Festive Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

In my world cranberry season just begs for more keto cranberry recipes, which is why today I am sharing my Keto Cranberry Orange Bread with you. To me, there is something quite special and festive about the combination of cranberries and orange. These bright and cheery flavors are meant to go together. Don’t you agree?

What’s especially nice about this low carb cranberry bread is that it bakes, slices, and toasts beautifully. Making it a great option for breakfast, snack or whenever you want a little treat.

It’s why I plan on baking a few loaves to share with the family for Christmas brunch. I think it will make a lovely gift to share during the holidays. And because this keto cranberry bread freezes well, it makes prepping for the holidays a delicious breeze.

If you’re a fan of keto quick breads make sure you also check out our recipe for keto blueberry lemon bread it was inspired after this cranberry bread. 

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread
Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

If your life is as full as mine, you’re going to welcome a recipe that saves you time. So take advantage of this easy recipe and bake and freeze a couple of weeks ahead. Then simply allow your keto cranberry bread to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before adding the orange glaze.

And just like that, you have a keto cranberry bread that can grace any table during the holidays.

In case you missed it, this keto quick bread is glazed with a tangy sweet orange glaze that takes the loaf over the top. So do yourself and your guests a favor and don’t skip this easy keto glaze because it truly makes the bread special.

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread
Keto Cranberry Bread Ready To Be Served

I intentionally didn’t make the cranberry bread too sweet because the glaze adds the perfect amount of sweetness. 

My recipe for keto cranberry orange bread is studded with whole fresh cranberries and gains its orange flavor from a combination of orange zest and extract.

You could, of course, use freshly squeezed orange juice instead of extract but it will raise the carbohydrate count. Personally, I would rather skip the o.j. and have another slice of keto bread. But that’s me of course. You do you.

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread Batter
Keto Cranberry Orange Bread Batter

How To Add Cranberries To Your Keto Loaf

When it comes to adding cranberries to your keto cranberry quick bread, you can use either fresh or frozen cranberries interchangeably with great results. I find that frozen cranberries do not even need to be defrosted beforehand.  And that they bake well without issue.

I know some recipes suggest chopping the cranberries before adding them to the batter, but I didn’t bother with that extra step in this recipe. Why? Well, because honestly, it saves time. Plus, the whole cranberries in the bread look just a tad more festive in my opinion.

My recipe for keto orange cranberry bread uses cream cheese in the batter which I feel helps balance the tart flavor of the cranberries. The other reason this girl used cream cheese is that I’m a big fan of keto cream cheese recipes since it’s an ingredient that works well in many low carb dishes.

Keto cranberry orange bread on a baking rack
Keto Cranberry Orange Bread Cooling

If you’re looking for another recipe that combines cranberries and orange, do check out our Keto Cranberry Orange Cookies. It’s one cookie recipe I try to share with my non-keto friends during the holidays since it’s a favorite with our family.

Perhaps, like me, you have a freezer full of cranberry bags you’ve hoarded. If that’s you, then I encourage you to give this keto cranberry bread a try.

Or if you’ve never even used cranberries in your baked goods then you should use this easy recipe to make your debut. But be warned you may need to make freezer space after you do, to stock up on cranberries. Just letting you know that hoarding cranberries is a real thing.

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How To Make Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

• Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep your 10-inch loaf pan by greasing it well. You may also want to add parchment paper that’s been greased to the bottom of your loaf to make it easy to unmold.

• Make your keto tangy orange glaze according to the recipe below then set aside.

• In a medium-sized bowl, combine the finely ground almond flour that has been measured and sifted with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.

• Next using an electric beater cream your room temperature cream cheese, butter, and sugar substitute in a large mixing bowl. Note that you can use any of your favorite sweeteners as long as you keep the proportions the same. I used Swerve as my sweetener of choice in this recipe.

• Once this is well blended add your eggs one at a time and beat until mixed, making sure to scrape the bowl a few times. Note that the mixture will not completely come together until you add the dry ingredients.

• To this wet batter add the flour mixture and beat until fully incorporated.

• Then fold in your whole fresh or frozen cranberries.

• Add the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 60-70 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

• Let the keto cranberry bread cool completely on a baking rack before adding the glaze to the top of the loaf.

Some Additional Tips When Baking Your Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

This recipe makes a thick and dense batter which makes it easy to later slice and toast like bread. Because every oven is a little different I encourage you to check if it’s done at the 60-minute mark.  At that point, if your bread is starting to brown but isn’t quite fully cooked, cover with foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

You want to store any leftovers in the fridge. This is the case with just about every low carb baked good because they tend to spoil faster since they are not loaded with a bunch of preservatives. Trust me, this is a good thing and a minor inconvenience.

If you’ve decided to freeze your keto cranberry bread loaf, I suggest you glaze the bread after you allow it to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. This way your glaze stays beautifully intact. 

I sure hope you will give this recipe a try during the holidays. Once you do, make sure you remember to tag us on Instagram and Facebook. It’s what keeps this girl encouraged to keep sharing and perfecting her recipes.

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It is my sincere prayer that during the holidays you spend time being refreshed with loved ones and that you remember the true meaning of the season.

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Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This recipe makes a keto cranberry orange bread. It's a low carb quick bread that features the flavors of fresh cranberries and orange zest and extract.


Keto Cranberry Orange Bread Batter

Keto Orange Glaze


Keto Cranberry Orange Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and line with parchment paper a 10-inch loaf pan or two 6 inch loaf pans. (note if using two smaller pans check for doneness at 35-minute mark)
  3. In a medium-sized bowl measure then sift the almond flour. To the sifted flour add the baking powder, sea salt, and stir. Set this aside.
  4. In a large bowl using an electric hand-held mixer or stand-up mixer blend the butter, cream cheese, orange extract, orange zest, and sugar-substitute until the mixture is light fluffy.
  5. Next add the eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape the bowl several times.
  6. To the wet batter add the dry ingredients and combine until well-incorporated.
  7. Fold in the cranberries in the bread batter.
  8. Spread the batter into the greased loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before taking it out of the pan. Then let the pan cool on a baking rack for another 30 minutes before adding the icing or freezing.

Keto Cranberry Orange Bread Slices

Keto Orange Icing

  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk the confectioners sugar substitute, lemon juice, orange zest, orange extract and heavy cream. Stir until fully combined.
  2. Spread/drizzle the icing over the cooled keto cranberry bread.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 337Total Fat: 30.6gSaturated Fat: 11.4gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 6.9gFiber: 3.2gSugar: 1.9gProtein: 10.3g

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  8. Susan Andrews

    So good! Round 2 is in the oven! Thanks for sharing!


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  13. Can you make the glaze ahead of time and freeze the glaze separately in a Ziploc?

    • Hi Sarah, I have not tried freezing the glaze separately so I can’t tell you for certain. But the icing takes only a few minutes to make so it may be worth waiting rather risking it.

  14. I made this yesterday and while the outside was very dark at 60 min the inside was mushy. I tried to put it back in the ovdn for 19 min but it made no difference. Kind of sad, yours looked so nice

  15. I made this yesterday for Thanksgiving today. My pan was a bit small, so I baked up the rest of the batter into a smaller pan and we enjoyed it yesterday. This is so good! My husband commented that he was sad it wasn’t keto and we couldn’t have it again. He was so happy when I told him it was keto and we could have it! I think it will fool others too. Thank you!

  16. Hi again. I baked it in a silicone loaf pan inside a regular loaf pan. Could that be why it got so dark on the outside but uncooked on the inside?

    • Hi Lynda, This could explain why it did not bake correctly. Using two pans could have certainly contributed to this. I encourage you to use a regular pan and line with parchment paper.

  17. Your directions do not say when to add in the orange zest or extract? I am assuming they go in after the eggs?

  18. I made this yesterday and it was amazing. I had to tweak it because I didn’t have 8 eggs. I had 5 eggs, so I added 2 teaspoons of vital protein’s beef gelatin which I gloomed on the tiniest bit of orange juice from 1/3 of the orange i zested. Then I added 2 tablespoons coconut flour. Baked for a total of 1 hr and 15 mins, w the timer to go off at 50 mins so I could cover with foil.
    For anyone who doesn’t understand how to test for doneness, or if you use the toothpick method and it comes out clean but is still not done inside, use an instant read thermometer! I Pull Hilda’s pumpkin bread out at 160 because I like it a little underdone and it sets up as it cools- I slice it after 15 mins out of the oven and lay the slices on the rack to cool. Then I wrap and refrigerate and they are so good after they have been refrigerated. For the cran orange bread, I took it to 185 and then I had to leave, so I wrapped it back in foil on top of the stove to continue “baking” in its own heat and when I got back it was perfection. Lovely orange favor, tart cranberries (I used frozen) and a dense, moist crumb which is exactly what I wanted. My in-laws brought super-carby cran orange Bundt cake to Christmas and I had a piece but that long list of unpronounceable ingredients freaked me out. The texture is what I was craving and once again, Hilda delivered! Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

  19. Ps everyone should own an oven thermometer as well. My oven, which is very a new, digital Samsung, when it says 350, the thermometer I keep inside is only at 335. So now I know to always set the oven 15 degrees higher than the recipe states.

  20. Leslie Totten

    Hi. Can you make muffin with this recipe and what’s time you would used.

    • Hi Leslie, although I have not tested the recipe in muffin tins I am confident it would work. My guess is to bake them between 18-20 minutes and should make about 16 standard muffins. Hope this helps.

  21. Used 1/2 batter for muffins & 1/2 for smaller loaf. Muffins came out perfect. Loaf came out perfect. Used 2 Tbs tangerine pulp left over from juicing & dried cranberries. Added sliced almonds & touch of vanilla. Baked at 350 about 10 minutes longer than recipe required. Will make again & often.

  22. Is there instructions to make this in a bread machine please?

    • Hi Caroline, I’ve never used a bread machine so I couldn’t tell you. However, from other readers I can tell you that it’s been done with success. Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell you the details you need.


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