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Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars

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Chewy cranberry pecan oat bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I’m in LOVE with these bars!

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars

I love making bars for the easiest on-the-go snack. A few of my favorites are Chewy Pecan Raisin Chocolate Granola and Banana Split Bars.

I made these bars last week and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. I’ve been eating one every morning for breakfast (in fact I am having one now as I type this). These are by far, the best tasting bars I’ve ever had, they are chewy and have great texture, made with wholesome ingredients – one bar is a meal and it’s perfect to take on the go. They are also egg free, dairy free, vegan, and can be made gluten free if you use gf oats. Next time I make these, I plan on rolling them into smaller balls and turning them into healthy cookies instead.

The recipe is very slightly modified from the Power Hungry: Ultimate Energy Cookbook. Camilla really knows how to make great tasting breakfast bars, you may remember the banana split bars I made a few month back also from the same book.

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!

You can use any type of mild flavored unsweetened nut butter, such as almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter. Peanut butter would also work perfectly well in this recipe, but it can overwhelm the flavor of the maple syrup. Toasting the oats and pecans adds tremendous flavor, but if you are in a hurry, you can skip this step.

Once made, individually and tightly wrap the bars in plastic wrap. Store the bars at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Alternatively, place the wrapped bars in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Let the frozen bars thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!

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Maple Cranberry Morning Bars

5 from 3 votes
7
Cals:228
Protein:5
Carbs:27
Fat:13
Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm in LOVE with these bars!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 bar

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats gluten-Free, if needed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries chopped (by hand or in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk I used almond breeze
  • 1/2 cup multigrain hot cereal use GF, if needed (I used Bobs Red Mill 10 Grain)
  • 1 cup natural unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and then spray with nonstick spray.
  • Spread the oats and pecans on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes, shaking halfway through, until golden and fragrant.
  • Transfer to a large bowl; add the chopped cranberries.
  • Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Stir in the multi-grain cereal and remove from the heat; let stand for 2 minutes.
  • Add the nut or seed butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Cook and stir the mixture over low heat for 6 to 7 minutes or until thickened; remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Immediately add the cereal mixture to the oats mixture, mixing with a spatula until coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and flatten with the back of a measuring cup.
  • Place a large piece of parchment paper or wax paper atop the bar mixture and use it to spread, flatten, and very firmly compact the bars evenly in the pan.
  • Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.
  • Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Peel off the foil or parchment and cut into 16 bars.

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Notes

Very slightly modified from the Power Hungry: Ultimate Energy Cookbook

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bar, Calories: 228 kcal, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 13 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 46 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 12 g

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75 comments on “Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars”

  1. Kelly Sue…..it is on the top of the recipe.

    Servings: 16 • Size: 1 bar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
    Calories: 228 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 5 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 12 g
    Sodium: 46 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

  2. Made these tonight, they are delicious!!! Just started eating clean and this is a great great. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. So delicious! Made this today and they were a hit by everyone. Any chance you calculated the nutrition? Mainly protein and calories?

  4. The Maple morning cranberry bars are excellent…..the most I got out of one batch was 12 bars. 6pts. For breakfast is plenty filling especially if you follow with a cup of skin milk. Add another 2pts for the skin milk.

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    Pender Island Oceanfront Cabin

    These totally got me through the first couple of months of being a new, breastfeeding – and always hungry- mom. LOVE this recipe. Going to make it for other new moms for sure. Thanks Gina most of what I cook now is from your website and I weigh 20 pounds less then I did pre-pregnancy!

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    Tricia Jagusch

    I made these the other day and they are INCREDIBLE. All of your recipes are a hit with my husband and myself and I've never commented before but these bars are SO good that I couldn't keep quiet. Thank you!

  7. I just made these and they are delicious! Perfect snack for before/after workout or just a yummy treat! For the hot cereal, I found some by Simply Balanced at Target. It's an organic multigrain blend. Thank you for such a great recipe!

    1. good to know! I have oat bran and it looks to be the same texture as the multi-grain cereal. My Dr. has requested I add oat bran to my diet to help w/high cholesterol so I'm gonna try it this way as I can barely get it down as hot cereal!

  8. Gina, I am on a cleanse right now and i can have everything but the maple syrup (due to sugar..) I can have unsweetened apple sauce… do you think that might be an ok substitute? I'm not sure if the maple is needed to hold it together at all…

  9. Hi Gina! Just made your Slow Cooker Apple Butter (delicious by the way!) and wanted to know if I could use that here as well? Unsure since it says unsweetened/natural. Thank you!