Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Bread

Recipe posted in: Breakfasts, Flex Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Sides, Snacks, Desserts
orange cranberry bread

Are you bored? Stressed? Hungry? Grab your spatula and get baking! Spending some extra time in the kitchen cooking up nutritious recipes is a great hobby for your healthy lifestyle. You’ll create a stockpile of diet-friendly meals, snacks and desserts and are sure to learn something new while you’re at it. Baking is also therapeutic, says Smithsonian Magazine. They explain, “people who frequently take a turn at small, creative projects report feeling more relaxed and happier in their everyday lives.” Get started on your baking adventures with this Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Bread!

From breakfast to tea time, this sweet and skinny loaf is a great treat to satisfy your dessert cravings. The ingredients are reminiscent of holiday fare. However, the flavors are bright enough to enjoy during the warm summer months. For a seasonal twist, feel free to swap the cranberries with another dried fruit. These days, you can find everything from dried blueberries, strawberries or mango at your average grocery store.

To make this sweet, soft-baked bread, get started by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Grease up a loaf pan and set it aside. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in eggs, applesauce, vanilla extract, butter, orange zest and orange juice. Fold in dried cranberries, then pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake your bread for about 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Once it’s finished, allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

One slice of this Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Bread contains 137 calories. The cranberries and whole wheat flour add fiber, making this recipe count as one SmartCarb and one Extra on your Nutrisystem plan. Pair your slice with a PowerFuel, such as low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt. This would make a great sweet breakfast paired with a cup of coffee or hot tea. If you need to brush up on your PowerFuels and SmartCarbs, take a peek at our Grocery Guide for more examples.

According to Medical News Today, cranberries are high in antioxidants like vitamin C. Research also shows that they may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). “A 2019 systematic review found that supplementing cranberries in the diet can help a person manage several risk factors for CVD,” says Medical News Today. So, cook up some more cranberries! The recipes below are filled with the sweet yet tart taste that you love.

Craving more cranberries but without the cooking? Nutrisystem is here to help! We make a frozen Cranberry Orange Muffin and shelf-stable Oatmeal Cranberry Bites that provide all of the flavor and fiber you’re looking for. Start the day off right with a bright, beautiful baked good that fits into your weight loss plan.

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Servings: 12

Calories per Serving: 137

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra


  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup light butter, melted
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. Stir in eggs, applesauce, vanilla extract, butter, orange zest and orange juice.
  4. Fold in dried cranberries.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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