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Hey Guys!

Today is the annual Blogilates Holiday Party and this year it’s an UGLY SWEATER PARTY!!!! We are almost all set up and ready to go. I will snapchat you guys while we’re setting up Prom Committee style…and then I will show you everything once it is all done and people start showing up! AHHHH SO EXCITED!!! It is my first Ugly Sweater Party ever!

Now, let’s talk FOOD.

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Have you moved from pumpkin everything to cranberry everything yet? I love me some pumpkin spice, but cranberries only get one starring month: December. I feel like pumpkin season is pretty much October-all the cold months. But cranberries, not so much.

I just had to make something using these antioxidant power-houses since I spotted an organic bag of them on sale at Trader Joe’s, but of course, I wanted it to be healthy. The loaf I created is gluten-free and low carb because I don’t use any white flour or sugar. You can make it Paleo by using coconut sugar. I used Monk Fruit because it bakes just like sugar but without any calories. It’s non-GMO and easy to find on Amazon.

The absolute best part about the recipe is that you make it in the blender. I know! The blender! It’s super easy and combines two flavors I love together: orange and cranberry. The dense bread is really filling and only lightly sweet with little tart pops of cranberry goodness. The orange zest adds a lot to the flavor, so be sure to zest your orange! This recipe would be really good with sugar-free chocolate chips, if you like chocolate. Ok- Let’s get to the recipe!

LOW CARB CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD

Yield: 9 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (about 1 medium orange)
  • 2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup monk fruit (or erythritol, coconut sugar or sweetener of choice)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover the bottom of an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Coat the paper and up the sides of the pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large blender, add the eggs, vanilla, and juice. Blend on low for 10 seconds. Add in the flour, sweetener, baking soda, salt, and oil, and blend on low for 10 seconds.
  3. Pulse in the cranberries and zest until most of the berries have broken up slightly. They do not need to be blended fully.
  4. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 40-42 minutes. Cool before removing. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info:

Calories: 256 | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Net Carbs: 5g | Fiber: 3.5g

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Ok gotta go get ready for the Ugly Sweaty Party!!!

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  • Dorothy Wikoff says:

    this looks amazing. i need to make it vegan

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  • Kyoko says:

    I made this with whole wheat flour and oats, and it was so good! This recipe is delicious!

  • Kyoko says:

    I’m so excited to try this!!! :)

  • Julie says:

    I just made this bread and it’s soooo good! I didn’t have any blanched almond flour tho, so I took the regular flour I already had. I don’t know if this made the difference but the mixture was very sticky. I added more orange juice until it became moist again. The bread turned out to be okay! Also, next time, I will try to spread the cranberries evenly with my spatula because they were all in the corners of the bread and only few or none were in the middle. It was still good tho :) Or maybe I will try to cut them in half before putting them in the mixture.

  • Cassie says:

    Yummy! I’ll have to try this with a vegan egg substitute! :D

  • I love that this is FLOUR FREE :) And mainly paleo friendly! (which is what I am!)

  • Abby Pandina says:

    HI Cassie! Merry Christmas Season! Could you use honey as the sweetener? Much love.

  • Kimora Chanel says:

    This does look good! I’m looking to finally change and commit to better eating habits in the new year, any advice or guidance for doing so? Perhaps a blog about the most effective way to swicth and commit to better eating habits?

    Or maybe you’re 1000 steps ahead of me anf the answer is right in front of my face on your website somewhere. Either way, not something I would usually do but this looks good.

    • Elizabeth :) says:

      So I don’t really have any blogs or pages to recommend other than this one, but I can share with you my personal experience, maybe it will be of some help.
      I’ve been struggling with weight and food related issues for some time now, but I finally found a way to make it work.
      First of all, don’t start out by completely changing the way you eat from the get go. I begun by taking baby steps: first, I improved the amount of water I took every day. When that was achieved, I begun to improve my breakfast, changing it from mostly bread and carbs to mostly fruit. When that was achieved, I added another challenge to my list, and so on until I could finally say that I’m eating much healthier. It’s going to take some effort, especially at the beginning, but after a while, trust me, it’ll be harder to eat unhealthy rather than eating healthy. It becomes a habit.
      Another advice I give to you is to not cut off everything. I do think that you should cut off some extremely unhealthy trash that people call “food” like Coke, processed/packaged snacks, etc., but when it comes to a dessert at a restaurant, a huge plate of pasta, or even french fries and hamburgers, don’t completely forget about them. My biggest mistake was crossing everything that I liked but didn’t categorize as “healthy” off my list. I do limit my intake of these kinds of food, but I haven’t cut them off from my life. Even Cassey advocates for a Cheat Meal per week. I’ve heard from specialists and read from sources that achieving an 80-20 balance is the most ideal: 80 being healthy food, 20 being those that could count as cheat meal material.
      Also, remember that this is something you should enjoy. It’s not torture, it’s not depriving yourself from certain pleasures; it’s improving your life and having fun while you do so. I think this is the most important advice I may give to you. You need to do this with this kind of mindset, or else you won’t enjoy the process and give up on it. Think of the benefits to your health in the future, to your current well-being… you can even think of stuff like how pretty your skin and hair will look (because they improve, trust me).
      Have fun and don’t be hard on yourself! It’s gonna be tough, especially at the beginning, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you stumble during the first days or weeks.

    • Julie says:

      Take baby steps. Don’t try to change everything at once, otherwise, you could feel overwhelmed. Also, I think it’s very important to be organized regarding the meals. Try to plan all your meals & snacks in advance, for the upcoming week. If you like sugar, maybe eat less for a while instead of stopping cold turkey. Same thing with soda & any other junk food you may usually eat. Patience & commitment are the keys! Good luck ;)

  • Chantel says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • 1gintareg6 says:

    It looks sooooo good!!! :D

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