Cranberry Oat Bars

If my blog is all about step-by-step pictures with instructions then recipes such as this cranberry oat bars will put me out of business. Why? Cos there arent enough steps to show!! This recipe is as simple as boiling water! Mix, toss, place, bake, cut and the only work you probably end up doing is eat them - which is never work for ppl like me anyways! umm..probably scrub the baking pan would be work but then what are dishwashers for anyways! One gotto use them at some time or the other. While clearing out my pantry, I saw half used dried cranberries and was wondering what to do when I remembered this recipe that I made like an year ago and liked it. I don't recall from where I took the recipe though but its tastes yum. Although I remember the quantity of margarine in the original recipe a little too much for my tastes and have reduced the amount. I am providing the original recipe along with the change I made. Make your pick :)

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup raw sugar ( I used demerera sugar )
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup polyunsaturated margarine, melted (I used 1/4 cup)
1. Stir the ingredients together until well combined. Press this misture in a greased baking pan. Bake it for 20-25 at 375F oven, until golden. As soon as you remove it, score the mixture into squares or any shape you like and leave it to cool for 10-15min.

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By Suguna on Jan 3, 2012

hi dk, i tried the recipe as per your simple instructions but texture seems all crumbly & not as in the photograph posted. don't know where i've gone wrong. i used brown sugar -do i need to powder this?


By Claire on Oct 4, 2013

These look lovely and I will defiantly be trying it looks so easy. How many calories do you think are in 1 bar?

By thommy on Apr 20, 2013

WOW! great recipe, and simple. i did add my own twist to it though and EVERYONE loved it what i added: 1/2cup *FROSTED WHEAT*crumbs, 1/4cup *honey bunches of oats with strawberries*, 1/4cup shaved almonds, 1/4 crushed peanuts/cashews, 2to3tsp *Hershey Coco*, about 4ounces of a fruity soda(i used *Monster*, spread evenly in a 9x13pan and sprinkled a layer of powder sugar evenly on top, then after done baking cut into pieces about 1inch(x)1inch nd spinkle a VERY light bit of powder sugar and turned oven to 200F placed them in for about 5 more minutes and then removed from plan placed them on plate to enjoy

By Empress Lockness on Oct 27, 2012

I have this exact recipe from a book called The Best-Ever Vegetarian Cookbook (1999 Barnes & Noble Books) The Pan used in the recipe is an 11 X 17 inch tin pan, the bars are baked in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Also I find I get better results and flavor using real butter instead of margarine.

By sugun on Jan 3, 2012

this recipe seems easy to attempt. what would be the baking time if quantity is doubled?

By Megan on Dec 7, 2011

I don't know why, but these did not turn out for me. They are more like granola than like a bar.

By Jenny on Oct 29, 2011

I have lots of instants oats,can I use those for the bars

By Colleen on Jun 18, 2011

Could you please peovide the size of the baking pan you are using? I'd like to make these, they look great. Thanks.

I think I used a 9 inch pan

By Michelle on Sep 22, 2010

These are baking in the oven as I type this, and smell delicious. I halved the sugar (and just used brown) and used a couple tablespoons of honey in it's place that I mixed with the butter as it melted. I also added about a tsp of vanilla to the melted butter and honey mix. Smells incredibly good.

By Pallavi on Mar 6, 2009

It was indeed.. Thanks for the entry DK..

By Madhuram on Feb 25, 2009

Yes DK, it can't get any simple than this. Lovely and healthy recipe.

By TBC on Feb 23, 2009

I use my dishwasher too for storage only! :D
I do run it a couple of times a year though to make sure that it stays in good condition... but yeah, I never use it for washing dishes. I like doing the dishes myself.

These bars are worth a shot but I only have frozen cranberries! Let's see what I can do with those...

By Daily Spud on Feb 23, 2009

No, it certainly doesn't get any simpler than that - lovely!

By Curry Leaf on Feb 23, 2009

Love these.I love granola bars and with cranberries they are perfect.Perfect pics as well.I do not miss your step by step pics here as you said nothing is there stepwise,but the pics are so so tempting.

By Lavi on Feb 23, 2009

Bar's looks so delicious,Your Dishwasher has done some good things in its last life, to get a good owner like u!

By Madhumathi on Feb 23, 2009

Thats so simple and very to easy indeed..Cranberry Oat bar looks lovely :)

By Jayu on Feb 22, 2009

It sure is a simpler of the simplest recipes....I'm big on oat bars,just have to search & find cranberries....and u'r blog sure is worth a 1000 visits even without the pics......have a nice day!!!

By Maya on Feb 22, 2009

Simple and delish indeed! I think I will go with your option of less margarine. I used to use the dishwasher also very rarely before, but now am lazy and use it more often :)..

By Siri on Feb 22, 2009

Kya madam, ur photos are becoming better and better. :)) No wonder, urs was chosen for Tastespotting! Could you please send me the link. I am dying to see it. :D


By Swapna Pravin on Feb 22, 2009

wow! awesome pictures. Homemade snack bar is lovely. G8:)

By Vaidehi on Feb 22, 2009

pic looks very nice :) delicious recipe..


By Sukanya Ramkumar on Feb 22, 2009

Looks so good. Sounds healthy too. Nice recipe...YUM!

By fattyjnl on Feb 22, 2009

mmmm that looks good

By DEESHA on Feb 22, 2009

They look beautiful DK

By MeetaK on Feb 22, 2009

I have one word for you: D'LISH!

By Priya on Feb 22, 2009

QUick, easy n healthy bars looks scrumptious..