Cranberry Crumble Bars

Cranberry Crumble Bars

I’ve got a serious weak spot for crumble bars, in all forms. Whenever I treat myself to a fancy latte from the coffee shop, I can’t help but notice the fruit crumble bars that gleam behind the shiny glass display. They’re basically begging me to take one home! To be honest, sometimes I do. But most of the time I skip right over them, because pastries like these are notoriously packed with calories, fat, and processed sugar.

Thankfully, this cranberry crumble bars recipe is a healthier take on these mouthwatering treats. The base is made from oats* and raw almonds, which are processed into a fine meal with coconut sugar, and coconut oil replaces butter. The result is a much more wholesome pastry crust, that tastes truly indulgent.

These mouthwatering Cranberry Crumble Bars feature a sweet and tart cranberry orange filling on a dense pastry crust topped with crisp oats.

The filling is made from chopped cranberries and orange, which is a match made in heaven (here’s a recipe for a shake that uses both). A sprinkling of coconut sugar takes the mixture from fairly tart to just right. A word of warning: cranberries (and their juice) are quite potent, so can stain quite easily if you’re not careful. I suggest wearing an apron and making sure you wash your hands and cutting board right after use. As long as you’re careful, you’ll be fine — just don’t wear your favorite white t-shirt to make this recipe!

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.

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Cranberry Crumble Bars

These mouthwatering Cranberry Crumble Bars feature a sweet and tart cranberry orange filling on a dense pastry crust topped with crisp oats.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 12 servings, 1 bar each
Calories 218 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick cooking spray

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
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil melted

For Filling

  • 3 cups coarsely chopped 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
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup dry old fashioned oats gluten-free
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1½ tsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil

Instructions

  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. 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.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Crumble Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 Bar)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Fat
¼ Grain Carb
½ Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
1 Carb
3 Fat

Body Beast Portions
1 Starch
3 Fat

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Photographs by Anguel Dimov and Brianne B of Natural Girl Modern World

These mouthwatering Cranberry Crumble Bars feature a sweet and tart cranberry orange filling on a dense pastry crust topped with crisp oats.