Seasonal Home Cooking

Cranberry Oat Bars

Cranberry Oat Bars

Oat bars are a really easy thing to make, they can be made with minimal dishes, always a plus, and they have oats which are a good nutrition source. From that logic, we can conclude we can eat these for breakfast now right? Right. These bars go so nicely with a cup of coffee or tea. You can make oat bars with fresh fruit, jam, preserves, or in this case left over cranberry sauce! I think most people end up with a lot of left over cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, and I love to turn left overs into something entirely new.

I based this recipe from one I saw from Smitten Kitchen’s Date Breakfast Squares. I omitted some spices, the cranberry sauce I had, I felt used enough of them. You can adjust the spice level according to your taste.

Cranberry Oat Bars




Makes 9 Squares.



2 Tbsp brown sugar, light or dark

1/4 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup butter melted, you may also substitute coconut oil

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup whole wheat flour*

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp baking soda


1/2 cup leftover cranberry sauce


*you can use a mix of flours, whole wheat gives the bars a nice nutty flavor



  1. Preheat oven to 400 F, and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper or grease with butter.
  2. Melt butter in large glass bowl.
  3. Whisk in both brown and raw sugar.
  4. Add cinnamon, flour, oats, salt and baking soda and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  5. Press half of the crumble into the pan. I ended up using the back of a spoon to press the crumble in well. It does not seem like a lot of crumble mixture it will be very thin, but that is okay.
  6. Spread 1/2 cup of the leftover cranberry sauce onto the crumble mixture.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining half of the crumble over the cranberry sauce. Press in gently.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, the oats will be golden and your house will smell wonderful.
  9. Allow the bars to cool well. Cut into 9 bars, these will keep in an air tight container for a few days and they also freeze really well.
    Cranberry Oat Bars