Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Bread is my grain free replacement for fruitcake. 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 was awesome. 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.
- 3 eggs, beaten.
- Sweetener or choice: ⅓ cup organic maple syrup or honey ( for paleo), or for low carb use ⅓ cup low carb maple syrup (I used this one: http://www.beautyandthefoodie.com/qey1.)
- 3 tbsp butter, melted or coconut oil, melted, where to buy coconut oil.
- ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce.
- ⅓ cup milk of choice: unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk.
- 1 tsp organic GF orange extract *optional.
- 2 tsp orange zest (use a micro plane or a fine grater).
- ½ tsp baking soda + 1 tsp 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, where to buy coconut flour.
- 2 tbsp golden flax meal *optional
- ⅓ cup paleo friendly chocolate chips (soy & dairy free), or for low carb use chopped low carb chocolate bar, I used this one: http://www.beautyandthefoodie.com/ih3c * optional.
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped *optional, can omit for nut free.
- In a large mixing bowl combine: 3 eggs, maple syrup, milk of choice, melted butter or coconut oil, vanilla extract, lemon or orange zest, minced cranberries, and baking soda-apple cider vinegar mixture. Stir together thoroughly.
- Add to mixture in bowl: coconut flour, golden flax meal. 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.
Nutritional Data for Paleo Version: Servings: 8, Serving size: 1 slice, Cal: 225, Carbs: 23 g / Net Carbs: 19.8, Fiber: 4.2, Protein: 5 g, Sugar: 14 g
*All nutritional data are estimates based on the products I used*