Awesome Apple Cranberry Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 20
Awesome Apple Cranberry Bars: Gluten Free & Plant-Based
  • 8½ cups of apples, peeled and cut into small diced cubes
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp of fresh orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange (use organic), about 1 tsp
  • 6 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups cranberries
*Gluten Free Cookie Crust:
  • 300 g oat flour (about 3 cups-best to weigh, as all flours don't weigh the same)
  • 25 g sorghum flour (about ¼ cup-we use Bob's Red Mill-could use all oat if desired)
  • ¾ cup raw sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher/sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk (*see note above)
  • Reserved ¾ cup of crust batter
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1¼ cup rolled oats,
  • divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Spray the parchment as well.
  2. Mix crust ingredients in a food processor. Mixture will be wet. Allow it to rest 5 minutes.
  3. Pour 1½ cups of crust onto lined pan, setting aside ¾ of the crust batter to be used for the topping. Using an offset spatula or pressing with your fingers, spread the crust around the pan evenly. This will be sticky.
  4. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Place the remaining crust batter into a mixing bowl. Add in ¾ cup of oats, cinnamon, and honey. Mix well. Add in remaining ½ cup of oats, and lightly stir. Don’t over mix this. You want the oats to be visible. Set aside until crust is done.
  6. While crust is baking, make the filling. In a large saucepan, combine apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. Simmer until apples soften, around 10 minutes.
  7. When crust is finished; pour filling ingredients on top. Top with topping by pressing it on top of the filling
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting. It’s best to place into the fridge before cutting. This will make the dough set up harder and make it easier to cut. Serve or freeze.
7% Vitamin C, 7% iron, 116 mg potassium
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/20 Calories: 282 Fat: 13 g Saturated fat: 10.7 g Carbohydrates: 37 g Sugar: 14.6 g Fiber: 3.9 g Protein: 4.7 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe by Garden Fresh Foodie at