Cranberry Crumble Bars

Cranberry Crumble Bars

These bars have a filling made from chopped cranberries and orange, which is a match made in heaven. A sprinkling of coconut sugar takes the mixture from fairly tart to just right.

The process for making these cranberry crumble bars would work just as well with other fruits, such as apples, blueberries, or even strawberries. I especially love the cranberry combination at this time of year, but feel free to experiment once you get the hang of it!

*This cranberry crumble recipe calls for gluten-free oats, but if you are not avoiding gluten, you can use regular rolled oats.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup dry old fashioned oats gluten-free
  • 1 cup whole raw almonds
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp.  coconut oil melted or melted butter

For Filling

  • 3 cups cranberries
  • ¼ cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. finely grated orange peel (orange zest)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch (preferably GMO-free)

For Topping

  • 3 Tbsp. coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp  all-purpose flour (can be gluten free)
  • ¼ cup dry old fashioned oats (can be gluten-free)
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1½ tsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil or butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside.
  3. To make crust, place oats, almonds, salt, and sugar in food processor (or blender); pulse into a fine meal. Make sure no large pieces remain.
  4. Add oil; pulse to mix. It should form a loose dough that sticks together when squeezed between two fingers. Add more oil if too dry.
  5. Spread oat mixture into prepared pan. Press into an even layer with your fingers or a flat object (like a drinking glass).
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Increase heat to 375º F. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until crust is fragrant and edges are slightly golden brown. Set aside.
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 350º F.
  8. To make filling, heat cranberries, orange juice, orange peel, sugar, and cornstarch in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until bubbly and cranberries pop. Set aside.
  9. To make topping, combine sugar, flour, oats and oil in a small mixing bowl; mix with fork until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
  10. Add cranberry mixture to crust; cover evenly.
  11. Top with crumble topping; cover cranberries evenly.
  12. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cranberry filling is warm and bubbly and topping is golden brown.
  13. Cool completely for 1 to 2 hours. Lift parchment paper from pan; cut into 12 bars.