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Cranberry bars

I have never made bars like this…oh boy what was I waiting for!

These cranberry bars are sweet and tart all at the same time…not too sweet though. I think they are more tart than sweet, which is what I like.

I also really like the almond flavor these bars have. I think it complements the cranberries rather well.

I always get my cranberries from TJoes, as it is the only place I have seen them organic. They are a little bit more expensive than regular ones but not by much.

I think these bars can also be made with a variety of fruit filling. I am thinking peaches, and any type of  berries would work really good as well. Come peach and berry season I will be making them again for sure.

So how are you doing on your Christmas baking so far?

I think I am adding a couple more cookie recipes to the list…oh boy…I think I am going to be baking for a while.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy these cranberry bars. They are really high up on my list so I hope you get to try them.

Enjoy!

Here you can see the crust and topping being made. Make sure your crumbs resemble fine breadcrumbs. When pressing mixture with your hands it should stay together, just like in the left picture. Then press mixture onto your baking pan.

Here you can see the bars right after being baked. Cool them completely before cutting.

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Cranberry bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

Crust and topping
 
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unrefined sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1 organic egg
2 tablespoons  olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Filling

4 cups fresh organic cranberries, I get them at TJoe's
1/4 cup honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking sheet with butter and set aside.

In a bowl combine crust ingredients except slivered almonds. I do this process by hand. Just make sure you end up with a crumbly mixture. Just like in the picture.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the crumb mixture and mix in the slivered almonds. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan and set aside.

In a heavy bottom sauce pan add cranberries and honey over medium to low heat. Cook for about 5-8 minutes until cranberries have soften.

Spread the cranberry filling over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved topping over the top. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking until the filling bubbles and the topping is lightly browned, and extra 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting.

Recipe adapted from healthy seasonal recipes

 

Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 16 servings.

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14 Responses to “Cranberry bars”

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    Angie's Recipes — December 8, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    These cranberry bars look crazily GOOD!

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    juflo — December 8, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    hey! no save recipe button!!!

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — December 8, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Juflo,

    you can pin it, bookmark it, email it….

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!

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    Helen — December 9, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    These look delicious! I recently started liking cranberries and I can’t wait to make these.

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    Erin D. — December 9, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    These are so pretty! I love how many cranberry recipes you have. And nice that it uses some almond meal. I think it gives goodies a nicer flavor, even if you use just a little. I’m jealous that you have organic cranberries. I think all our cranberries here come from the US but organic? They need to import those, too!

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    Honey — December 10, 2012 @ 4:07 am

    wow, this looks amazing. I have never tried cranberry bars, and I love that your version is so healthy. Great job. The pictures are just gorgeous.

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    Heidi — December 16, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Oh no! This is reminding me I haven’t done nearly as much with cranberries as I wanted to this year. Your bars look awesome! I make some similar ones for my hubby with just a plain shortbread base(and crumbly top) and he is just crazy for them. I love the sound of this version – and they are so much healthier than the ones I make for my hubby!

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    Stine — December 23, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    I just made these. I made my own almond meal since I didn’t have any on hand and used gluten free AP flour instead of the whole wheat pastry flour. They turned out pretty good! I think I’ll add a small scoop of vanila ice cream to mine :)

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — December 24, 2012 @ 1:43 am

    Steine,

    super cool. Thanks for leaving some feedback. I am glad you like them. You made a GF version, even better!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    tibbah — December 28, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    I also made my own almond meal and used gluten free flour.:) I love raspberry bars and these are a close second!! Thanks!

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    tibbah — December 28, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I baked them a little too long, and they probably cooked faster because I used a thin baking sheet.

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — December 28, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    Tibbah,

    thanks for letting me know. I hope the second time around they turn out better :-)

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    Kendra — December 11, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    Would frozen berries work as well, do you think? These look awesome!

    • Miryam@eatgood4life — December 11th, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

      Yes it will be fine, I would mixed them w/ a couple of teaspoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch though. Thanks for visiting my blog!!

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