This delicious and healthy cranberry lemon loaf pound cake is made simply in the Crock-Pot 6 QT Express Pressure Cooker, is dairy free, gluten free, and has a simple lemon sugar glaze to top!
A Healthy Lemon Loaf Pound Cake…Express!
I have to admit, I’m a lot happier these days seeing festive and fun Christmas decorations in all the stores versus the creepy, ghoulish Halloween ones (eek!). As much as I prefer summer over winter, the weeks around Christmas are absolutely wonderful because you can truly feel the “cheer” in the air. You can also feel the cheer in your tastebuds as all the holiday goodies begin to crop up and many people get into “baking mode”. While baking hasn’t ever been my forte, I do love to create delicious festive goodies this time of year and today I’ve teamed up with Crock Pot to share this mouthwatering Healthy Cranberry Lemon Loaf Pound Cake that I made in the Crock-Pot 6 QT Express Pressure Cooker… I didn’t even have to turn on the oven!
This delicious recipe combines the sweetness of lemon with the tartness of cranberries for a festive flavour that can really be enjoyed all year round. In the summer you could swap out the cranberries for fresh raspberries or blueberries and in the early fall try blackberries or even rhubarb.
What You’ll Need For The Healthy Lemon Loaf Pound Cake
To make this simple lemon loaf you’ll need a few gluten free flours to as well as typical baking supplies and the Crock-Pot 6 QT Express or a pressure cooker:
- Pressure Cooker
- 8” Glass or Metal Loaf Pan (I used this one without the lid)
- Tin Foil
- Flours: Coconut Flour, Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, Tapioca Flour
- Baking Soda & Baking Powder
- Honey, Applesauce, Vanilla
- Almond Milk
- Cranberries (frozen)
- Powdered Sugar (optional, for the glaze)
If you’ve ever tried the traditional lemon loaf at a popular coffee shop, you might know which one I’m referring to, you’ll understand the draw to this delicious dessert. The loaf is dense and moist, but still melts in your mouth like cake. The perfect blend of a loaf and a pound cake. The dessert is sweet, but not too sweet, has a perfect amount of lemon flavour and is truly a crowd favorite. Unfortunately when it comes to “healthy”…it has none of that!
My take on this tasty lemon loaf is naturally sweetened with honey and has only a touch of refined sugar in the glaze (which is optional), is made with gluten free flours for those who might prefer or need to avoid gluten, and contains no dairy products which can also be a problem for many people. There are no artificial lemon flavours but rather pure, whole, fresh lemon that creates a wonderful natural lemony taste. The frozen cranberries bring in that festive flavour and a nice touch of tartness, not to mention cranberries are a great source of antioxidants!
Using The Express-Crock For Desserts
If you would have asked me a few years ago how to bake a delicious healthy lemon loaf pound cake without using the oven I would have been slightly confused. Pressure cooking is relatively new to me but I am so impressed with the capabilities and versatility of this great way of cooking. The Crock–Pot® Express happens to be a pressure-cooker and a slow-cooker in one as well as a browning function and a steaming function. This means you can literally whip up everything from meats and stews, beans and chili, rice and risotto, poultry, desserts, soups, yogurts, to grains in this one handy Crock-Pot.
For desserts like this lemon loaf pound cake you can simply add a pan with your batter to the express crock (placed on the trivet with some water underneath for moisture) and press the dessert function to set the time and desired pressure (high or low). I used high pressure and cooked this loaf for 35 minutes then let it sit for another 10 minutes in the express crock on warm. While each loaf or dessert may need a different amount of time, you can always start with a lower time, such as 20-minutes and add more if needed.
If you are looking for a tasty, festive and healthier loaf or pound cake, definitely give this recipe a try and be sure to check out the the Crock–Pot® Express as it would make a great Christmas gift for that special someone (even if that special someone is you…treat yourself right?!).
Have you made any desserts in a pressure cooker? I’d love to read about it in the comments! Be sure to pin the photo below to save this recipe for later and of course, share the love!
Have a wonderful Day!
This post was sponsored by Crock-Pot. As always the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Can this be made in the oven? If so what would the bake time/temp be?
Yes, it can be, I would start at 350 degrees for 30 minutes then check with a toothpick and go every 5 minutes or so checking until the toothpick pulls clean, especially from the middle!