Orange Cranberry Zucchini Bread

Orange-cranberry zucchini bread

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 20 servings

This delicious zucchini bread is flavored with orange zest and cinnamon along with dried cranberries and optional chopped nuts. Sour cream adds to the richness of this zucchini bread.

The recipe makes two small loaves. Wrap the second loaf and freeze it for up to four months.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 cups zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or craisins
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped nuts

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3-inch loaf pans.

  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat or whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, and orange extract.

  5. Stir in the dry ingredients and the sour cream until well blended. Fold in the orange zest, zucchini, cranberries, and optional chopped nuts.

  6. Spoon into the two loaf pans, dividing equally.

  7. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in the center.


  • To freeze, wrap a loaf in plastic wrap and then foil. Place it in a zip-close freezer bag and freeze for up to 4 months. Or freeze individual slices.
  • If you have lots of zucchini, shred it with a food processor and freeze it in 2-cup portions for zucchini bread or cake any time of the year.

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