Slightly chewy with a sweetly tart combination, cranberry oatmeal bars are full of cranberries and apples topped with brown sugar and oatmeal crumbs.
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes desserts are just too overpoweringly sweet. Especially during the times of the year when we are surrounded by so many rich indulgent foods. Desserts with cranberries are the perfect answer to that.
I can’t be the only one feeling that way. I know, because if I make a dessert with cranberries to take to a gathering, it guaranteed that I will come home with an empty pan. I have a feeling that these easy cranberry oatmeal bars with fresh cranberries will meet a similar fate.
Cranberry oat bars loaded with cranberries and chopped apples bring just the right amount of sweetness to any dessert or snack time. Because they have fruit and oatmeal I would argue they could be considered for breakfast as well.
The layer of fruit between the crust and easy crumb topping is thickened by the cranberries and cornstarch and sweetened by the apples with a touch of sugar. The crust is a buttery oatmeal shortbread pressed firmly into the pan.
The topping is the remainder of the crust ingredients, just crumbled and loosely spread over the fruit. When baked the topping will brown and the cranberry and apples will bubble and smell amazing.
Cranberries are so delicious and able to be used in so many things from sweet to savory. It amazes me how well they work regardless of being frozen or fresh.
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Since cranberries are usually only found in stores around the holidays I always buy extra and stash them in the freezer. And by extra, I mean 10+ bags of them. (If you think I’m kidding, you haven’t seen my freezer.)
To freeze them simply put the entire bag into the freezer. No washing, no freezing them on a sheet pan, nothing. They don’t clump, they freeze beautifully. When you are ready to use them just dump out the quantity you need for the recipe.
Oatmeal Cranberry Bars
Fruit Filling Ingredients
- granulated sugar
- fresh lemon juice
- light brown sugar
- ground nutmeg
- kosher salt
Apple Cranberry Dessert
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the cranberries, apples, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon or whisk until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk smooth. Add the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine until crumbly.
- Press half of this mixture into a buttered or parchment-lined 9×13 pan. Pour the fruit mixture over the bottom crust and then sprinkle the rest of the dry mixture on top.
- Bake for 30-36 minutes, until the crust turns golden brown. Serve warm from the oven or let cool completely and slice into servings.
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Fruit Filling Ingredients
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the cranberries, apples, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon or whisk until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk smooth. Add the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine until crumbly.
Press half of this mixture into a buttered or parchment-lined 9×13 pan. Pour the fruit mixture over the bottom crust and then sprinkle the rest of the dry mixture on top.
Bake for 30-36 minutes, until the crust turns golden brown. Serve warm from the oven or let cool completely and slice into servings.
Calories: 294kcal · Carbohydrates: 44g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 8g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 0.5g · Cholesterol: 41mg · Sodium: 138mg · Potassium: 114mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 24g · Vitamin A: 396IU · Vitamin C: 4mg · Calcium: 26mg · Iron: 1mg