Crushed Cranberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bread

It's the day before Thanksgiving! Ahhhhhh!

What are you doing reading this blog? Get yourself in the kitchen. NOW.
You've got pies to bake, turkeys to brine and potatoes to peel.

Oh, so you're taking a break? Okay. Well, I guess you can stay. Just for a little while though.

Today I will be baking three pies; pecan, chocolate pecan and apple. Of course I will have to add some unusual twist to them. I've heard about making a pie crust with vodka, so I might have to try that.

I'm considering doing LIVE pie blogging all day long, since I have the day off from work. What do think? I'll update the blog with pictures of what I'm up to. It sounds like a lot of work, so we'll see. I might be far too lazy to do that.

This Crushed Cranberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bread is the first time I've used fresh cranberries this year; it won't be the last.

Cranberries are truly an amazing fruit, and I want to incorporate them into as many baked goods as I can. This bread is delicious for breakfast or a snack. It's an oatmeal quick-bread with spices, crushed cranberries, toasted pecans and vanilla flavoring. The vanilla flavor comes from vanilla paste that sweet lil' Heather sent me. Thank you, Heather! That stuff is so good.

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing for me. Oh, you have to watch the parade, too. I can't wait for tomorrow. I'm going to make myself sick, I'm going to eat so much. And then I'm going to pass out on the couch. Then I'm going to eat some pie and then maybe play some pool.

Crushed Cranberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bread

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

Place the cranberries in a food processor, along with the granulated sugar, and pulse until chopped. Set aside for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a loaf pan.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Whisk in oats and brown sugar until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, milk, applesauce and vanilla paste until well combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Gently stir in nuts and cranberries until combined. Pour batter into loaf pan, and sprinkle with additional oats and turbinado sugar (optional). Bake at 350 degrees F, for 50-55 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool in pan completely before removing to slice.

Makes 6-8 servings


  1. That bread looks so wonderful! It's got all my favorite things together!

    I'd love to see the live pie blogging, but I'm scared you might mess up your pie with the distractions...or your laptop with the flour. :) Of course, I always look like a hurricane tore through my house when I start cooking.

  2. Love the quick bread Em...good luck with the pie making and enjoy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Em!

    You have lots of baking going on 3 pies wow and I know they will be just scrumptious!!

    Love the sound and look of cranberry-oatmeal bread - yum!

    Rosie x

  4. Good-luck with the pie baking. I can't believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!

  5. I must be one of the few foodies who's not cooking for ThanksGiving... but I wish you all a very happy, nutritious, luscious, fullfilling, familiar ThanksGiving day ♥

    Your Bread looks so bright and beautiful and I can imagine what a bite would be... or two ;D

    Your kitchen/baking/twitter/all day blogg idea sounds great :D

  6. These look fantastic - Im loving cranberries at the moment. Just made some cranberry vodka!!!

  7. This looks like a nice hearty bread. I wish I could have a slice of your pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. That bread looks wicked good. Does it toast well?

    I would be interested in you doing some live pie blogging, if you are up to it. I've also heard (well, read. Saw a recipe in Cooks Illustrated) about vodka in pie crust. I must say, I'm intrigued. :)

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I'm jeuleous of all that Thanksgiving craziness with pies and turkeys! We don't have it here :( which explains why am reading your blog and not peeling potatoes. Very nice quick bread with all flavours I like! Good luck with all the pies!

  10. I made a cranberry bread too but my cranberries look like they have been pulverized! I went overboard. Yours looks great. Have a great Thanksgiving and fun making the pies!!!

  11. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have at least a small slice of each of your pies for me!!

  12. I do have way to much to do today but I had to check in! So glad that I did! I love cranberry and vanilla, so this is a must try this weekend. Thanks!

  13. I love the addition of fresh cranberries to this bread. It looks so good and loaded with flavor and texture.

  14. Step away from the vodka! Go check 's post Pie Crust 102 (sorry, Thanksgiving food deprivation has me not able to post links). She said the vodka crust is only so so.

  15. Live blogging sounds fun, and it would be interesting to see all the different stages of pie making. I made my pies yesterday, but there's still stuff to do today. Like the turkey.

    Happy Thanksgiving-to-be, Em!

  16. emiline, your thanksgiving day sounds just like mine!! i always play pool on thanksgiving for some reason. i just want to drink spiked apple cider. i'm really in the mood for some.

    have a great thanksgiving! i hope your pies turn out well- i know they will!

  17. I'd hover around the computer for some live blogging. Watch out for flour on the camera, though. That sucks.
    Happy feasting. Wear sweatpants or something with no waist. Oh, my brothers in law weigh themselves before and after the meal. The numbers speak for themselves.

  18. I am not a fan of sweet bread....way to dry for me, but this picture made me come back again....I love the texture, not at all dry!

  19. This bread looks awesome! Moist and yummy!

    I'm excited to try the recipe... If I have time tonight in between baking Pies and Frosting cupcakes... Oh the life of a baker during Thanksgiving! :)

  20. This bread looks wonderful! I am dying to make something with fresh cranberries & not Craisins. Is there a substitute for vanilla paste?

  21. I think you need to become my personal baker! This bread looks great...I love how everyone is adding cranberries to their breads. Delicious! Thanks for another great recipe and have a great Thanksgiving.

  22. I am so glad I don't have to make anything for Thanksgiving, so I can come read your blog :) Very nice recipe.

  23. i love baking different loaves of bread and giving them to friends and family as gifts over the holidays. a cranberry-vanilla one sounds absolutely delicious! can't wait to try it out-thanks for posting this great recipe :)

  24. Let us know how the vodka pie crust turns out or any other twist you put on your pies. I am wondering about the vanilla paste. Have fresh cranberries, may try the bread!

  25. You always make the most fascinating things. I have never used fresh cranberries, they intimidate me -- LOL. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  26. I baked a LOT today as well for Thanksgiving - whew!!

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Em!!

  27. This is an AWESOME idea. First, it reminds me of oatmeal cookies BUT it's a, if I can just get my hands on a gluten-free version of this bread! :) Seriously, I would eat this for breakfast for many mornings in a row; I bet it'd even taste delish as french toast!

  28. yay :) great use for the vanilla! the colors in this bread are amazing! i love it!

  29. I really dig this because it's different from all the same old Thanksgiving stuff. Sometimes I just want some sweet bread and some coffee afterwards, to help ward off the food coma :)

    Happy Thanksgiving

  30. yummy this looks so nice and quite healthy too

  31. beautiful bread. something i'm thankful for right now is the fact that i don't have to be in a sitting position to play around on the internet. my still-full stomach require that i be horizontal at all times. :)

  32. Thanks everyone!

    Blonde Duck, yeah, you're probably right. :)

    Bob, I didn't try toasting it. I imagine so.

    Sunshine, thanks for the warning. I decided not to go with that. Mostly because I didn't have any vodka. :)

    Aimee, that's hilarious!

    Julie, I'd just use vanilla extract.

    Sara, how much do you pay?

    Sophie, french toast sounds great.

  33. Oh wow..anything with Cranberrys gets my full attention. These not only sound wonderful but look really delish!


  34. My husband doesn't like cranberries, which makes me quite sad because I would love to make this. But then I would eat it all myself, and lets just say I don't need to eat it all myself right now!!

  35. I am so angry at myself, as much as I am online looking for wonderful healthy recipes, such as yours, I have just FOUND you. You know what they say, better late than never. Can I adopt you. I live in San Francisco and I believe outside of Oregon we have some of the best health food stores. Look out world, I'm going to bake my behind off.

  36. Hi Anon!

    Please take me to California with you! Glad you found my site. I hope to make more healthier recipes in the future.