Cranberry Orange Banana Bread

This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

This post is sponsored by Florida’s Natural Orange Juice.

Raise your hand if you grew up making cranberry orange bread around the holidays!

Ok, now, raise your hand if you grew up making it…from a box!

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Hey hey, no shame if you did too. ¬†It was the 90s — box mixes and canned soups and scrunchy socks¬†and pagers and Saved By The Bell were all the rage! ¬†And you’d better believe that — when it came to helping my mom with dinner — my little sister and I¬†could whip up a mean loaf of cranberry orange box mix bread like¬†pros. ¬†We¬†excelled at following the directions on the box and making¬†all kinds of quick breads and muffins, actually. ¬†But without a doubt, our favorite treat around the holidays was always, always cranberry orange bread.

We loved our cranberry orange bread.  (<РHolding the nuts, please!)

And hey, let’s be real, I¬†still love a good slice of cranberry orange bread. ¬†Although nowadays, I’d rather hold all of the processed ingredients, please. ¬†So for a throwback Thursday recipe today, I thought it would be fun to make a batch from scratch! ¬†Oh, and I added¬†bananas, since I had a bunch of ripe ones sitting on my counter that needed to be used up. ¬† (<– This ended up being a¬†very¬†good idea.)

Seriously, this recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prep, and within an hour, your home is going to smell absolutely amazing and a delicious loaf of bread will be yours to enjoy.

Let’s do this!

This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

So, in addition to some basic baking ingredients, the main three things that you’re going to need include:

  • a bunch of ripe bananas¬†(the browner, the better!)
  • lots of dried cranberries¬†(or you can also use halved fresh cranberries)
  • some good orange juice¬†(I used Florida’s Natural¬ģ Brand Orange Juice, which is not-from-concentrate and¬†made from one ingredient — Florida oranges — and totally my fave. ¬†I love it because it has no water, sugar, or preservatives added, which helps me control the flavor and ingredients that make up this delicious, moist bread.)

This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Whip up your batter, and then carefully fold in all of those berries.This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then bake it up to moist, sweet, delicious perfection in the oven.  (<РIf the top starts to get too brown, just gently lay a sheet of aluminum foil on the top of the loaf to prevent more browning.)This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then once your loaf has baked and cooled off a bit, I highly recommend finishing it off with a simple orange glaze.
This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then…dig¬†in!

This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, drizzled with a yummy orange glaze, and perfectly moist and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

I actually loved this so much that I made¬†three batches over the weekend — two to test out, and another that I baked in tiny bread tins to give away as holiday gifts. ¬†Because I’m convinced all over again, now, that the more cranberry orange (banana!) bread in this world, the better. ¬†;)

Enjoy, everyone!

Cranberry Orange Banana Bread

This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, wonderfully moist and sweet and flavorful, and it's drizzled with a yummy orange glaze.

Ingredients:

Cranberry Orange Banana Bread Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup avocado¬†oil (or any mild-flavored cooking oil)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup¬†Florida‚Äôs Natural ¬ģ Brand Orange Juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups¬†all-purpose flour¬†(or white whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • optional: zest of one orange

Orange Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Florida's Natural Orange Juice
  • optional: zest of half an orange

Directions:

To Make The Bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 325¬įF (165¬įC). ¬†Grease a 9 x 5-inch bread pan with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, orange juice, eggs and vanilla extract until combined and smooth.  Whisk in the mashed bananas, and whisked until mostly smooth.  (There will be some small lumps due to the bananas - it's ok!)
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until combined.  Pour the dry ingredient mixture into the banana mixture, and stir until evenly combined, being careful not to over-mix the batter.  Gently fold in the cranberries (and orange zest, if using) until they are evenly mixed into the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and spread the top with a spoon so that it is flat and smooth.  Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.  (*If the bread starts to get too dark and brown on top while baking, place a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of the bread until it finishes baking.)
  5. Remove from the oven, and let the bread cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

To Make The Glaze:

  1. Whisk powdered sugar and orange juice (and orange zest, if using) together in a small bowl until completely combined.  If you would like a thinner glaze, whisk in a little more orange juice.  If you would like a thicker glaze, whisk in some more powdered sugar.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

This post has been sponsored by Florida’s Natural ¬ģ Brand Orange Juice, which I love because it’s 100% juice that’s straight from the orange groves of Florida. ¬†Thank you so much for continuing to support the brands who help make this site possible!

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  1. Ali's Mom — December 14, 2016 @ 8:01 am (#)

    Looks like Christmas brunch!

  2. Bryn — December 14, 2016 @ 8:23 am (#)

    Thank you so very much for including the cup measurement for the bananas.  I know it seems so silly, but when a recipe calls for a certain number of bananas, I usually skip it.  My medium banana and your medium banana may be very very different. If a recipe calls for three bananas, that could make a big difference in the finished bread.  This looks delicious!

  3. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — December 14, 2016 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try this!

  4. RHONDA @ CHANGE IN SECONDS — December 14, 2016 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Oh wow that looks good!

  5. Dave — December 14, 2016 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    I’ll be making this gluten free.¬†

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

      Awesome, hope it turned out well for you!

  6. Precious @ Precious Core — December 14, 2016 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    This. Looks. So. Good.

    Never baked with cranberries before. Now so eager to try that.
    And the pictures are beautiful as always!

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

      Aw, thank you! :)

  7. James Fleming — December 14, 2016 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    Exactly what the Dr. ordered!  I will make this today for my grand-daughter.

    You have the most intriguing recipes! Thanks!

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

      Yay, hope you both enjoyed the recipe!

  8. Carlos At Spoonabilities — December 14, 2016 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    Looks so beautiful and yummy!

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

      Thank you!

  9. Selina — December 14, 2016 @ 4:54 pm (#)

    I love all the healthy ingredients. My kids like it with chocolate chips too! :)

  10. Stacey — December 14, 2016 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    I love your recipes! I’ve been following for almost a year now and haven’t been disappointed in a recipe yet! I myself don’t keep vegetable oils (except olive and grapeseed) in the house because they are actually not the greatest for our health but I think this recipe would taste delish with melted coconut oil instead. Thanks again for a tasty holiday treat!!

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

      Yay, thank you, Stacey!

  11. Denise — December 14, 2016 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, any adjustment needed if baking it in high altitude (Colorado)? Thanks!  It looks great.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 18th, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

      Hi Denise! We love King Arthur Flour’s guide to high-altitude baking: We hope this helps!

  12. Jennifer McCall — December 16, 2016 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    Just came out of the oven! I had the orange juice but no orange zest…next time I’ll add it! I’m enjoying a slice now & my 11yr. daughter is about to! It is YUMMY, super moist!!!! Thanks for this great recipe!ūüėä

  13. Liz — December 16, 2016 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    Hi! If you substitute fresh cranberries for dried ones, do you need to add more sweetener?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 22nd, 2016 @ 10:37 am

      Hi Liz, that’s a great question! Yes, if using fresh cranberries instead of dried ones, we’d recommend adding a bit more maple syrup or sugar (we just haven’t tried this so we’re honestly not sure how much). If possible, add to taste so it’s not too sweet, but sweet enough. We hope you enjoy!

  14. Sarah — December 19, 2016 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I am looking to make these in a 5-1/2″ x 3″ x 2-1/2″ mini loaf pan. Would I just adjust the cooking time?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 19th, 2016 @ 9:31 pm

      Thanks, Sarah ‚ÄĒ¬†we hope you enjoy! We think mini loaves would take around 30-40 minutes (we suggest setting a timer for 30 and then checking after that).

  15. Marisa — December 20, 2016 @ 8:59 am (#)

    Made and loved! I skipped the glaze, and have been toasting slices and slathering them with butter instead. Thanks for a great recipe!

  16. Andrea — December 23, 2016 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    Just made this! Left out the glaze and substituted dried cranberries for fresh since I had them on hand. It came out wonderful!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 24th, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Andrea ‚ÄĒ¬†we’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  17. Sheryl — February 4, 2017 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    Meant to make this since it was posted and finally did, so GOOD!  Easy and much better than a Starbucks treat.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 5th, 2017 @ 8:55 am

      We’re so happy you loved it, Sheryl!