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Cranberry Bars

cranberry bar slice

Makes 15

18 ounces fresh cranberries, about 1 1/2 packages

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or gluten free flour mixture

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

2 eggs, slightly beaten

Add cranberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, water, and cinnamon to a saucepan. Heat mixture over medium. Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the cranberries have popped, and the mixture is thick, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour mixture, baking powder, oats, brown sugar, salt, and spices. Add melted butter, and eggs. Spread half the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish coated with cooking oil spray.

Spoon the cooled cranberry mixture over the crust.

Gently spread or plop the remaining dough mixture on top of the cranberry layer.

Bake for about 35 until the top is lightly browned.  Allow to cool before slicing.

These are delicious served with plain or vanilla Greek-style yogurt or fresh whipped cream.

Per Serving: 187 Calories; 7g Fat (4g sat); 4g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 45mg Cholesterol; 152mg Sodium.

Posted December 20, 2012
Comments by Optimum Wellness

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