Cranberry-Walnut Oat Bread

by Erin

This cranberry-walnut oat bread is just how I like my whole grain bread, hearty but a little sweet and a little nutty.

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In case you live under a rock, it’s the day before Thanksgiving! I hope you have your menus planned and prepped or know what you are bringing to help supplement someone else’s feast. If you happen to still be hunting for the carbs, I highly suggest my Greek yogurt-rosemary dinner rolls or this bread. Because what’s more festive than cranberry bread?

Oh but there’s more than just cranberries in this gorgeous loaf. How about some crunchy walnuts, hearty oats, and the usual fall suspect of cinnamon? I knew that would catch your attention.

Not only is this bread visually appealing, it will also satisfy your nose with its wonderful aromas. With a swipe of honey butter on top you may not even need dessert – but who am I kidding? Bring on the dessert to seal off this food celebration fit for a fat kid.

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Yield: 1 loaf Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Honey butter, for serving


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, one cup flour, oats, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In a large measuring cup (or small bowl), combine water, oil and honey. Heat in microwave in 30 second intervals until it reaches 120-130 degrees F.
  3. Add liquid ingredients to the dry mixture in the mixing bowl. Using paddle attachment, beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  4. Switch to the dough hook and gradually add in the remaining flour and knead for 5-7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Add in the walnuts and cranberries and knead gently by hand until combined.
  5. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease the dough ball. Cover and let rise for one hour or until doubled.
  6. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan, set aside.
  7. Place dough on lightly floured surface and punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll into a 14x7-inch rectangle. Starting with the short side, roll up tightly to form a roll. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in prepared loaf pan. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until indentation remains after touching, about 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool completely.
  9. Slice (toast if desired) and serve with honey butter.
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Source: Adapted slightly from Rachel Cooks.

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Juli November 21, 2021 - 12:04 pm

This looks hearty and amazing! I love cranberry this time of year, but even more than that I love, love, love, oats. I’ll bet the combo is divine.

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Emily @ Life on Food November 27, 2013 - 6:34 pm

I bet this would make amazing French toast too!

spiffycookie November 29, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Yes! I actually plan on making french toast with it :-)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 27, 2013 - 5:05 pm

YUM! This is my favorite kind of bread, though I have never had it with oats. I have to give this one a try! It sounds amazing!!

steph@stephsbitebybite November 27, 2013 - 10:24 am

Oh I can just imagined this toast up with some honey butter

SuperCutePetContest November 27, 2013 - 9:58 am

Ohhhh, I bet this is delicious. I love using dried cranberries when baking!

Vicki @ WITK November 27, 2013 - 7:28 am

This looks so good! I love cranberry bread and would probably eat this entire loaf :)


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