Cranberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe -
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe
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Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

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"Nobody can ever seem to get enough of these bars when I make them. They're very fast to make, too."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    13 mins

    28 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 11x7 inch baking pan.
  2. Pour melted butter into a mixing bowl, and beat in the egg, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice together in a separate mixing bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until thoroughly blended. Mix in the cranberries, pecans, and oats until evenly blended. Press mixture into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until top is dry and edges slightly pull away from the sides of the pan, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 20, 2007

I looooooooove cranberries, so this was great. Changed a few things. Didn't have the pie spice, pecans or egg, so I added a bit more cinnamon, chopped up an apple to add to the mix, and used egg beaters. Also drizzled the top with honey and put it in an 8x8 pan. Increased the bake time to 20-25 minutes so the middle would cook. Found that with the addition of the apples it was awesomely sweet (just right for my taste). However, I have some friends doing Weight Watchers and plan to try some adjustments next time for them. Will try applesauce instead of butter, honey instead of sugar (and lessen the amount since I'm adding apples), and leave the peels on the apples (and add another half an apple) to add even more of a fiber kick. Think they will love it as much as I did! Great recipe. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 16, 2007

I was really excited to try this recipe due to the other great reviews.....I have to say it's fairly bland for my taste, not sweet enough, and the texture is more like a health food bar than a 'cookie' type bar....I wouldn't make this for kids, although if you're dieting and desperate these might fit the bill. Follow up: I tried these the next day and was very dissapointed. They're too chewy, dry and I dont feel they're worth the time and effort.

Oct 08, 2007

It was a nice recipe. A good alternative to cookie/brownies. I made 2 batches, 1 as directed, the other I substituted honey (and a dash of molasses) for the sugar and unsweetened applesauce for the butter. That second batch was slightly fluffier, moist and chewy, not crumby at all (the first was). i did omit the nutmeg and pie spice on both. I will try again with even less honey and banana chips, chocolate chips instead of cranberries/nuts. Healthier option than breakfast bars for the kids.

Jan 12, 2008

Fantastic recipe! Very easy! I added an extra egg and increase baking soda, baking powder and salt to 1/2 teaspoon. The bars came out more cake-like. It was a great late night snack for me and the husband!

Jul 05, 2010

I have made these both ways. The first batch I made exactly as the recipe was written, except I did add some dark chocolate chips. The next day, I made them using honey instead of brown sugar, and applesauce instead of butter. To me, both ways are fabulous. I will probably stick to the second method, just for the healthier outcome. They went over better for my kids when I chopped up the dried cranberries. These are what we use as a pick-me-up after our Zumba class every week. Thanks for a great recipe!

Feb 26, 2009

Really yummy, I used canola oil and yogurt instead of egg and butter. A very simple and tasty recipe.

Dec 29, 2009

great recipe

Jan 06, 2010

very tasty! My kids and the kiddos I watch loved them. Moist and not too sweet. Even my husband the sweet tooth in the house liked them.


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  • Calories
  • 225 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 147 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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