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Cranberry Crumb Bars


  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These vegan and gluten free cranberry crumb bars have a buttery oat crust and topping with a tart, sweet, vibrant cranberry apple filling. They make for a delicious holiday or fall dessert!


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Ingredients

Cranberry Filling:

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups finely diced and peeled apple
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Crust: 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add all filling ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir well, then simmer for 10-12 minutes, until cranberries have softened. Transfer filling to a heat safe blender or food processor and blend for about 10 seconds, until it's roughly puréed (doesn't have to be completely smooth). Set aside. 
  3. In a bowl, stir together dry crust ingredients: oats, gluten free flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, melted butter and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and stir well (or use your hands) to combine. 
  4.  Press 2/3 of mixture into the pan. Top with cranberry sauce, then top with remaining crust mixture. 
  5. Bake for 33-35 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing into squares so it has time to set. Enjoy! 

Notes

Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry crumb bars