Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  214
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  40 g
  • Fat  5 g
  • Cholesterol  21 mg
  • Sodium  143 mg
  • Potassium  85 mg
  • Phosphorus  58 mg
  • Calcium  42 mg
  • Fiber  1.3 g

Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread is a yummy, kidney-friendly recipe from a DaVita dietitian.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook" by Sara Colman RD, CDE and Dorothy Gordon BS, RN. Submitted by DaVita dietitian Sara from California.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 1 slice


    • 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries
    • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2  cup cranberry juice or apple juice
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest
    • 2 tablespoons melted margarine
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons hot water


  1. Cut each cranberry in half and reserve.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a loaf pan and line with waxed paper. Grease wax paper. Set aside.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda together in a large bowl. 
  4. In a separate bowl mix juice, orange zest, melted margarine and beaten egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until flour is combined.
  5. Mix in cranberries and walnuts. Stir in hot water.
  6. Place in prepared loaf pan and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Test by poking a toothpick into bread; If it comes out clean the bread is done. 
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Cut into 10 slices.   

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 fat
  • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Nuts are high in potassium and phosphorus but may be included in small amounts. The 1/4 cup walnuts in this recipe provides 15 mg potassium and 9 mg phosphorus per slice.
  • To reduce carbohydrate and calories substitute 1/2 cup Splenda© sugar blend for baking for the 1 cup of sugar. Carbohydrate is reduced to 25 grams and calories are reduced to 160.
  • Make an extra loaf and freeze for later.

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Cranberry Nut Bread

annie2012 says:


Is there any other kind of nuts that have less potassium than walnuts? Maybe peanuts? Dietitian [INVALID]: 1/4 cup walnuts=150 mg potassium; 1/4 cup pecans= 120 mg potassium; 1/4 cup pecans=245 mg potassium. Pecans are the best choice and the really important thing is to only use 1/4 cup for the recipe.

Nov. 27, 2012, 9:40 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry Nut Bread

lindajean1 says:


Can dried cranberries be substituted in this recipe? Sounds great. I'm allergic to artificial sweetners, will need to cut sugar in half, but dried fruit tends to be sweeter, so that may offset the sugar, correct? Can't rate it yet, need help first, please? Moderator comment: Yes you can substitute 1 cup dried cranberries for 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries. I agree with cutting the sugar in half. I would also increase the liquid (juice) by 1/4 cup.

Aug. 09, 2012, 1:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry Nut Bread

DonaErnst_ says:


Where are the nuts in this Cranberry Nut Bread? Moderator comment: Good catch! Actually the recipe was incorrectly linked to the Cranberry Muffin recipe. Everything is back to normal now.

Nov. 30, 2011, 1:46 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry Nut Bread

cats says:


Excellent light breakfast food, extremely moist.

Feb. 16, 2011, 2:54 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry Nut Bread

asharp says:


would love to see a good sub for banana bread...gonna try zucchini bread recipe and substitute some stuff and use banana flavoring instead of bananas. any other ideas?

Nov. 19, 2010, 11:44 AM - Inappropriate review?

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