Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Bread is my gluten-free, low-carb replacement for holiday fruitcake or Bishop's bread.
Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Bread (grain free) is my gluten-free, low carb replacement for fruitcake.
A low carb & paleo version of Bishop's bread.
I really never liked fruit cake and in my family, we always made fruit and nut loaves instead.
We were always suspicious of the oddly colored “fruit” in the fruitcake.
My mother always made a chocolate chip cherry nut loaf that she called Bishop's bread.
We loved that bread and best of all there were no green mystery fruit chunks, lol.
This is my grain-free version of that with cranberries. I love cranberries and they are everywhere this time of year.
Also, they are lower in carbs than cherries. I made a paleo version and a lower carb version depending on the sweetener of choice you use.
Can also omit the nuts for a nut-free option.
My Keto Pumpkin Streusel Bread is also a a favorite low carb holiday bread.
Common Questions About the Recipe:
Dried cranberries, especially the sweetened ones, can be much higher in carbs than fresh ones. To keep the carbs lower, I recommend using fresh or frozen whole cranberries.
Yes, you can use walnuts in the recipe in place of pecans.
You can swap out the dark chocolate chips for sugar-free white chocolate chips if you prefer.
Store the bread covered in the fridge for up to a week.
Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Bread (Grain-Free) Printable Recipe Card Below
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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Bread (grain free)
- 3 eggs beaten.
- ⅓ cup Sweetener or choice: ⅓ cup organic maple syrup or ⅓ cup erythritol granular sweetener for low carb
- 3 tablespoon butter melted or coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce.
- ⅓ cup milk of choice: unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk.
- 1 teaspoon organic GF orange extract *optional.
- 2 teaspoon orange zest . use a micro plane or a fine grater
- ½ teaspoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar mixed in a separate pinch bowl . will be very fizzy
- ¾ cup fresh cranberries minced (I chop mine in the processor or blender for a few seconds).
- ½ cup coconut flour sifted,
- 2 tablespoon golden flax meal *optional
- ⅓ cup paleo friendly chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips for low carb
- ¼ cup pecans chopped *optional, can omit for nut free.
- 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum *can omit for paleo
- Preheat oven to 375 F, and grease a 9x5x2 inch loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine: 3 eggs, maple syrup, milk of choice, melted butter or coconut oil, vanilla extract, lemon or orange zest, apple sauce, minced cranberries, and baking soda-apple cider vinegar mixture. Stir together thoroughly.
- Add to mixture in bowl: coconut flour, golden flax meal & xanthan gum. Stir in thoroughly.
- Add to batter the optional pecans and chocolate chips. Mix in well.
- Spoon batter into loaf pan and spread evenly in pan.
- Bake at 375 F for about 28 to 32 minutes, or until tooth pick comes out of center clean.
- Cool, slice and serve. Store any left-over portions in fridge.
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Could I substitute a LEMON for the Orange juice and zest?
Hi Denise, you can omit the orange extract or replace it with vanilla extract. You could use lemon zest instead of orange zest if you want to.
I just baked this and it’s wonderful. I added more orange extract because I didn’t have the zest. It was tricky getting out of the loaf pan and is a bit crumbly but it’s perfect otherwise. I will bake again and again. Thanks for posting this. It’s now one of my favorites!
Thank you so much, Roberta, for trying the recipe and your very kind words.
This sounds divine! I'm growing to love cranberries more and more!
But I'm not a coconut flour person ...to me it changes the the flavor too much... What would be the conversion to use almond flour?
Laura, you could sub about 2 cups almond flour for coconut flour.
Delicious but too crumbly. Could not slice Would adding another egg help?
Johanna, yes you can add an additional egg to help the bread bind better.
Recipe says the Flax meal is optional? Why is it in there if it's not needed?
Peggy, It is in the recipe for extra fiber (which I need more of in my diet), but some people can't have flax meal for medical reasons, and I'm letting them know it is not a deal breaker to omit it.
Could you replace the applesauce with anything else? What would it be? Thanks.
Judy, I believe you can replace the applesauce with coconut oil.
The ingredient list has 1/4 cup of applesauce. When do you add that?
Sharon, you add it in with the eggs and other liquid ingredients. Sorry it was not in the directions, as I must have overlooked that error. Thanks for letting me know.
What size pan did you use and do I need to grease the pan??
Mary, I used a standard loaf pan 9x5x2 1/2. I did grease my loaf pan, but if yours is non-stick, then you may not need to.
these look amazing! Do you think I could make these as a biscotti??!!!!
Angela, I think they would be great as biscotti, but you would need less liquid and they would need to be baked for a longer time and at a lower temperature. I am not sure how long, as I have not made biscotti yet.
Hi Stacey, love so many of your recipes. I was just wondering with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up if you could please post some recipes for the holidays. I'm really trying to eat healthy and I'm cooking for the holidays. Thanks, Patty
Patty, I will be adding More Holiday recipes and possibly some Holiday recipe round ups as well.
As it is also hard for me to stay on track during the Holidays, lol