Cranberry and Toasted Pecans Holiday Bread

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Cranberry Pecan Bread is a perfect holiday bread that we serve at Thanksgiving but is wonderful for any occasion. This recipe makes two-loaves to enjoy one now and freeze one for later! It warms up nicely in the oven or microwave and can be enjoyed on its own, with butter or jelly!! Plus it is great to have another recipe to use those fresh cranberries that tend to get thrown away!

Cranberry and Toasted Pecans Holiday Bread on a Christmas serving platter. Sliced with a serving fork.

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Cranberry Pecan Bread

An easy to make recipe for a Holiday Bread. Fresh Cranberries are used in this recipe; however you could substitute dried cranberries if desired. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course bread, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Cuisine American
Servings 9 Slices Per Loaf
Calories 366 kcal


  • Two 8×4 inch loaf pans
  • Flour sifter
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Cookie cooling rack


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Flour sifted
  • 1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour sifted
  • 1 ¼ cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Baking soda

Wet Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Fat-Free Milk
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Egg


  • 2 cups Fresh Cranberries Coarsely Chopped
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans Toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees; prepare two 8×4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • Sift dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients. 
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Once well mixed, stir in the cranberries and pecans. Divide evenly between the two pans.
  • Bake about 50-minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10-minutes on a cooling rack. 
  • Then loosen sides of the bread using a knife or spatula to remove from the loaf pans to fully cool.
  • Once cooled, wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator, counter top, or freeze.


Calories are approximate based upon ingredients and serving size. 
Keyword Cranberry Pecan Bread


    1. That is true! You could make it sweeter if desired that is the beauty of this recipe. I tend to stick to walnuts and dark chocolate. It unthaws nicely overnight in the refrigerator. I warm mine in the microwave but a toaster oven would be very nice!

    1. Thank you! It is a fun bread for the holidays! And a great way to use some of the extra cranberries! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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