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.
The filling is 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. 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.
Cranberry Crumble Bars
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 47 mins
Total time: 1 hour 7 mins
Serves: 12 servings, 1 bar each