20 Jan

Cranberry Orange Pumpkin Seed Loaf

IMG_5832by Shubila Khonga     

This loaf is the perfect addition to your brunch menu or as an afternoon snack. Needless to say I have been sneaking slices throughout the day so rest assured it is tried and tested to satisfy you at any time of the day.

These loaves also make great holiday gifts for coworkers, family or church members etc. Wrap them in cling wrap, decorate with some baking paper and a red ribbon and you are set. This recipe is super easy, requires little to no baking skills and very budget friendly.

Let’s get started. You will need:

2 cups AP flour
1 cup sugar

1 egg
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbs. grape seed oil vegetable oil, canola oil all work just as well)
Zest of 2 oranges
1  and 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped  (remember to wash them ahead of time to allow to dry a little)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (toasted but unsalted. Substitute with walnuts, pecans, almonds)

IMG_5804Step 1:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your loaf pans.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) and mix together.

Step 3: In a jug mix wet ingredients (orange juice, oil, eggs and zest).

Step 4: Make well in dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix that well but do not over mix.

Step 5:  Fold in the pumpkin seeds and cranberries

Step 6: Pour into greased tins and bake loaves for 25 minutes and then watch closely. This mix should fit 3 mini loaf tins but you can also use a regular loaf tin. That will bake for roughly 40-45 minutes depending on your oven.

Step 7: Once out of the oven, transfer on a cooling rack. When they are warm enough to handle and you simply cannot wait to dig in then pour yourself a cup of herbal tea and enjoy.



  • This recipe requires the use of ingredients found in the average household.
  • These loaves store well in an air tight container in the fridge. They also freeze well but be sure it’s in packaging that protects from freezer burn
  • Check out how you can turn this recipe into some amazing muffins with a nutty touch “Orange Cranberry Poppy Seed Walnut Muffins” .


Shubila KhongaShubila Khonga

I am an aspiring business woman with a passion for creating healthy, delicious and seasonal dishes. In September of 2014 catered a good friends wedding and that gave me the confidence to start a blog and shares simple everyday budget friendly recipes. There is undeniable joy and pleasure in knowing that others have enjoyed the works of your hands and that is what motivates me.

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