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Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

This is your basic crumble or oatmeal bar base, with cranberry sauce or jelly in the middle. I am rather proud of myself and used  my own homemade highbush cranberry jelly from the fall and it was fantastic!

That could be that I was just happy to use something I made myself, doesn’t it almost always taste better?

This would be amazing with more jelly in the middle and then served as a “crumble” instead of a square, with vanilla ice cream on top. Warm from the oven and delicious ice cream….yes please!

Ingredients Needed:

1 1/2 cups of quick oats
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup of butter

one 14 oz (398 ml) can of cranberry sauce
or 1 2/3 cups of your own cranberry sauce/jelly

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

This was a Sunday morning baking project so of course, there are little pajama clad children “helping” me bake.

Which was more making a mess but they sure were proud of themselves and I love to get them involved.

Here they are mixing the first 4 ingredients.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Once the kids are done “helping”, take the butter and cut it in, until it’s perfectly crumbly. I find that rubbing it between your palms lightly works so well.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Firmly press 2/3 of the mix into a greased 9×9 pan.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Once the bottom layer is done, pour the cranberry sauce, or jelly, on top.

If you are making more of a crumble, add another cup of filling. This is my homemade jelly so it’s very clear and has no crushed berries in it.

It tasted fantastic. I would love to try making my own cranberry sauce and making a crumble out of this.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until it’s a lovely brown like below.

Cool this completely and then slice into 25 squares. It is crumbly but if you are patient and cool it for a long time, they hold together.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Yum.

Just yum.

Happy baking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

This is a basic oatmeal bar base you can use any flavor of jam with. Cranberry jelly is perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving, or any holiday occasion.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
12
Calories
349
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 14 oz can cranberry sauce or or 1 2/3 cups of your own cranberry sauce/jelly

Instructions

  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients together, then take the butter and cut it in, until it's perfectly crumbly. I find that rubbing it between your palms lightly works so well. 

  2. Firmly press 2/3 of the mix into a greased 9 inch x 9 inch pan. 

  3. Once the bottom layer is done, pour the cranberry sauce, or jelly, on top. If you are making more of a crumble, add another cup of filling. This is my homemade jelly so it's very clear and has no crushed berries in it. 

  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until it's a lovely brown like below. 

  5. Cool this completely and then slice into 25 squares. It is crumbly but if you are patient and cool it for a long time, they hold together.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 349kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 202mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 9.7%, Vitamin C: 0.8%, Calcium: 2.8%, Iron: 7.7%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. A Canadian Foodie says

    Now, that is a great way to use up the jelly! I have been using the syrup on ice cream (naughty me) and it is SO delicious! I was thinking of a pavlova with a high bush syrup gelee. Now, doesn’t that sound refined!
    I probably won’t make the squares. I do not have kids and I do not need to eat them all myself. But, you have me going. Surprise muffins. I made those with my students: a dollop of jam in the middle (dough half way up, jam in the middle, top with dough)… or thimble cookies. THOSE I will definitely do with this jelly next year when I bake (as I was not well enough this year.)… and hmmm….instead of sugar, mix it with apples in a crisp. Oh YUM.
    OK. I just might make those bars… but, I love the idea of the gelee, too. Where are accents for the comments?
    🙂
    Valerie

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