Holiday, Sweets, Vegan Food

Cranberry Loaf with Lemon Zest Glaze


This Cranberry Loaf with Lemon Zest Glaze is absolutely delicious! Moist, sweet and slightly tangy thanks to the tart cranberries, with a fragrant lemon zest glaze (that is only 3 ingredients! so easy!). It is perfect for breakfast this week, warmed up with some glaze or as-is with a speread of vegan butter. Greg finished the loaf himself with his morning coffees! This recipe will hopefully get you in a cheery holiday mood if you’re looking to do some stress-baking. Or even just regular baking, because baking if fun no matter the occasion!

Ahhhh, Christmas week. Only 4 days until Christmas Eve! Ugh… typing that just doesn’t have the same happy feeling to it this year. I know my friends in parts of the UK, Australia and even parts of Canada have gotten some pretty sad news recently about their Christmas. For anyone who isn’t able to be with family this year, I am sending you the BIGGEST hug. You will get through this. And take care of yourself okay? There are better days coming.

And in the mean time, bake yourself (or whoever is in your bubble!) this cranberry loaf. Its pretty, festive and better (and cheaper) than the one at your local coffee shop.

A quick note on this Cranberry Loaf

This recipe couldn’t be easier. You just mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry, stir in the cranberries and spread into your loaf tin. Then, while its baking, whip up the super easy 3 ingredient Lemon Zest Glaze, and you are done! I find the loaf is less sweet when it first comes out of the oven (hence the glaze!). But, the next day, after cooling completely and sitting overnight, it is the PERFECT amount of sweet. So much so that you don’t need the glaze to balance anything out!

Looking for more delicious loaf recipe?

Try these…

Cinnamon Roll Loaf

Strawberry Loaf

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

And, before we get into the good stuff, if you make this Cranberry Loaf with Lemon Zest Glaze, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a star rating! I love to hear when you all are enjoying the recipes! Its my fav! And if you have time to snap a pic, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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Cranberry Loaf with Lemon Zest Glaze

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  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf


A perfectly sweet & tart Cranberry Loaf with 3-ingredient Lemon Zest Glaze!


Cranberry Loaf:

  • 1 cup nondairy milk like oat or soy
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (grated peel of fresh lemon)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Lemon Zest Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine nondairy milk and vinegar. Stir to combine then set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the cane sugar, oil, lemon zest and milk mixture. Stir to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to form a dough. Add in the cranberries and stir gently until just combined.
  5. Grease a loaf tin, I use a 5×9 standard size loaf pan (or if you want to use parchment paper, it is easier to remove the loaf afterwards). Add in the dough and spread so top is even. Optional: add a sprinkle of sugar on top before baking.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 42-44 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean or with a crumb or two attached.
  7. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the Lemon Zest Glaze ingredients until combined.
  8. Allow to cool before removing from pan and slicing. Drizzle with glaze. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 42 mins


  1. Looks Deeeelish! Do you think this would work with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 GF flour?

  2. how much vanilla extract? it’s not listed as an ingredient but is listed in the instructions…

  3. Hi Liv! I had a craving for something lemony today and this fit the bill! It’s delicious! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  4. This loaf rose higher than any other loaf I’ve ever made! And I definitely love the taste the day after. I think because I used soaked dried cranberries, there wasn’t enough tartness and I probably should have added a bit more orange or lemon juice in the batter. Still love this recipe and it’s so easy to make!

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