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Scrumptious Leftover Cranberry Bread

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.


So you likely know how to reuse your leftover Thanksgiving turkey in tons of unique and interesting ways. You’ve probably read tons of great ways to reuse your leftover dressing, including my recipes for Juicy Leftover Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf and Leftover Stuffing and Cranberry Cookies. But how do you use your leftover cranberries and/or cranberry sauce?

It sounds silly to include your cranberry sauce with every meal. It just doesn’t go as well as a side with your hamburgers, parmesan chicken, or pot roast, as it did with your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. However, using cranberries in your baked items adds just the perfect sweetness and flavor to help you enjoy the holiday season and prolong the feeling of the holidays a little longer.

If you need some inspiration, Cranberry Cookies, Cranberry Bread, cranberry muffins, cranberry pancakes, cranberry waffles, and even cranberry scones to eat while drinking your coffee, are all wonderful options. Get creative with them though. Toss in raisins, nuts, dried fruits, or even chocolate chips to liven them up.

There’s no reason to throw out your leftover cranberries just because you couldn’t possibly eat them with another dinner dish. Try out this great recipe for leftover cranberry bread and you’ll be glad you did!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour 10 min

1 hour 20 min

Serves about 12 people 1 slice of bread


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup real butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, (or grated orange peel)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cranberries, (or cranberry sauce)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan with some coconut oil, or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl, dry ingredients first, then your wet ones.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, toss in your nuts if you choose to use them. Fold in until evenly distributed.
  4. Pour the mixture into your prepared loaf pan.
  5. Pop it into the oven and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

The purpose of this recipe is to use leftover Thanksgiving items. If you don’t have leftover cranberry sauce, but instead have leftover cranberries, they would work great too. In fact, if you are simply interested in making some delicious cranberry bread, whip some up with some cranberries.

Want another great recipe to use your cranberry sauce? Try out my Sweet Leftover Cranberry Barbeque Sauce or my Leftover Stuffing and Cranberry Cookies. Honestly, my husband and I have been working hard over the years to come up with some new and interesting ways to use all of the delicious holiday leftovers we have. And we end up with tons, seeing as how we make a second holiday meal at home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas just so we have some leftovers.

We also have recipes for just about any other leftover holiday dish you might have in your refrigerator. Check any of my recipes using your holiday leftovers, like my Incredible Leftover Turkey Chili, Delicious Leftover Turkey Enchiladas, Crispy Leftover Turkey Alfredo Pizza, Juicy Leftover Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf, Leftover Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato Pancakes, or even my Leftover Pumpkin Pie/Apple Pie Milkshakes.

If you have any other great idea for holiday leftovers, or even any requests, shoot them this direction and I’ll work on creating some recipes for them. Enjoy!!

© 2013 Victoria Van Ness


Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on December 10, 2014:

That's what I do with mine! :) Thanks for the great comment!

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on November 23, 2014:

This looks good enough to make a double batch of cranberry sauce just so there will be leftovers. Up, Shared, Pin, tweet.

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