Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mini Cranberry Walnut Loaves - Grain Free

It's a bright and beautiful Saturday morning here today. We've been busy the last few evenings trying to run errands and do our Thanksgiving dinner shopping a little at a time throughout the week. I'll finish up the odds and ends food shopping this weekend. We already have our turkey and turkey breast (I always do both). Last night I went straight to Costco after work in order to avoid the deluge of shoppers this weekend. It was great because not many folks head to Costco on a Friday night so I was able to breeze through without the traffic jam of people waiting for free samples and blocking the aisles. 

When I got home last night I decided to make a batch of my Power Bagels and also tweaked my recipe a little and added some fresh chopped cranberries along with the dried fruit and seed mix. I also made a batch of mini Cranberry Walnut Loaves. They turned out great and are so cute. The individual loaves can be sliced in half, toasted and buttered or spread with cream cheese or can simply be sliced and eaten as is. These are not sweet loaves or like traditional cake-like "cranberry bread"...these are more like lightly sweetened hearty/rustic bread with dried fruit, walnuts and chopped fresh cranberries. I was inspired by the round loaves of rustic looking Cranberry Walnut bread I saw at Costco last night. If you liked my regular Power Bagels, I think you will enjoy these little mini loaves, too. I'm looking forward to enjoying them for breakfast throughout this coming week. 

I'm beginning my Thanksgiving dinner prep this weekend. I'm going to bake my "stuffing bread cubes" and toast the cubes/croutons to get them ready to make my Stuffing (dressing) later in the week. I will also pre-chop onions, celery, etc. so everything is as pre-prepped as can be. I'm also getting ready to make a big batch of fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce here shortly so that is done and out of the way and I'm making enough so I have plenty to enjoy daily up to Thanksgiving too! LOL I snapped a few photos and the easy peasy recipe for my Mini Cranberry Walnut Loaves below. Enjoy!

This morning's breakfast!

Mini Cranberry Walnut Loaves
Makes 12 to 14 mini loaves


1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted

2-1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup ground chia seeds
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup no sugar added dried fruit and seed mixture
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
3/4 cup granular Swerve Sweetener
8 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup chopped cranberries
6 tablespoons melted coconut oil 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  

In a medium sized bowl, mix first 10 ingredients together with a whisk to help break up any lumps.

In a small bowl, beat eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and vinegar together. Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix well; stir in cranberries and coconut oil and combine until a dough is formed. Dough will be thick and slightly sticky. 

Lightly grease an 8-well mini loaf pan with coconut oil. Using a 3-tablespoon size retractable scoop, place 2 scoops of dough into each mini loaf well of pan. Using slightly moistened finger tips, gently pat down and smooth the 2 scoops of dough out into a loaf shape. Bake for about 23-25 minutes, or until light golden brown and done. Remove from pan after sitting for 5 minutes and cool on wire rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Slice with sharp serrated knife.

*Note: These can also be baked on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (shaped and smoothed with moistened fingertips) or in a 6-well mini cake pan or muffin top pan.



Betty Anne said...

I wanted to let you know that I made the power bagels last weekend with a full cup of chopped cranberries, rather than a 1/2 cup, and the walnuts. They are great with the stronger cranberry flavor. Thank you so much for the recipe. I have them every morning for breakfast.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Betty,

That's good to know. Did you need to increase the sweetener at all or did you keep it the same? As you know, I'm all about the stronger cranberry flavor! I am so happy you've been enjoying them. It's nice to have a good baked good for breakfast again isn't it! :-)

CyberSis said...


I always thought the Power Bagels would make wonderful mini loaves! These look great with both the dried fruit *and* the fresh cranberries. I'd like to bake these along with some mini muffins (haven't decided which ones yet) and the one-bowl chocolate chip cookies for Christmas goodie bags. Now to get the mini loaf pan and I'll be all set! :-)

PS: Tried the cranberry sauce with our Alaskan salmon tonight. We loved it!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

For a mid-afternoon snack yesterday, I sliced one of the tiny loaves into slices (like you would regular bread) and spread softened butter and added a little dollop of warm freshly made cranberry sauce on top (that slightly melted the butter) was so good. Even hubby liked it and said he'd never had warm cranberry sauce before. Obviously HE'S never made it (because I've tasted it warm many a times).

Oh my...Alaskan salmon and a little cranberry sauce on the side sounds amazing. I haven't had salmon in a while...I need to make it again soon. :-)

Betty Anne said...

Dear GGC,
When I increased the chopped cranberries to a full cup, I used a small amount of the Now Better Stevia but I really think it would be fine without it. I won't be using it next time.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks Betty! :-)

Unknown said...

I found your blog through Wheat Belly...I am glad I did. I have been pouring over you recipes...I just don't have enough time to make it all. SMILE! Do you think these little loaves would freeze? I was thinking of making them for family for the up coming holiday. I like pulling things out of the freezer so that I can just enjoy the grandchildren more.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Mandy,

Thank you! Yes, I do believe these would freeze well. I've even kept them for at least 1 week in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy them...AND the grandchildren! :-)