Today concludes my Fun Treat Friday (fall edition) series. I had so much fun creating these delicious healthy treats with all fall flavors. I hope you guys enjoyed it too and I will be sure to have this series again soon featuring many more tasty healthy treats. But it’s not quite over yet. I still have one more recipe for you guys and this one is one of my personal favorites.
To wrap up this series I am sharing with you guys my Cranberry Oatmeal Bars. These are great for Thanksgiving which is next week so it is perfect timing. I use my homemade cranberry sauce to make these so I usually make two batches of it. I use one for this recipe and the other for my Thanksgiving dinner (which I can’t wait for!).
This a great treat to make as part of your Thanksgiving dessert spread. You can also make my cranberry sauce and make this recipe the next day with leftover sauce may you have. So if you think about it, I’m pretty much giving you a two for one recipe here. You’re welcome! (lol).
If I had to choose I would say that Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Everything about it is just wonderful. I love to cook so making a full meal with many sides is like a day at Disney World during Christmas for me. Seriously, I love making everything from scratch from the turkey to the cranberry sauce to the mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. For this holiday I don’t worry too much about keeping things healthy. I make everything old fashioned and traditional recipes with traditional ingredients. Thanksgiving is the time to indulge and not feel guilty about enjoying good food with your loved ones.
I do make a couple of healthy sides like a squash salad with cranberries or green beans drizzled with some olive oil and raw almonds, or steamed mixed veggies. However, like I just mentioned, the traditional sides are still a part of our Thanksgiving dinner. The cranberry sauce is also more on the healthy side because I like the fresh taste and not too sweet from process and refined sugars. I like to leave that room for desserts.
Since we are now slipping into the topic of desserts, this is where I struggle a bit. In case you didn’t know baking is not really my forte. The desserts I have featured on this series and on this blog is as good as it gets. I stick to easy and simple when it comes to desserts. Things that are not too complicated. You see when it comes to cooking I can cook just about anything. I can turn any recipe into my own or come up with my own version or just my own recipes all together. When it comes to baking I find it to be more structured and you really need to know what you’re doing. You can’t just change a recipe around as easily as you can when it comes to cooking. What I’m trying to get at here is that for desserts I am not too involved and usually just make one or two. Usually other people in the family will bring desserts and save the day.
My go to desserts are usually a gluten-free pumpkin pie, my Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Almond Crust, or these Cranberry Oatmeal Bars. While these bars are on the healthy side they still bring a very traditional Thanksgiving flavor to your dessert spread. The outside is crunchy and the cranberry sauce on the inside gives it that gooey texture that melts in your mouth. It is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth after a savory dinner. Like a mentioned earlier on, you can also make these with leftover cranberry sauce you may have. But I do think that it makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner and your whole family will love them. Give these a try and if you’re like me and are doing most or all of the cooking this Thanksgiving, take a break and sit down and enjoy one of these while everyone else enjoys your cooking.
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
- 12 oz cranberries
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest (optional)
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
In a small sauce pan add cranberries and bring to a boil.
Add pineapple juice and sugar and let boil for another 5 minutes.
Turn heat down and bring to simmer. Add orange juice and lemon zest.
Keep simmering until sauce thickens and most cranberries are dissolved.
While sauce is cooking, preheat oven at 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine almond flour, oats, baking powder and coconut oil. Mix well until all ingredients are blended together.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Divide coating mixture in half and spread one half on baking sheet.
Spread cranberry sauce over it. Then spread rest of coating mixture on top making another layer.
Place in oven for 25 minutes.
Let cool and cut into three parts vertically then five parts horizontally making 15 bars.