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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Squares Bars

Cranberry Chocolate Oat Bars

Amanda
Sweet, tart, delicious Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oat Bars made from fresh cranberries. Freeze a few bags of berries to enjoy this treat year round
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course baked goods
Servings 16 -20 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz bag of whole cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cup all - purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberries, 1 cup granulated sugar, and water.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the cranberries have popped, and the mixture is thick and a jam-like consistency, about 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° Prep a 13X9 glass baking dish (I suggest Pam/baking spray)
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar and baking powder until combined.
  • Add remainder of dry ingredients (ginger, cinnamon, rolled oats and brown sugar) and mix well.
  • Add vanilla extract, milk, melted butter and eggs to dry mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Set aside a heaping 1 1/2 cups of the mixture, and spread the rest into the bottom of the prepped 13x9 baking dish. Pat down with a spatula to form an even, firm layer.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over bottom layer.
  • Spread the cooled cranberry mixture over the chocolate chips.
  • Spoon tablespoons of the reserved batter over the cranberry and try to spread/pat it out a little. You're not trying to get the whole top evenly covered - the batter will spread out and puff up a bit while baking.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack. After 4-5 hours, cut into bars and enjoy : )