Cranberry Walnut Bread sliced on parchment paper

Easy Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread

Whole wheat bread filled with cranberries and walnuts. 
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Nut Bread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 4 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp gluten optional found by yeast at grocery store
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbs yeast


Bread Machine Cranberry Bread

  • Start with water in the machine. Add, oil, honey, salt and gluten, then flour.
  • Make a small well in flour and put yeast into that well.
  • Set to manufacture’s instructions for wheat bread and start cycle.
  • When bread machine beeps to add ingredients (after initial mixing), open bread machine and add in walnuts and cranberries.
    If your bread machine does not have the option to add in mix-ins, just place walnuts and cranberries on top of the wheat flour before adding the yeast. 

Oven Cranberry Bread

  • Mix together water and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes, or until mixture gets creamy and a bit bubbly.
  • In a separate large bowl, mix together salt, gluten, cranberries, walnuts, and flour.
  • Make a well in flour mixture and pour in the water mixture. Knead until smooth (about 5 minutes) 
  • Let rise until doubled.
  • Shape as desired (into two 1 pound loaves) and let rise until doubled again.
  • Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.


  • Feel free to omit the walnuts from this bread to make it nut free.
  • Swap out walnuts for pecans if desired.
  • This bread is also incredible made with coconut oil in place of the olive oil
  • Be sure to use regular yeast, not quick rise yeast. 
  • Vital Wheat gluten is optional, it just helps to keep the bread soft an rise evenly. 
  • Allow bread to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Once fully cooled, store bread in sealed container, or bag, at room temperature for 48 hours. Longer than that, store in refrigerator. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 292mg 12%
Potassium 133mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.