Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds

Fall 2003, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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This tender, flavorful version of a holiday staple is made more wholesome with whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds. You can easily double the recipe if you are making these baby loaves as gifts.

"It sounds like this recipe needs some punch. It may be much improved with a sour element such as orange or lemon zest and/or a shredded granny smith apple. I'll also try adding almond extract, maple flavoring, a tsp. allspice and a heavy...
Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds

14 Reviews for Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds


Extremely dry and bland. I used extra orange zest. I wonder if whole wheat flour makes it a dryer coabstinence than white.

A nice basic recipe

I would add the zest of both oranges to give this bread more zip. I'd also use white whole wheat flour - just my preference.

whole wheat flour and flax seeds
Note About Flaxseed

Flax also loses most of its health benefits when heated, although the fiber remains. Healthier to stir ground flax into smoothies or sprinkle on cereal than to bake.

Whole Flax Seeds are NO Flax Seeds

This looks great but I'll use less sugar. And flax seeds must be GROUND and refrigerated after opening if you plan to get their health benefits ! It's easy to find ground flax. Why refrigerate? the healthy oils in nuts and seeds begin oxidizing after opening, which forms free radicals, turning a health food into an unhealthy one.

Modified many small things, loved!

I modified it a lot, but nothing... structural? Besides making them muffins, but what I mean is the base was unchanged. I loved this recipe.

Made 24 muffins (they were small, I might do 18 next time)
Baked for 20 minutes (could bake less, would next time)
Kept cranberries whole (LOVE this)
Added 1/3 cup whole flax, omitted the walnuts
Used all orange juice from the fridge (1/2 cup, could use a tad more)
Added 1.5 tsp almond extract (I was afraid of the blandness a few people were talking about)
Added more zest, about a half tbsp

I recommend it! If you make 24 small cupcakes, the calories per serving stay the same (there are 24 slices accounted for in the three loafs). But they're small. If you do 18 they would be 160 cals each.


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