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Cranberry Almond Loaf

cranberry almond loaf gluten free bread

Photo courtesy of Almond Board of California

I am thrilled to let you all know that I am working with the Almond Board of California to promote healthy and delicious eating.

Why am I doing this?  As you can imagine, I love almonds.  They are a superfood and of course one of my favorite things to nibble on.  I like almonds so much that I wrote an entire book about them.  The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook uses almonds in all of its recipes and is a wonderful symbol of my love for that most nutritious of all nuts.

In my work with the Almond Board, I have written 4 recipes just for them (and you all, of course).  Here is the first one for a Cranberry Almond Loaf.

Cranberry Almond Loaf


  1. In a large bowl, blend almond butter, olive oil and eggs with a hand blender until smooth
  2. In a medium bowl, combine arrowroot powder, salt and baking soda
  3. Blend arrowroot mixture into wet ingredients until thoroughly combined
  4. Fold in apricots, cranberries, seeds and sliced almonds
  5. Grease a 7.5 x 3.5 magic line loaf pan with olive oil and dust with almond flour
  6. Transfer batter into loaf pan and sprinkle remaining sliced almonds on top
  7. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes until a knife inserted into center comes out clean
  8. Let bread cool in pan for 1 hour, then serve

Yield 1 loaf

Slice this Cranberry Almond Loaf and enjoy it as a jazzed up base for your Turkey Club Sandwich. Or toast it and dip in olive oil for a delicious breakfast or after dinner treat.  Personally, I like mine toasted and smothered in goat cheese.

As part of my work with the Almond Board, I will be traveling out to California next week to publicly discuss my love of almonds.  I’ll be doing a couple of interesting things on Friday (stay tuned) and a book signing at Erewhon Natural Foods on Saturday.  Hope to see you at the signing!

posted on June 4, 2010, 76 comments

  1. Elana, I’ll be in California around that same time!!! Contact me via Facebook or email to let me know if we’ll be in the same area :)

  2. johanna

    Can you substitute cornfstarch for the arrowroot? thanks
    i love you site!

  3. Ellie Snyder

    Dear Elana

    I’m happy that you are working with the Almond Board. Are you aware that California almonds must now be “sterilized” before going to the consumer? This is either a heat process or a chemical process that is not totally safe.

    I only use almonds from Italy or other countries so as not to have to use these almonds. The Almond Board insists there is no degradation of nutrients but I don’t believe they carry their analysis far enough to be credible.

    I do make an exception using Almond Flour for your recipes but believe me if I could get another source I would do so.

    I am among the consumers working to create an end to this process or at least honesty in labeling. The Board does not differentiate the treated almonds from totally raw and insists on calling them raw even though they have been treated. I believe the problems come from poor handling and not an intrinsic problem with California almonds.

    Keep up your good work.


    • Katherine


      I totally agree with your statement about wanting to make sure that your nuts are truly raw. The pasteurization process for these almonds as a “rule” seems pretty absurd. I would suggest using a food processor or high speed blender to make your own almond flour out of the truly raw that you purchase. It is cheaper than some almond meals/flours that you can buy, and it will guarantee that they have not been pasteurized. Of course if you’re going to bake this flour in the oven, you will not be keeping the enzymes fully intact in your recipe anyways, so it is not necessarily worth the extra step.
      Love the website! Happy baking!

  4. christin

    You should only use organic nuts and seeds.
    Poor almond farming practices are one of the main reasons bee’s are dieing off at such an alarming rate.
    Also you should also soak the nuts before you eat them. They are very high in Phytic acid.

    I’m going to go start my nuts..I can’t wait to try this. YUM!!

  5. Lisa

    This looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try ii, though I may substitute coconut oil.
    Enjoy your talk at Erewhon, that is my favorite health food store in LA.
    I would have loved to come to your signing, but Saturdays don’t work for me.

  6. Arrowroot powder is too starchy for me… Do you think this would work with coconut flour instead?

    I’ll have to experiment because it sounds wonderful!

  7. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    Congrats, Elana! It’s wonderful that you’re able to continue your work on a larger platform. I wish you all the best.

    And, your Cranberry Almond Loaf looks fabulous.

  8. Anne Marie Snyder

    Great to hear that you will be in Davis in August. I usually go to the Sacramento Celiac Sprue Assoc. Meetings but I’ll definitely plan to come to Davis to meet you. Can’t wait. Your cookbook has been such a blessing for my health!!

  9. Primal Toad @ primaltoad.com

    This looks delicious! That’s awesome that you are working with the Almond Board of California! Good luck!

  10. What a beautiful photo! Congrats on working with the Almond Board of California. Can’t wait to see the other recipes!

  11. I really want to try this. I know I don’t have that much arrowroot around. I’ll look for a sub option, otherwise this will have to wait a bit. Now I’m hungry for apricots!

  12. Congratulations on your new endeavors! How exciting!

    This looks delicious – and I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry and frig. I am bookmarking this one to make sometime soon. I think I will try it with some goat cheese…

  13. paula owen

    I would really like to know if you can give a calorie count for your recipes you have wonderful recipes!!!!

  14. Gratefully Gluten Free @ https://www.gratefullygf.com

    This bread is awesome! I made some last night and it is outstanding! I used my all purpose gluten free flour with millet, in place of the ones called for in the recipe and it is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ellen

    Hi Elana. I have started reading “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour cookbook” as well as checking some of the recipes on your website. What is the purpose of arrowroot in this recipe, and in some of the muffin recipes in your cookbook?

    I ask because I need to figure out a suitable substitute for the arrowroot, given that I have to adhere to the rules of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I used to use arrowroot as a substitute for cornstarch when I made my own baking powder, because I am allergic to corn. Now that I am on SCD, I use only baking soda and not baking powder.

    By the way, I have baked your recipe for breakfast bars a few times, substituting clear honey for agave nectar, with excellent results. I don’t have celiac disease or diabetes, so I don’t have to worry about the glycemic index of honey. I am allergic to sunflower seeds, so I have been substituting coarsely chopped pecans for the sunflower seeds in that recipe.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jeanine

      Hi Ellen,
      Im guessing you may have found out by now but tapioca flour is an ideal substitite for arrowroot flour. It has the same fineness, consistency etc, and here in NZ much more cheaper to buy. We stock at the specialty store I work at or it can be found in asian or south american foodstores too as it is a common and traditional ingredient.And lets not forget, still grain free, tapioca/cassava is a root food source too.

    • Nancy

      I also eat Gf/SCD. I use all Elana’s recipes.I sub small amounts of
      coconut flour for arrowroot with perfect results.
      In Elana’s lemon biscotti recipe which I doubled, I use 1 1/2 tblsp. of coconut flour instead of the arrowroot.I use honey instead of agave. I increase the baking soda to 1 tsp. I also increase the lemon zest to 2+ tblsp. Equally nice with orange zest. Cinnamon is another fav- 1 to 1/12 tblsp.

  16. Hello Elana!!

    I so love your COOL foodblog & your tasty & fab recipes!!
    I have tried a few because since 4 weeks, I am eating gluten free because I am gluten sensitive. I have lots more energy, I feel a lot better & I lose weight at the same time too!

    This almond & cranberry bread aka cake looks just STUNNING!!!

    Many greetings from a foodie fan from Brussels, Belgium!!!

    • Anton Smitsendonk

      I live in Paris and in Paris I cannot find the sour real Californian dried apricots.
      (Not the sweet Turkish variety)
      Next week I have to travel to Brussels, and I had some hope that I could find those sour californian apricots in Brussels, since I remember having found them in Holland.

      Do you give me the good news that indeed I might find that apricot variety in Brussels?
      Where to look ?

      your grateful
      (my wife while writing and telephoning) nearly LIVES on californian sour apricots.

  17. Mary

    I tried this today. I would like a bit sweeter, and would add Agave nectar or honey if I made again. Also, it was a bit dry. Try testing before the 40 minutes.

  18. lulu

    I spent quite a bit of money getting the exact ingredients for this recipe. My criticism is that it was overly salty, not sweet at all and very dry. As an adept baker, I’m curious what I could have done wrong. I followed the directions with attention and still the product was terrible. This rarely happens to me. I’m terribly disappointed and wondered if others have had better luck with this recipe.

    As an aside, you also refer to using almond flour to dust the pan yet it isn’t in the list of ingredients (I pay attention to details.)

    Thanks for your effort but no thanks. I have other gluten free recipes that are far more tasty than this was. Overall it was an expensive failure.

    • Jennifer

      Hello LuLu,

      I’m surprised by your experience with this loaf. I just pulled it out of the oven and it turned out fabulous. These muesli type breads can be a little drier but I like how sturdy they are and the cranberries make it pretty moist. I’m eating it right now and could eat it all day!

      Did you use all the ingredients she specified in the recipe?- like creamy roasted almond butter? Because if you did, it will turn out perfect like mine!

      • lulu

        Jennifer, Yes, I used every ingredient, exactly, as specified. I’m baffled. I’ve been cooking gluten free for several years so I’m no stranger to the difference in textures when it comes to grains and flour substitutions in breads and baked goods. If it wasn’t so costly, I would try it again but frankly I just don’t trust that the recipe is sound. I’m glad it worked for you though.

        • Mary Fitzpatrick

          I used blanched almond flour instead of arrowroot powder. And added 2 tablespoons of B grade maple syrup (for moisture). You can slice and store in a plastic oontainer which tends to dampen the bread, making it
          more moist. I keep my container in the refrigerator. FYI I do not store any of Elana’s other breads in a plastic container.

  19. FAY FOX



  20. PACKED with NUTRITION!!! Looks delicious. I am imagining it slathered with melted (ahem) butter! Beautiful recipe. The almond board couldn’t have picked a better chef.

  21. I love almonds, too, so I am doubly thankful I found your blog since we recently discovered some wheat/gluten issues in our family. I can hardly wait to try this recipe! It looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your talents and your recipes.

  22. Lindie

    I have all the ingredients now but am concerned that maybe almond flour was left out. Seems to me a loaf of this needs more than a 1/4 cup of arrowroot.

    • Levee

      First attempt at GF baking although as a teen I was employed in a bakery that specialized in GF products. Am also concerned about the lack of flour… Recipe says “pour” the batter into pan…? Could not have done so ever as dough rather thick and not at all fluid. Loaf is currently in the oven and I am anticipating a taste if this beautiful looking bread. Will post results once complete.

  23. Kirsten

    I think that this would be really fun to make with my mom. We are always looking for new gluten free recipes to make.

  24. Laura @ Family Spice @ familyspice.com

    Although this was a bit on the dry side, it’s great with a bit of cream cheese and a drizzle of honey, jam or agave nectar. I like that you can control the amount of sweetener to your treat. Unfortunately, many quick breads are too sweet and are more like cakes. We need to detox our taste buds and reduce our sugar intake. This bread is great with my morning tea!

  25. Shelby

    Could I use fresh cranberries instead of dried ones?

  26. Abigail

    I’ve only ever used fresh cranberries :) Dried are always sweetened.

  27. Sara @ This Mom Loves... @ sara-thismomloves.blogspot.com

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. We just went completely grain-free this year and I really miss the treats. This really was a great find. Thank you.

  28. Cynthia

    Great bread! It’s quite salty if eaten alone but it’s perfect with some sort of fruit preserves on it. I will half the salt next time. I cooked the bread on the bottom rack for exactly 35 minutes and then moved it to the middle rack for the last 5 minutes and it came out just perfect. Thank you for the awesome recipe. I bought your book sometime in January but have misplaced the book somewhere so I’ve been coming here for your recipes. Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes!

  29. Alicia

    I made this last night and ate it today with some goats cheese and turkey! It was the perfect flavor combination and was so festive, as Thanksgiving is approaching next week. I have a Celiac relative coming to my home for the holidays, so I will be making this for her!

  30. resonnant

    Where do you find these size pans? I can’t find them anywhere so I can’t make the bread until I do. Suggestions on where to shop for them are welcome. :)

    • Mary Fitzpatrick

      I found this exact size pan on Amazon.com. But instead of the Magic Pan brand, I found another brand (anodized, so no chance of aluminum leaching into your baked goods) for the half the price. It works beautifully. Wish I would have bought two!

  31. Risa

    I just can’t follow a recipe ;)
    I owned this with some changes and they are great. No sesame seeds so I used macadamia chopped. Had a jar of sunflower butter so I used it instead of the almond butter. Used avacodo for oil.
    All done mixing and just had to add in some really small rice, no milk chocolate chips and that led to fresh orange rind.
    It looked like cookie dough and my need for instant gratification gave way to scooping out two medium chunks and cooked at 350 for 12 minutes. Cookies, it makes cookies! They were delicious and now the large muffins are cooking.

  32. AnnieB

    Based on the comments above, I added 2 T coconut oil (to combat the reported dryness) orange zest (because I love cranberry and orange together) and 1/4 c erythritol for sweetner. It is pretty dense, but great after cooling and refrigerating for several hours and spread with cream cheese, IT’S GLORIOUS! Haven’t had a failure with these recipes yet.

  33. ANNA

    Is anyone concerned that the pan recommended is aluminum? I’ve read that contributes to Alzheimer’s.

    Has anyone found a pan this size that is glass or ceramic?

    Or if aluminum is not a problem for cooking I’d love to see the data.

    • Mary Fitzpatrick

      Amazon.com has an annodized aluminum pan this size (different brand at half the price of Magic Pan) that keeps aluminum from leeching into your baked goods. Alumimum is also not good to use if you are celiac.

  34. Kristin

    I think I will bake this bread and then slice it very thin and rebake it to make crackers or crisps. I will add kalamata olives and fig to the bread. We will see!

  35. julie

    I (we ) love LOVE your cookbook! The sesame crackers are more enjoyable than Doritos ever were. I could go on. The cookies, lemon bars, cupcakes, etc. We keep the broken cookies for granola. Pure delight to use each time. julie

  36. Sally

    I finally made the time to bake this and the Paleo Breakfast Bread. It is delicious – the first time I have enjoyed bread this much in a long, long time! It is great with a cup of tea in the afternoon as a little ‘pick-me-up’ (I had to work very hard to limit myself to 2 slices today!). I baked the Paleo Breakfast Bread as muffins and they also turned out wonderfully. Thank you for your hard work with these recipes!

  37. Michele

    Added a little ORANGE ZEST for a little zing! Delicious !!

  38. Yvonne @ yvital.nl

    What could I use instead of arrowroot powder? 1 egg? Gr Yvonne

  39. Annelise

    baked the almond cranberry bread. came out perfect! thanx for the recipe!

  40. must make tomorrow! thanks! Is this bread on the moister side, it looks like it.

  41. Valerie @ valeriedubuc.com

    Hi, I was wondering if I could exchange arrowroot with something else. Thank you!


  42. Gertie

    I realy liked this bread, but the strangest thing happened. I replaced the almond butter with 2/4 cup sunflower-butter + 1/4 cup tahini + 1Tb olive oil and the bread turned out bright green!

  43. Chelsea

    Just made this tonight and let me just say it was OUTSTANDING! I added some ground cinnamon to it and a few extra cranberries and it turned out great! A little honey drizzle to my slice and it brought out all the flavors. Just ordered your almond cookbook and your new Paleo book! Can’t wait to enjoy more amazing recipes!

    P.S. My grandmother had a little loaf pan the size you called for so I’m lucky I have a grandmother that keeps everything. :)

    Thanks for inspiring me!

  44. Caroline

    This recipe is amazing. Moist, packed full of nutrition and better yet, absolutely yummy. Thank you.

  45. Gwen B.

    I’m not sure what has happened but for us, this bread has been a disaster. Inedible. I’ve checked the recipe and our steps four times and we’ve followed it exactly. It’s extremely salty and my youngest child says it tases like “Passover”? (we were invited to taste some Passover cultural cooking and I believe some of the baking items were from a box and tasted funny. maybe they used arrowroot too? I’m not sure). The ingredients were expensive and this was a terrible waste. No one has even been able to swallow a bite- they’ve all spit it out and sworn it off. I know my way around the kitchen but cannot imagine what’s wrong. Some of our favorite recipes are from this site. This did look wonderful out of the oven. The texture and flavor are such a shame. Thanks for the good intentions.

  46. LolaVonSkilet

    Thanks for posting this one.

  47. Lesley Ramsey

    I didn’t have all the ingredients soooo I substituted raw cashew paste for the almonds,and raisins for the apricots..the end result is fabulous, a couple of slices with goat butter or jam makes a wonderful breakfast. Thank you very much for your blog, it has bee invaluable!

  48. Roni Sher

    I’m curious about using dried fruit. I just began reading about Paleo and I thought dried fruit is not included.

    I have been cooking with your recipes for awhile – my book is nice and worn. Interesting in making this shift to Paleo how it’s back to the beginning for me.


  49. MAJA

    so good, one of the best paleo recipe, Thank you again!

  50. Shida

    I got so excited knowing you are coming to California, but you are going to Los Angles…..Sad face, I wish you were coming to awesome San Francisco.

  51. Thanks for the recipe and one of the best recipe.

  52. Carole

    One of my besties made this bread and brought it to our pot luck. Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! My husband and I both loved it. I’m going to experiment with making a holiday “fruit cake by doubling the amount of dried fruits, adding a good bit of orange zest, and possibly adding some shredded coconut as well. If it turns out, I plan to make a bunch of mini loafs to send out as Holiday gifts to family and friends. YUMMERS!

  53. I love almonds, too, so I am doubly thankful I found your blog

  54. Becca G.

    I saw your turkey club recipe that calls for this bread and since I had freshly roasted turkey on hand I had to make this bread. Mine came out perfectly and I’m no baker – I knew going into this that it wasn’t intended to be a sweet bread. I couldn’t wait for it to cool, I sliced a warm piece and devoured it, then had one with goat cheese (divine), and lastly, a turkey sandwich – excellent combo! I’m so thankful for this recipe, thank you!

  55. Stacy

    Absolutely my favorite bread recipe! I love it toasted with goat cheese or grass fed butter. Yum! Thanks for a great recipe!

  56. Mary Fitzpatrick

    Diagnosed celiac 5 years ago. This particular bread really seems to agree with both my upper and lower GI tracts. Two slices, 6 oz plain whole fat yogurt and a pear or grapple or cup of berries for breakfast and I am not hungry until 4 or 5 p.m. Been doing this for three weeks and am now off of my 2 Prilosec a day, prescribed by my celiac specialist. Nutrition solution vs RX; bread wins. And I feel so much better, plus I am losing weight (and bloat) because this bread is so filling. Also, remarkably, this bread is not as dense as some of your other recipes…for anyone looking for a lighter texture.

  57. April Lindsay @ aprillindsay.com

    I have just found out that I am intolerant to eggs! I have been making and DEVOURING this bread for a while now but since discovering the intolerance to eggs, I am really missing this bread. Can you suggest an egg replacement? Thank you.

  58. Ruki

    I think I had the same problem a few others had with this loaf – I used sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds when what I think Elana actually means is peppitas (pumpkin kernels) and sunflower kernels). I am not sure why I did not realise this when I bought the seeds instead of the kernels. The loaf was inedible and very salty. I will definitely make this again, but this time with the kernels instead of seeds!

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