A moist and delicious homemade cranberry orange banana bread recipe made with healthy ingredients like almond flour, coconut sugar, orange zest, fresh cranberries and olive oil. It’s naturally Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and incredibly yummy.

I’m a huge fan of making (and eating) fresh banana bread all year long. And during the holidays, I love adding orange zest and cranberries to it to make it extra flavorful and festive.

This Healthy Cranberry Orange Banana Bread is bursting with juicy fresh cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon and banana flavor. It’s a must for this time of year.

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One of my favorite holiday banana bread recipes:

As I mentioned, I love eating banana bread all year long. And when fresh cranberries are in season, I love adding orange zest and cranberries to my banana bread, which is exactly what I did in this healthy cranberry banana bread recipe.

Cranberries, orange and cinnamon instantly add a festive feeling to this banana bread and it makes me want to eat it around the holidays.

I find that you can tweak banana bread recipes to fit any season or holiday.

During the fall, I love adding pumpkin to my banana bread, like in my Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread recipe.

In the Spring, and around Easter, I like adding carrots, like in my Carrot Cake Banana Bread recipe.

Or you could even add fun ingredients like espresso and chocolate like in my Espresso Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

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Ingredients in this Healthy Cranberry Orange Banana Bread:

  • extra light olive oil
  • coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • ripe bananas
  • the zest from one orange
  • the juice from one orange
  • almond flour
  • tapioca flour
  • coconut flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • fresh cranberries

Note: if you need help with the best way to zest an orange. Check out this post that shows how.

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How to make banana cranberry bread with oil:

In one bowl, you mix together the olive oil and coconut sugar until it’s all mixed together. Then you add the eggs, vanilla, mashed bananas and mix again.

Then in another bowl, you mix the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together with a fork.

Then, you pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix. Once the batter is done, you fold in the cranberries and pour the batter into a loaf tin. Lastly press in a few cranberries on top of the batter (this makes it look pretty when it bakes).

Then you bake!

I was tempted to make an orange frosting for this recipe but then decided not to. I like eating banana bread over the course of a few days and I don’t like how frosting can make it soggy.

Though if you do want to make a frosting, you could mix together powdered sugar with orange juice and orange zest and it would taste delish!

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FAQs:

Is there any alternative to almond flour here?

I haven’t tested any alternatives so I can’t say for sure, but I’ve heard that sunflower seed flour or other nut flours can work in it’s place.

What kind of oil can be used in this recipe?

I love using extra light olive oil but you can also use avocado oil or any other light tasting oil.

What kind of sugar can you use?

You can use coconut sugar or maple sugar. If you want you could use brown sugar but then the recipe won’t be Paleo.

Can I use orange juice from the store?

Yes you can. I just like using fresh orange juice from the same orange that I got the zest from.

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Other Paleo banana breads you may enjoy:

This Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread has great lemon flavor and a nice lemon frosting that makes the flavors pop.

This Espresso Chocolate Chip Banana Bread has been getting rave reviews! It’s made with espresso powder and chocolate chips and is delish!

If you love pumpkin desserts, then you are going to LOVE this Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread. It’s full of pumpkin flavor and has swirls of cinnamon streusel throughout.

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Healthy Cranberry Orange Banana Bread (Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

Servings: 8 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • zest from 1 orange, (this was 1.5 teaspoons for me)
  • juice from one orange, (this should be around 1/4 to 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 in x 5 inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix the olive oil and coconut sugar with a fork or whisk. Add the eggs, vanilla, mashed bananas, orange zest and orange juice and whisk again.
  • In another bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix with a fork until blended.
  • Pour the bowl of dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the fresh cranberries.
  • Pour the banana bread batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange banana bread