Introduction: Homemade Weight Watchers (WW) Cranberry Orange Bread is a delightful and healthier take on a classic baked treat. The combination of tart cranberries and zesty orange flavors creates a deliciously moist bread that satisfies both sweet cravings and dietary preferences. This homemade recipe is not only easy to make but also fits well into a balanced and mindful approach to weight management.

Ingredients: To prepare this Cranberry Orange Bread, gather the following ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup granulated sugar substitute (like Stevia or monk fruit)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of one orange
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to the specified temperature, usually around 350°F (175°C). Grease a standard-sized loaf pan and set it aside.
Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. This forms the dry base for your Cranberry Orange Bread.
Prepare Cranberries: Toss the chopped cranberries in a bit of flour to coat them lightly. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the batter during baking.
Mix Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, non-fat Greek yogurt, sugar substitute, orange juice, vanilla extract, orange zest, and eggs. Ensure a smooth and well-blended consistency.
Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures: Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring gently until just combined. Be cautious not to overmix, as this can lead to a dense texture.
Fold in Cranberries: Gently fold in the floured cranberries into the batter, distributing them evenly to ensure a consistent cranberry flavor throughout the bread.
Bake Until Golden: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Keep an eye on the bread to prevent over-baking.
Cool and Slice: Allow the Cranberry Orange Bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, slice into portions for serving.
Conclusion: Homemade WW Cranberry Orange Bread is a flavorful and figure-friendly option for those adhering to Weight Watchers guidelines. This recipe allows you to enjoy the comforting taste of cranberry and orange in a moist, homemade bread while maintaining a mindful approach to your health and wellness goals. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast option or a delightful snack, this Cranberry Orange Bread is sure to become a favorite in your repertoire of healthier baked goods.

For the Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup canola oil, or other neutral tasting oil
½ cup orange juice
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
To Make the Bread
Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease a 9 x 5 – inch loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set aside.2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon salt
In a separate small bowl, use a spoon to mix the sugar and orange zest until the sugar becomes light orange in color. Set aside.1 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon orange zest
Take a third large bowl and whisk the buttermilk, oil, orange juice, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and the orange zest/sugar mixture, and whisk until just combined. Don’t overmix!½ cup buttermilk½ cup canola oil½ cup orange juice2 large eggs1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Next, add the cranberries and use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir until well incorporated.1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan. Place in the oven and baked for 65-75 minutes. If the bread begins to brown too quickly, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the top to prevent burning.
The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a very light crumb. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before transferring from the pan to a cooling rack.
To Make the Glaze
While the bread cools, make the glaze.
In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice. 1 cup powdered sugar2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
Whisk or use a hand mixer on low until the glaze is smooth and creamy. Adjust the amount of orange juice to reach desired consistency.
After the bread cools completely, drizzle the glaze over the top, slice, and serve.
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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 slice of bread (one tenth of the loaf). Actual calories will vary.