Cranberry Crumb Bars

Cranberries and oats: sounds like healthy eating to me! I mean sure, there are two sticks of butter, but that’s dairy, so it can’t be all bad. Calcium is good for the bones!

These are a take on my grandmother’s date squares. I thought I’d try them with dried cranberries and see how it worked. I added some orange juice to add a little sweet to the cranberries’ tart. The whole thing was a hit at our house. This is a good way to ease into semi-healthy eating (or semi-unhealthy eating, but I prefer to look at things in a positive light!).

I’m trying to work on some breakfast cookie ideas, but I think these are too sweet, and not really filling enough for breakfast, so I’ll keep working on that. Maybe if I added some bran?!

Cranberry Crumb Bars


  • 1 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 lb. dried cranberries
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. orange juice


  1. Place cranberries, orange juice, and brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium head.
  2. Cook until the mixture comes together and takes on a jam like consistency, remove from heat and cool.
  3. While filling is cooling combine butter and all the dry ingredients in a mixer. Mix until everything comes together like crumbs. (Does that even make sense?)
  4. Take half the crumb mixture and press it into an 8″ x 8″ pan. Spread the cranberry mixture on top, then top with the crumb mixture. Sprinkle the top layer just like you would with an apple crumble.
  5. Bake in a 325º oven for 25 minutes, or until the top starts to brown.
  6. Let cool and cut into squares.

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One Comment

  1. These bars look simply delicious! Beautiful photo!