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Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread

Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread
100% whole wheat bread studded with cranberries and walnuts in every bite. It’s vegan, too!
Yield 1 loaf



  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)


  • Warm the water, milk, and sugar to lukewarm (110-115°F). Add the yeast and let it sit until it’s nice and foamy, about 5-10 minutes. While that’s happening you can chop your walnuts and get the rest of the ingredients ready.
  • Add the yeast mixture, oil, and molasses to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in the flour, gluten, salt, and orange peel. Mix for 2-3 minutes then add the cranberries and nuts. Keep kneading for about 5 more minutes.
  • Once the dough has come together take it out of the bowl and knead with your hands until the dough is nice and elastic. Form it into a ball then place in an oiled bowl. Place the bowl, covered with a dish towel or plastic wrap, into a warm place to rise until the dough has doubled, between 1-2 hours.
  • Take dough out of bowl and knead a few times. Form it into a round loaf and place in a greased Dutch oven. Cover, and let rise for about 40 minutes until it’s doubled in size. Bake in a 375°F oven with the lid on for 20-30 minutes. Take the lid off and bake for 5-10 more minutes or until it’s golden brown.
  • Set bread on wire rack to cool. Slice and enjoy!


You can also shape the dough into a loaf. Bake in a 9×5-inch pan uncovered for 25-30 minutes.
Recipe by The Yooper Girl.

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Review & Comments

Pam | Reply

Can you use fresh orange peel/zest in this bread instead of dried?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Yes you can, Pam!
Happy baking!

Pam | Reply

Can I use regular molasses in place of the Black Strap Molasses? Is there. substitute for the Almond Milk? I don’t usually have that on hand.

Red Star Yeast |

Hi Pam – Yes, you can use regular molasses. Any milk will work in this recipe.
Happy baking!

Tim | Reply

Can I use fresh cranberries, not purchased dried?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Tim – You can certainly try and see how they fresh cranberries work. I would suggest using about 1 cup fresh cranberries.
Happy baking!

Maxine Blue | Reply

Could you use white flour? If so, type?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Maxine – This recipe was developed using whole wheat flour which has very different properties than white (all-purpose or bread) flour. I would suggest trying this recipe:, it uses all-purpose flour and has very similar flavors.
Happy baking!

Teri | Reply

Can this be made in a loaf pan, such as 9×5″ or 8 1/2×4 1/2″? Thank you. Looks like a good recipe.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Teri – Yes! Bake in a 9×5-inch pan uncovered for 25-30 minutes.
Happy baking!

Margaret | Reply

Can this be made non vegan?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Margaret – Yes, you can substitute cow’s milk for the almond milk.
Happy baking!

Pat Miller | Reply

Can the “Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread” be made in a bread machine?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Pat,
Yes, if you have a bread machine that can hold 3 cups of flour (1 1/2-lb or 2-lb machine). Use the manufacturer’s recommendation for order of ingredients. Here’s a link for bread machine tips:
Let us know if you try it!
Happy baking!

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