This savory vegan Butternut Squash Cranberry Bread is absolutely oil free and made with healthier ingredients. Its gluten free and yet soft and moist with lots of fresh flavors.
I can smell holiday in the air and this feeling motivates me to experiment with baking.
I see beautiful and fresh red cranberries these days in the store and couldn’t resist picking a bag of these cranberries along with butternut squash.
Therefore, I bake this delicious vegan cranberry bread which is crispy from outside and soft, melt in mouth from inside. Its aroma filled my kitchen thereby tantalizing my taste buds and increasing my cravings for this quick and delicious vegan bread.
Ingredients you will need:
- Butternut squash
- Almond butter
- Maple syrup
- Apple cider vinegar
- Almond flour
- Baking soda
- Fresh cranberries
- Slivered almonds
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How to make Butternut Squash Cranberry Bread
Firstly, I boiled butternut squash in water until they were soft. Then, I drained them and cooled them completely.
Next, I blended all the wet ingredients in a blender until they were smooth.
Secondly, I combined all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (except cranberries) and mixed it well with a spoon.
Thereafter, I folded in all the ingredients including fresh cranberries and whipped it into a thick yet soft batter.
Afterwards, I spooned it out into a greased loaf pan and spread it evenly with a spatula.
Then, I garnished its top with hempseeds and slivered almonds.
Later, I baked it for 50 minutes in the middle rack of the preheated oven. Then, I shifted it to the bottom rack and baked it again for another 10 minutes.
Once done, I turned it off , took out the loaf pan and placed it on a flat surface and let it cool completely for about an hour. Then, I inverted the bread on a flat surface and again let it cool for another 30 minutes before slicing.
This bread is yeast free quick bread and super easy to bake for this holiday season along with your holiday errands, decoration and lots of excitement.
Its super moist and an incredibly healthy indulgent. I can assure you that your family and friends will devour every bite of it. Infact, they won’t stop praising you for this cranberry bread recipe.
- While folding in cranberries into the batter simply mix it for 30 seconds. Do not over do this step.
- Let it cool completely before slicing even if it half a day to cool down.
- Almond flour acts differently in baking so be prepared for a wet center. however, it will all dry up and trust me its all cooked.
This tastes best when served the same day. However, store in in the refrigerator in an air tight container for about 1 week. Simply toast it or re-bake it before serving.
I have made it oil free so we save some calories. Almonds are healthy ingredients and is rich in omega3 and protein. Flaxmeal is also a good source of omega3. Hempseeds adds a bit more protein to this recipe. Therefore, its a healthy bread with healthy fats, low in carbohydrates and high in protein.
Yes, it a quick bread made without yeast.
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Butternut Squash Cranberry Bread
- 2 cups chopped butternut squash boiled in 1 cup water (drained and cooled)
- 1/2 cup flaxmeal (Soaked in 3/4 cup water)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup fresh cranberries (rinsed)
- 1 tbsp hempseeds
- 1 tbsp slivered/sliced almonds
- Preheat oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit and prepare 9*5 inch loaf pan by greasing it well.
- In a blender combine all the wet ingredients ( cooked squash, soaked flaxmeal, almond butter, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar). Blend it smooth and keep it aside.
- In a mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients (except cranberries) and mix well with a spoon.
- Fold in wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whip it well. Then, fold in fresh cranberries also and roughly mix it.
- Spoon out the batter in the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly with a spatula in the loaf pan. Garnish its top with hempseeds and slivered almonds.
- Place it in the middle rack of the oven and bake it for 50 minutes. Then, shift the loaf pan to the bottom rack and bake it again for another 10 minutes. Once done, turn it off and take it out of the oven.
- Place the loaf pan on a flat surface and let it cool completely for about 1 hour without disturbing. Then invert it on a cutting board and let it cool again for another 30 minutes. Now, gently, cut into thick slices ( do not fret if the center looks a bit wet, it will dry up once the entire bread is sliced, this is normal with these kinds of bread).
- Make sure the butternut squash is soft enough to blended.
- Soak flaxmeal until it becomes jelly like ( about 10 minutes).
- Do not slice the bread until it is completely in room temperature or else it will break.
- This bread is very different from the store bought ones but are very healthy also.
- For non-vegan version – you may use 1 tbsp. of honey instead of maple syrup. Instead of flaxmeal use 4 large eggs. and follow the same steps as mentioned i.e. – blend the eggs with the wet ingredients in the blender.
- The color of the bread for vegan version might become a bit brownish due to flaxmeal.
Carla Flaim says
Not sure what happened but this had no flavor at all and was mushy despite baking longer than suggested. — I was really hoping to love this.
I am sorry that this recipe did not work for you. I have tested it few times and it works for me. Just a reminder that this is slightly different than regular breads. The bread slices will come out little dense and wet but will dry out once completely cooled. So let the slices cool down before biting into it. Cooling down takes a longer time as well. I hope you try it once more with these tips in mind.
Does this freeze well? I have a lot of cranberries and butternut squash to use up and I’d love to make an abundance of this beautiful bread!
I have not tried freezing it. But you can refrigerate it for at least 2 weeks for sure. Toast it in toaster oven and serve. Hope this helps.
This Butternut Squash Cranberry Bread was a great find on Pinterest, and I really loved the flavor of this Butternut Squash Cranberry Bread! It was amazing! I will be keeping this recipe on hand for the future. Happy Holidays!
The best bread for the holidays.
Butternut squash bread? Gosh that is a genius and delicious idea! I am adding this to my holiday baking list, I can’t wait to see how good it tastes!
Yumm, this Butternut Squash Cranberry Bread looks divine! This is the perfect recipe to make for my family at Christmas and I know they will love it. I cant wait to give this a try, thank you for sharing this recipe!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
Delish!! I could eat that today and tomorrow and the next day. lol. It’s perfectly delicious!
hahhha 🙂 me too!
What a festive looking bread! Its healthy ingredient list is definitely a blessing now that the big meals are coing up. With a thin spread of homemade jam this will make the perfect breakfast item for the days in between Christmas and New Year’s.
Great recipe! Having friends over for Christmas dinner in a couple of weeks and my gf is gf (no pun intended!). So I’m always looking for recipes to suit her without compromising on taste and familiarity. Love cranberries!
Hope you enjoy it!
This bread is so good! Especially with some butter slathered on it… yum! It is so hearty, so moist from that butternut squash, and the perfect thing to use those cranberries I bought too many of!
This is an unusual combo. I’ve never made a bread with butternut squash.
Yumm! I would have never thought to put these things together!
Thank you Nicole.
Ester Perez says
Wow! This looks amazing! I have never tried using butternut squash in a bread recipe but I will have to now! It looks moist and delicious!
Thank you Ester.
Bethany @ Athletic Avocado says
This bread looks incredible! Not only is the idea of using butternut squash amazing, but I cannot believe this is paleo!! Currently drooling!
Thank you Bethany.