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Orange Pumpkin Bread with Cranberry Glaze

Orange pumpkin bread with fresh cranberry glaze is a flavorful and delicious take on pumpkin bread! Spiced with pumpkin pie spice, fresh orange zest and topped with a tart cranberry glaze, each slice is delicious, fluffy and flavorful. Made gluten free, it’s perfect for the season!

orange spice pumpkin bread with cranberry glaze
pumpkin bread made with siggis pumpkin yogurt

I love putting different twists on pumpkin bread based on the season and this cranberry orange spiced pumpkin bread makes for the perfect loaf for the month of december and the holidays! 

Fresh orange zest elevates and complements the taste of pumpkin and pumpkin spice so well and the tart cranberry glaze is the chef’s kiss on each slice. 

Made with my favorite flavor of siggi’s yogurt, pumpkin spice of course, I love a slice with a cup of coffee in the morning this time of year. The pumpkin spice yogurt adds an incredibly spongy texture to this loaf that I know you’ll love. Yogurt is definitely a pantry staple of mine that I like using in different ways like this and of course having as a healthy snack. 

Siggi’s is my favorite yogurt because it’s made with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. Not to mention the pumpkin & spice flavor is made with real pumpkin! You seriously cannot go wrong with any of their flavors and if you’re making this loaf when the pumpkin & spice flavor is not around feel free to substitute vanilla or plain whole milk siggi’s yogurt. 

pumpkin bread made with yogurt with fresh orange zest and cranberries

No matter the season, siggi’s is the only yogurt you’ll find in our fridge because it’s higher in protein and lower in sugar than many other yogurts you’ll find in the dairy aisle. Find out exactly what you should look for on a yogurt label in this post here.

P.s. siggi’s pumpkin spice is only around for a limited time (it’s seasonal!) so I recommend stocking up the next time you see these cups in the dairy aisle of your local grocery store! Visit their store locator to find a store that carries them near you.

Ingredients for Orange Pumpkin Bread with Cranberry Glaze 

  • oat flour
  • blanched almond flour
  • pumpkin pie spice 
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • siggi’s pumpkin & spice yogurt – if you’re making this loaf when the pumpkin & spice flavor is not available, feel free to substitute vanilla or plain whole milk siggi’s yogurt. 
  • neutral olive oil 
  • honey 
  • pumpkin puree 
  • egg
  • orange zest
  • fresh cranberries
  • confectioners sugar 

Equipment / utensils 

gluten and dairy free pumpkin bread with fresh orange zest
orange spice pumpkin bread with cranberry glaze

Orange Pumpkin Bread with Cranberry Glaze

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
A perfect holiday spin on pumpkin bread, this gluten-free orange spiced pumpkin bread with cranberry glaze is extra moist and full of flavor!
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup siggi’s pumpkin & spice yogurt
  • ½ cup neutral olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest of one orange

Cranberry glaze:

  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray the bottom of a 9X5 loaf pan to prevent bread from sticking.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon: set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, using a hand or stand mixer on low, mix together the yogurt, honey, egg, pumpkin puree, oil, blood orange zest and vanilla until well combined. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on until just combined. It’s ok if a few streaks of flour remain, you don’t want to over mix it!
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.* The loaf is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool. In the meantime prepare the cranberry icing by cooking the cranberries down to their juices. Mix the confectioners sugar and cranberry juice together with a spoon in a small bowl.
  • Once the loaf is cool, drizzle the icing on top and top loaf with extra cranberries. Cut into slices and enjoy!

This recipe was created in partnership with siggi’s — I hope you love it!

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Nutritious Treats

Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Gluten free blood orange olive oil cake is super moist and tart with a delicious blood orange glaze! Made with a blend of almond and oat flour and olive oil and yogurt for an extra moist texture, this citrus cake is as delicious as it is beautiful!

healthy blood orange loaf made with almond and oat flour and olive oil and yogurt for an extra moist texture

Fresh for spring, I’m so excited to share this beautiful and delicious gluten free olive oil cake loaf! Made gluten free with a blend of almond and oat flour, it’s spongy, tart and super moist thanks to olive oil, blood orange and yogurt.

And if you’re wondering if you can bake a cake with olive oil, the answer is yes, you totally can! The olive oil gives this loaf a super moist texture and amplifies the rich orange flavor.

It’s not often I get THIS excited over a baked good that’s not something pumpkin, so when I tell you you’ll love this loaf, I’m not lying. Not only did I make it multiple times to test and check the ingredients, but also because it was just so good to enjoy with coffee in the morning.

With a pop of natural pink that comes from the juice of a blood orange, it would be the perfect loaf to make for Valentine’s Day, Easter, or just spring in general! Because there are different color pigments in each blood orange, the shade of pink you get might vary a little each time you make it.

What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges have a rather serious name for being so beautiful and tart! They get their name from the maroon color of their interior, which can vary in intensity. The peel, orange in color and often also showing a red blush, helps to distinguish it from other oranges. They offer a distinct, rich orange taste with a hint of fresh raspberry and are in season from December to May.

Blood Orange Nutrition

Blood oranges are rich in vitamin C, and contain fiber, folate, and thiamin. They get their red color from high concentrations of anthocyanins – natural plant pigments that have antioxidant properties. Great as a snack, they also make for a beautiful and nutritious addition to a salad like this winter citrus quinoa salad.

almond flour blood orange loaf with blood orange glaze

Citrus Olive Oil Cake Ingredients

Here’s the wet and dry ingredients you will need to make this almond flour olive oil cake loaf:

  • oat flouruse gluten free oat flour to keep this loaf gluten free.
  • blanched almond flour
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg or cardamon
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • whole-milk yogurt – I use siggi’s yogurt every time I make this recipe. substitute dairy-free yogurt to keep this loaf dairy free.
  • neutral olive oil
  • honey – I love using honey as a sweetener where ever I can because it’s pure and it’s just honey!
  • eggs
  • blood orange you’re going to use both the zest and the juice in this recipe.
  • vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar this is for the blood orange icing.

equipment / utensils

  • mixing bowls
  • hand held juicer
  • hand held or stand mixer
  • spatula
  • 9X5 bread pan

This recipe was made in collaboration with Sunkist for our citrus themed week happening on Instagram right now!

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Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
You’ll love how tart and moist each slice of this blood orange cake is! Using the juice from a blood orange in the glaze makes this gorgeous pink color that brightens any winter day. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings 9 -10 slices

Ingredients
  

  • for the loaf:
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup neutral olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • juice of 1 blood orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the blood orange frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ of a blood orange juiced
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray the bottom of a 9X5 loaf pan to prevent bread from sticking.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon: set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, using a hand or stand mixer on low, mix together the yogurt, honey, eggs, olive oil, blood orange zest and juice and vanilla until well combined. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on until just combined. It’s ok if a few streaks of flour remain, you don’t want to over mix it! 
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.* The loaf is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool. In the meantime prepare the blood orange frosting by mixing the confectioners sugar and blood orange juice together with a spoon in a small bowl. 
  • Once the loaf is slightly cool, drizzle the frosting on top and top loaf with extra blood orange slices. Cut into slices and enjoy! 
  • Store in the fridge or covered on your counter for 3 days. 

Notes

* The edges of the loaf might come out a little darker than the top. This will not impact the taste. If you do notice it getting dark on the top while baking tent with tin foil. 
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Nutritious Treats

Orange Ginger Power Smoothie

Orange ginger power smoothie is made dairy free and packed with vitamin C thanks to Cara cara oranges. Add oranges, banana, ginger and oat milk to a blender to create this delicious and nutritious smoothie!

I’m definitely guilty of making the same smoothie combination over and over again. Spinach, banana, peanut butter is my MO! That’s all well and good but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up with a different refreshing combination — enter this orange ginger smoothie!

Made with just a few simple ingredients and easily customizable based on what you have at home, I know you’ll love this combination that’s delicious and nutritious!

Spring is citrus season and this week on Instagram I’m hosting a citrus themed week! I’m using citrus in all different fun and unique ways all week long to show you just how many different things you can do with different types of citrus! From smoothies to tacos and everything in between, citrus is super versatile, flavorful and fun to cook and bake with!

Cara cara orange nutrition

Cara cara oranges are known as The Power Orange® because they contain 100% of your daily intake of vitamin C and offer fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin A in every bite. They may look like a regular orange from the outside, but open one up and you will see the seedless inside is a beautiful pink color thanks to the antioxidant lycopene.

As we know, vitamin C is super important for our immune systems. Including foods high in vitamin C like Cara cara oranges, and other citrus fruits is a great way to make sure you’re getting enough in your diet on a daily basis.

Available now through May, look for Cara cara oranges the next time you’re at the store to snack on or use in this smoothie recipe!

Benefits of a Balanced Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to add more nutrition to your diet in a quick and convenient way. No matter the flavor combination, there’s a few things I think every smoothie should have to be balanced. In order to be balanced and keep you full for more than an hour your smoothies should contain protein, healthy fat and fiber.

All of these components help with satiety which means they help to keep us fuller for longer and more satisfied from the smoothie.

In this orange oat milk smoothie, the protein powder/collagen is giving you protein, the fiber is coming from the orange and flax seed and the healthy fat is also coming from the flax seed or almond butter if you choose to add that in. I personally like using a plant-based protein powder and unflavored collagen (use code pumpkin10 for 10% off your first order!) in all my smoothies.

simple orange ginger smoothie ingredients

Orange Ginger POWER Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or oat milkI love how creamy and thick oat milk makes smoothies but you can definitely use whatever milk you prefer.
  • 2 Sunkist® Cara Cara orangesI love how cara cara oranges look like a regular orange on the outside but are pink in the inside! Not to mention they contain all of the vitamin C you need in a day.
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated gingerthis gives the smoothie a nice little zing plus extra immunity and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed or unsweetened almond butterI’ve made this smoothie with one or the other and both. Both ground flax seed and almond butter give this smoothie more healthy fat for staying power.
  • 1 frozen banana – frozen bananas are perfect for smoothies because they make them even creamier!
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen (optional)
  • Handful of ice
dairy free cara cara orange ginger smoothie

Orange Ginger Power Smoothie

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Orange ginger power smoothie is made dairy free and packed with vitamin C thanks to Cara cara oranges. Add oranges, banana, ginger and oat milk to a blender to create this delicious and nutritious smoothie!
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or oat milk
  • 2 Sunkist® Cara Cara oranges
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed or unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen optional
  • Handful of ice
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Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend over ice on high until thick and creamy. Top with an extra Cara Cara orange slice and enjoy! 

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