Only three days left till’ Christmas, but who’s counting? Ya, really. In all seriousness, don’t you guys find time seems to tick a little (and by a little, I mean a lot) faster during this time of year? “So much to do, so little time!”-is something I hear WAY too often…
It seems like everywhere I look people are scrambling to cross items off their holiday lists, line up to pay somewhere, take the next flight home, or get their house primped for the biggest holiday of the year. I have to admit; I used to relish the mall during Christmas time. I can now share that I’ll avoid it if I can. I’ve been to the mall twice this Fall, both times in November. Not sure if it’s the string of crowds or the buzzing white noise or perhaps both.
But what gets me pumped and really excited is the glee that comes with Christmas morning. Ever since Ethan and Gracie came into my life; that’s the best part of my Christmas. To hear them wake up (and then wake me up with jolts and not so gentle shoves and tickles) begging to go downstairs and check on the loot left by Santa. Impatiently excited, little hearts overflowing with big expectations.
My second favorite part is to hear them play with their new toys while I get breakfast on the table. I love a no-fuss approach to brunch that morning; especially if you’re hosting Christmas dinner later that day. I love to make a fresh batch of baked bacon, homestyle orange juice, freshly brewed coffee and ALL the baked goods. When it comes to morning fare- muffins or breakfast loafs are my fave, are easy to bake, and are always well-received by big and little hands alike.
So if you’re looking for some festive, Christmas-inspired loaf pan goodies; look no further friends. This one is paleo (which means it’s also gluten-free), it’s sweetened with raw honey, it uses coconut oil & it’s based off a small amount of coconut flour. And then cue in the orange zest, the orange juice and the fresh cranberries which kinda pop and burst in your mouth with tangy sweetness when you bite into the bread. For a more festive touch, you could sprinkle walnuts or raisins or a little rum. But whatever you do, give this bread a try!
Paleo Orange Cranberry Bread
- 2/3 cup coconut flour (this measurement only works for coconut flour)
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp of baking soda
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp of cardamom
- 1/4 tsp of cinnammon
- 1/3 cup of raw honey (OR 1/2 cup of raw honey if you like it sweeter)
- 6 large eggs (always at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- the grated zest of one orange (it really elevates the flavor!)
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- A splash of rum or brandy (about 1 tablespoon)
- You could add chopped walnuts
- You could sprinkle dry old-fashioned rolled oats so it bakes with a nice little topping. note: adding oats will no longer make it paleo.
- Golden raisins or raisins also go nicely with this bread
- If you don’t have cranberries, mulberries are a great option!
- Preheat your oven to 350F & line a large loaf pan with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together and give them a good whisk.
- On a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients together and mix well. Integrate wet mix into the dry ingredient bowl.
- Fold in the cranberries & the orange zest
- Pour batter into the loaf pan, use a spatula to even out the top surface. I like to sprinkle a few cranberries directly on top. They will warm up, pop in the oven & make for a beautiful loaf. Your house will also smell wonderful!
- If you got walnuts or raisins, you could also sprinkle them on top or fold them into the batter.
- Bake for about 45-50 mins or until center is cooked through. Insert a toothpick or knife into the center of the loaf to check for doneness.