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Cranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!

Cranberry seems like it’s leftover every year after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t know what to do with cranberry leftovers? We’ve got you covered!

Cranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!

Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!Cranberry Nut Bread is, admittedly, not all that healthy. I’m sure some of you fantastic people out there could make it healthy but I’m not all that great. Also, I’ve been waiting to do this post for quite some time so I’m gonna need some love.

After holidays, we almost always have leftover cranberry ‘sauce’. I’ll be honest and say I have no idea why it’s called a sauce, it’s not a sauce. It’s compressed cranberries. Whatever, I guess it will always be a ‘sauce’. Makes very little difference in my life.

Back on point, I needed a way to use up cranberry sauce. Actually, I managed to have an extra can that was going to expire and didn’t want it to go to waste. So, I created this one. It turned out a little soggy, as I used way too much. Don’t worry though, this recipe has been modified so that you won’t have the same problem!

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For those of you, like myself, who hate all the text and such before you FINALLY get to the recipe, I’m sorry. The rating systems that allow you to find our recipes, absolutely require them. It’s dumb, I know. We all do. It would be fabulous to just post the recipe, photos and be done. Alas, they’d squash our posts so far back they’d never be seen and you’d never have known you could make this fantastic cranberry leftovers recipe.

Anyway, I have to say that while I’m not normally a huge fan of cranberry this was amazing. Since the first time I made it I used a whole can, it was too moist as you can see by the pictures. Therefore, in the recipe I halved it.


Cranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!Ingredients:

  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 3/4 vegetable oil
  • 3 lg eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1 c chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 can cranberry ‘sauce’ or whatever you have left over


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Dissolve soda in milk
  3. Mix all ingredients by hand.
  4. Pour in loaf pan or cupcake pan (if desired)
  5. Cook until toothpick comes out clean. For a loaf pan, it takes about an hour. I’m not sure on muffins.

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Do you have any other great uses for Thanksgiving leftovers or Christmas leftovers?


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12 thoughts on “Cranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!

  • Sandy C.

    This is awesome! To be honest, we NEVER have leftover cranberry sauce though. We use it al year round, as a side dish to just about anything! Breakfast, lunch, dinner…I love it! I never thought of baking it into a bread, but OMG what a great idea!!!!

    • I love that you use it year round! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make it any other time of year!

  • Abby C.

    This sounds good! I make my own cranberry “sauce”… about how much do you figure is half a can?

  • I can imagine the lovely smell and its lovely taste! Must be delicious! Cheers from #OMHGWW 🙂

  • Finally! Something to do with the leftover cranberry sauce. Thanks for sharing and for co-hosting with me at #omhgww.

  • I hope everything is going well for you.
    Ive never thought to make a bread using leftover cranberries, this is perfect!
    Thank you for hosting #omhgww
    Take care! xoxo

  • Debbie P

    This sounds really good. I can’t wait to make it this year.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    I am not a fan of cranberry sauce that you get in a can but I like home made. This bread sounds really good!

  • Tamra Phelps

    Cranberry and nuts go together so perfectly. I’d go with pecans, I think. I like that combo.

  • Alice f

    I love Cranberry sauce and eat it often during holiday season. However, I never thought of having Cranberry Bread! Great idea and I imagine delicious.


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