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Cranberry Apple Bread
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Cranberry Apple Bread Recipe

This cranberry apple bread is so incredibly moist and tender! Plus it's perfectly spiced and packed full of fresh apple and cranberries.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 8x4-inch loaf
Calories: 1644kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour*
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup apple (1 medium fuji, gala or honeycrisp) grated, juice squeezed out
  • 1 cup apple (1 small fuji, gala or honeycrisp) diced
  • 1/2 cup cranberries cut in half

Optional Topping

  • 1 Tbsp coarse sugar (turbinado or demerara)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 8x4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugars, applesauce, vanilla extract and egg, whisk to combine.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the large mixing bowl, stirring just until combined. Gently fold in the grated apple, diced apple and cranberry halves.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, sprinkle the center of the top with coarse sugar if desired. Place in the oven and bake for for 50-60 minutes. You may want to tent your bread with foil around the 45 minute mark to prevent over-browning. Because this is a moist bread, mine took exactly an hour from the time I put it in the oven. Use a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf to check for doneness.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.


*The whole wheat flour can be subbed for all-purpose flour.


Calories: 1644kcal | Carbohydrates: 316g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 1297mg | Potassium: 1256mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 206g | Vitamin A: 533IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 411mg | Iron: 8mg