food tradition… and being from a large Italian family, there are lots of traditions!

In our family, cranberry bread makes its first appearance around Thanksgiving, is enjoyed all December and is a Christmas morning favorite.

Not too sweet or tart and with a hint of orange, this cranberry bread is just so YUMMY!

Plus is has a perfect moist, soft and fluffy texture.

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Like I said, I really look forward to this cranberry bread, so it was important to me that it tastes great gluten-free.

This family recipe works so well with gluten-free flour, I really can’t taste the difference

A quick note on gluten-free baking…

Holiday baking has always been a huge tradition in our family.

So when my son was diagnosed with celiac disease in Spring 2010, I panicked because I didn’t want him missing out.

I soon discovered GF Jules All Purpose Flour  (Affiliate link) which allowed us to make all of our favorites Gluten-Free and no one knew a difference!

We’ve been baking with GF Jules flour ever since.

One of the reasons I love GF Jules flour is not only that it works so well but I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Jules personally and I lover her passion for sharing her flour, always improving it and for advocating for the celiac community. So I feel really good about supporting her and her brand!

Back to the cranberry bread..

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It is a longtime family recipe that’s super easy and made with just 11 ingredients.

You’ll need:

gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GF Jules – affiliate link)


baking powder

baking soda


butter or dairy-free butter

orange juice

orange zest

1 egg

chopped walnuts (skip if nut-free)

and of course, cranberries!

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As an aside, you may have noticed that we are affiliate for GFJules.  To learn more about why we love GFJules flour and why we have used it for 10 years, click here.  Bonus: at the bottom of that post is a one-time use affiliate Discount Code.

And importantly, purchasing through an affiliate link does not change your cost at all. It generates a small percentage of the sale for me, and purchasing through an affiliate link helps me fund this website and all the recipes I share, so thank you!

Back to the gluten-free Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

It comes together quickly!

All you do it mix together the dry ingredients, then cut in the butter.

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Then mix together the wet ingredients and pour them on top of the dry ingredients and combine.

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The batter will be thick but smooth.


Add in the cranberries and walnuts and spoon into prepared baking pan and bake!

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It bakes for a solid hour and your house will smell amazing!

Want a slice?

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.


5.0 from 2 reviews
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This Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread is a family favorite! It's moist, not too sweet or tart, has a slight orange flavor and is just SO YUMMY! It's a long time family recipe that adapts beautifully to gluten-free flour. Makes 1 10" loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans.
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks, Holidays, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free Optional
Serves: 1 large bread or 4 mini breads
  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (we used GFJules - affiliate link)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter or dairy free alternative, softened
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind (zest)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped or whole (Either way works great!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare 1 10 inch loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans by greasing them and lightly dusting with flour OR lining the with parchment paper.
  3. Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with a pastry cutter or fork.
  4. Cut in butter using the pastry cutter until the mixture resembles a coarse cornmeal.
  5. Separately combine the orange juice, orange rind and the beaten egg in small bowl or large liquid measuring cup.
  6. Pour liquid mixture all at once into the dry ingredients and mix just enough to dampen.
  7. Carefully fold in the nuts and cranberries.
  8. Spoon into prepared 10" loaf pan or evenly into 4 mini loaf pans.
  9. Spread the corners and sides slightly higher.
  10. Bake for 55-60 mins, checking at 45 mins and covering gently with foil if top golden enough for you.
  11. A butter knife (or wooden skewer or cake tester) should come out of the center cleanly.
  12. Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on metal rack.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. Freezes well.


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7 thoughts on “Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

  1. Hi everyone! Due to a technical glitch, all the previous comments and ratings have disappeared from this page. If you were one of the many who left such nice comments, please feel free to do so again! Happy you are all loving this recipe! Thanks for making and sharing!

  2. This recipe reminds me so much of a recipe that my great aunt used to bake. It was delicious with our Thanksgiving dinner and the leftovers were enjoyed the next day with coffee. Looking forward to baking some loaves to give to neighbors during the holidays.

  3. This bread was delicious! So moist and flavorful without being overly sweet. Our family finished it in a matter of hours (oops)! So quick, easy and yum. Thank you Karen!

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