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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread Recipe

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread
Back in the day, when I was all anti-establishment and down with the man, I would have never found myself partaking in Black Friday madness. But this year, I’m counting down the days to Black Friday because we need a new couch. Couches are expensive! Sales on couches are good! Do you know what four cats can do to a cheap couch in three years? Terrible things. Oh, the horror. (Cats: This is why we can’t have nice things.) So yes, I’m doing the Black Friday thing this year. 20-year-old me would want to kick 32-year-old me in the shin.

One thing I won’t be doing the day after Thanksgiving is eating leftovers because, since it’s just the two of us for Thanksgiving this year, I decided not to make a big dinner. Sad, right?! Now that we live several states away, it seems silly to go home for Thanksgiving and then go back a month later for Christmas, so we’re opting for Christmas this year. But if you do happen to have Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, save some cranberry sauce to make this Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread
Yes! You put the sauce in the bread! It has to be the chunky kind, not the jellied variety, of course. My mom went vegan earlier this year and over the summer, she sent me a bunch of her famous quick bread recipes so I could veganize them. I’m more of a cook than a baker, but I had fun figuring out how to take the dairy and eggs out of all of her recipes. I also managed to cut the sugar in most of them and add whole wheat flour too. I was pretty darn proud of myself and when I sent the recipes back to my mom, they all got her seal of approval. Which is a pretty big deal.

This is a variation of my mom’s strawberry bread. I swapped out the strawberries for a cup of cranberry sauce and it works out perfectly. And if you still have leftover sauce after making the bread, you can serve it with a spoonful of cranberries on top.

More Cranberry Sauce Things!

If you’re looking for other ideas, a few years ago I posted 9 Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce. And if you’re still in need of a cranberry sauce recipe, here are two that I can vouch for:

Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce // The secret ingredient is ginger beer!

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce // I made this last week (and it’s the sauce I used in this bread!) and it’s delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread Recipe

Use your leftover cranberry sauce to make this easy dairy-free quick bread!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 mini loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce (not the jellied kind!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF.
  2. Combine the ground flax and water in a small bowl; set aside. Whisk the flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk the coconut milk into the sugar until creamed. Slowly pour in the coconut oil, whisking to incorporate it into the sugar mixture. Stir in the flax mixture and vanilla extract, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the cranberries.
  3. Use an oil mister to spray 3 mini loaf pans (3 x 5.75 inches) with oil or grease them with coconut oil. Divide the mixture into the 3 pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove the loaves from the bread pans and finish cooling on a rack.

Notes

If your cranberry sauce has a lot of liquid in it, drain some of it off before adding it to the bread batter. I used this recipe for the sauce. I haven’t tested this particular bread recipe with a large loaf pan, but I have tested it with the strawberry version I’m adapting it from and a large loaf takes 45-60 minutes to bake.

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89 Comments

  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 26, 2013 at 8:43 am

    You are SO right, cats do all kinds of junk to furniture (especially over 3 years!), like they run the house or something! : )

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Yes! They are so darn entitled. And do they ever offer to do the dishes?! Or take out the trash?! NO!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    November 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

    This is brilliant, Kiersten! Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you! And I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving too!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    November 26, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I love using cranberry sauce to sweeten non-holiday foods!! This is such a great idea!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I’ve just used it in muffins and bread, but now you have me thinking about other ideas. Brownies perhaps?!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen
    November 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    It’s just the two of us this year, as well. We’re still cooking a Thanksgiving feast, but as it gets closer I’m slightly more nervous than excited about all the leftovers. I will, however, be making extra cranberry sauce, so I can make this bread over the weekend…so lovely!

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      You will have Thanksgiving food for days! πŸ˜€ The upside is that you’ll get a break from cooking for a while, but the downside is that you will be sick at the thought of mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie after you’ve finished it all. πŸ˜‰

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Mmmm, this looks awesome! Such a good daughter looking over the recipes for your mama!

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      It was a lot of fun! My mom used to make quick breads alllll the time. She would send me to school with big baskets of them for the teachers. It always embarrassed me when I was a kid. πŸ™‚

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    Maria Tadic
    November 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This is such an unique idea for leftover cranberry sauce!!! I love it! It’s nice that it’s really transformed the cranberry sauce in something very different – yum!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      It works in muffins too! I’ve done lots of crazy things with cranberry sauce. πŸ™‚

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    Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today
    November 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

    It’s not sad at all. Tiny Thanksgiving dinner is great as well. Enjoy πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Yes, it’s nice to have a low-key Thanksgiving too sometimes. πŸ™‚

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    Katy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This is a great idea! I tend to never have leftovers of cranberry sauce because it’s so delicious it gets eaten in whole the night of, but next time I’ll be sure to make a double batch to try this out!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      This is definitely worth saving a little sauce for! πŸ™‚

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    November 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I would totally make this… if I ever had any leftover cranberry sauce. But I always end up eating it with a spoon, it’s my favourite!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      I love cranberry sauce, but it’s always the last leftover we have left because I like it in small doses. πŸ™‚ So way after all the other leftovers are gone, we are still working on the cranberry sauce!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    November 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    The bread looks super, Kiersten. The cranberry sauce does the magic, doesn’t it?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Yes! It makes the bread so moist and sweet and just a little bit tart. πŸ™‚

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    November 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Can I just say YUM!!! I am hoping the bed I want from West Elm goes on sale for cyber Monday because they some how forgot to mark the beds down for Black Friday. Jerks! Good luck couch hunting and braving the crowds…Black Friday shoppers scare me to DEATH!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I think the West Elm sale is usually 10% off $100 or more, 20% off $200 or more, etc. Or something like that. Not that I’m stalking the sales or anything. Nope, not at all!

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    Holly
    November 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Happy couch shopping! We need new couches too. Funny enough, little boys do similar damage to couches as do cats!! I am going to take a look at the ginger beer-cranberry recipe. I intended to make a version with port today but have no port in the house. I do, however, have ginger beer!

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Do your boys pee on your couch too? πŸ˜‰ That happened when one of our cats had bladder issues last year–so gross! I think you can sub ginger beer for any liquid in a cranberry sauce recipe. I’m sure it will work!

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        Holly
        November 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        you might not think so…but I won’t go into the joys of potty-training!! ha!

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    Emma
    November 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I just ate a baked tofu sandwich with cranberry sauce πŸ˜€ This looks great and thanks for the links to the other cranberry sauce leftovers recipes.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Ooh, I’m going to have to use some of my leftovers for that too!

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    Joy // For the Love of Leaves
    November 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    That is so smart! Leftover sauce or not, this bread sounds awesome!

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    November 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    What a clever way to use up left over cranberry sauce!

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    We’re not going home for Thanksgiving either. Traveling is SUCH a hassle during the holidays. We usually go home at some random point when we won’t have to deal with all the flight delays and other crap.

    But this looks like a deliciously brilliant way to use up leftovers! I love it.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Yeah, I would prefer to do that too, but our families make us feel so bad for not visiting during the holiday season! And then I feel bad! And everyone feels bad!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! First, I love cranberries so I rarely have to contend with ‘leftovers’ but I love that you kept it vegan, whole wheat, and the color of the berries, the shiny cracked tops of the bread – total perfection! Pinned

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I stressed about the cracked tops because I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not. πŸ˜‰ But then I was like, screw it, it tastes good, that’s what matters!

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        Averie @ Averie Cooks
        November 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

        So in doing cookbook and baking research I came to learn that cracks in quickbreads are steam valves and are highly desired. It means that everything rose exactly as it should, all the fats/grains/water was all in check and voila, it cracked. It’s the hallmark sign of a great loaf! So wear that crack proudly! And you achieved that with whole wheat AND vegan baking….remarkable!

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          Kiersten
          November 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

          Woo hoo! I must be a genius then. Or really lucky. One of the two. πŸ™‚

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    November 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    A Thanksgiving for two sounds so nice. We are going to overwhelm and stress ourselves out by trying to see both families.. ugh. But at least that means there’s a good chance I can snag some extra cranberry sauce because I have to make this bread – it looks fabulous! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Oh yeah, we have had a few Thanksgivings like that. It’s nice to see both families, but SO! MUCH! FOOD! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I just made a cranberry bread too for a post coming up in a couple of days. Mine is not nearly so healthy as yours is. I love your version. I’ll try that next. Num Num

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      I can’t wait to see your recipe! I like unhealthy too. πŸ˜‰

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    Joanne
    November 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I always make an extra batch of cranberry sauce just to keep to myself (and eat with brie! so much brie!) but I think I can appropriate some of it to go into a batch of this bread. And maybe I can even eat it with a slice of melty brie on top…

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      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Brie and cranberry sauce on everything! At all times! πŸ˜€

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    November 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Seriously brilliant! I’m might just have to paleoize this. I’m counting down for Black Friday because I’m going camera shopping!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Yay! Hopefully there will be some good deals on cameras and lenses!

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    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    November 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I’m so sad you won’t be having a big feast this year! I seriously want to invite you our Thanksgiving dinner! And then we can go Black Friday shopping! I’ve done it for as long as I can remember – and I always score some totally awesome deals!! And I chat with all the bleary-eyed shoppers in line! So fun! πŸ™‚

    This bread sounds SO good! I love a good quick bread recipe! And I love how smart this is to use up the leftover cranberries! I’ve got everything but the coconut milk. Considering the snowstorm we’re getting now – I’m not going out for it! Of course it won’t be vegan, but do you think regular milk will work?

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      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Aw, I want to go to your Thanksgiving for food and for snow. I miss snow! I’m pretty sure regular milk will work just fine. Coconut milk is pretty fatty, so whole milk would probably be best. Since I adapted this from a non-vegan recipe, I’m sure you could just adapt it back. πŸ™‚

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    Jenn
    November 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    What a great idea! Good luck on your couch hunt. Ours is self-destructing. The fake leather is dry-rotting and peeling off. Classy.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      My mom had a fake leather couch that did that! Those little leather pieces were really sharp and stabby too.

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    [email protected]
    November 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Kiersten. I just wanted to say HI. I love your blog and you are an inspiration for vegetarian eating for sure.:) Great job! Beautiful shots!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    November 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Hahaha, Black Friday won me over last year when I got a new camera…we all get sucked in eventually πŸ™‚ Hopefully your cats recognize the value of the new furniture πŸ˜‰ Love the use of leftover cranberry sauce!

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      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I got my camera on Black Friday too! Although I ordered it online, so maybe that doesn’t count. πŸ™‚

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