This Orange-Pecan Sweet Bread is super moist, easy to make and topped with a delicious orange glaze and chopped pecans!


There is just something about making homemade bread on a cold, rainy day that seems to just calm the soul and brighten your spirit.

And it’s also a way to satisfy that sweet tooth and make your home smell amazing, all at the same time!

And luckily I trick myself into thinking it’s consuming totally-god-awful-fattening-horrible-things-that-taste-insanely-good when in reality, it’s lightened-up and low in fat and calories.  Yeah I can be sneaky like that.  But sometimes it’s essential to enjoy the sweet things in life and this bread is no exception.Sweetened using fresh orange juice and orange zest, this bread calls for zero butter and just a touch of sugar.  I substituted the buttermilk for fat-free milk and added just a scant tablespoon of lemon juice.  Fun fact?  You can create your own buttermilk simply by adding lemon juice or vinegar to your milk and allowing it to sit for about 10 minutes.  The added acidity is what creates your buttermilk and saves you a trip to the store!

I mean how could you not want to make this bread??  No rising required in this deliciousness either, that’s the great thing about sweet breads.  You throw it all into a bowl, mix it up and pour it in your pan.  Done.  I also added a hint of cinnamon, well, because I just love the stuff.  Seriously this is a winner folks and has been my breakfast of choice for the past few days now (and quite possibly my dessert too…shh.)

Hope you enjoy!

5 from 2 votes

Orange-Pecan Sweet Bread

This Orange-Pecan Sweet Bread is super moist, easy to make and topped with a delicious orange glaze and chopped pecans!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped pecans, toasted
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in the center of the mixture and set aside.
  • Now in a medium bowl using a whisk, combine the sugar, milk, lemon juice, pecans, oil, orange juice, zest and eggs. Add to your flour mixture and stir with a spoon just until moist.
  • Pour your batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake your bread at 350 degrees F for about 45 to 48 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes and remove bread and place on wire rack. Allow to cool completely.
  • For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice, whisking until smooth. Drizzle glaze over your bread and sprinkle with pecans. Enjoy!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.4g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 0.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Sharon Marcello says:

    Your bread looks so amazing that I made it for a breakfast party at work tomorrow without even trying it first. I substituted unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the low fat milk. I bet it will be great. The bread smells amazing. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

  2. Hanna says:

    Yes I would also like to know if it’s regular whole wheat flour ….

    1. Kelly says:

      Yes regular whole wheat flour! 🙂