The holiday season is one of my favorites when it comes to baking and cooking. So many more ingredients become available around Thanksgiving & Christmas that you can’t normally find year round. One seasonal favorite of mine is cranberries. Sure, dried cranberries are easily stocked throughout the year, but fresh, whole cranberries offer more of a bite and are great to bake with.
Many people get hesitant around the holidays when it comes to consuming sweets, but I have played around with substituting high calorie ingredients (butter & sugar to name a few) with healthier options like Greek yogurt or using less sugar than what some recipes suggest.
One of my favorite holiday treats to make for friends and family is an easy and Low-Cal Cranberry Orange Bread with Walnuts. I adapted this recipe from Chobani.com. I just recently brought this tasty treat in for a pot luck at work, and my co-workers told me repeatedly how delicious it was.
Here is what you’ll need to make it:
- 3/4 – 1 cup of Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 handful of walnuts, preferably chopped
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup of orange juice, with pulp
- 1 orange for zesting
- 1 ½ cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried off
Here’s how you make it:
First, grease your bread pan or even muffin pan. I like to use coconut oil, a great alternative to baking. I find it adds a little nuttier and richer taste. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the wet ingredients together in one bowl: Yogurt, egg, orange juice and whisk together. Add as much orange zest as you like. I typically use a whole orange because I enjoy the tartness of the orange. Then combine the dry ingredients together: Flour, sugar, baking powder & soda and stir them together. Slowly combine the dry ingredients into your yogurt, egg & orange juice mixture. Once your batter has been mixed, add your walnuts and your cranberries. If your mixture is dry, add more yogurt.
Place the mixture into your greased pan or muffin pan evenly and put it in the oven for one hour or until done.
Should come out looking a little something like this:
Serve for breakfast or as a desert. If people want the bread a little sweeter, zap it in the microwave and put a little butter on top for it to melt.
Enjoy and happy baking!