Last week a friend of ours gave us a big bag of fresh wild cranberries that he picked on a local foraging adventure – how cool is that! I immediately thought of making cranberry bread which comes out so tasty with fresh cranberries.
Not only are cranberries delicious but they are also packed with health benefits. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by free radicals. If you can get them fresh they will have the most amount of nutrients and health benefits but frozen is an alternative if you can’t get fresh. Some research has shown that cranberries may also help to fight stomach cancer and ulcers, increase levels of HDL, (good cholesterol) and reduce levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and prevent tumors. Drinking cranberry juice is also a popular remedy for blocking urinary infections.
A low grain or grain-free diet has been working well for me so I wanted to make a grain-free version of this bread. After looking through my recipes files I came up with this recipe and we really enjoyed it…
Cranberry Orange Bread
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 8 drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the wet ingredients and add the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the fresh cranberries. Pour batter into loaf pan greased with coconut oil. Bake for 1 hour or until loaf is set and a toothpick comes out clean.