For the Cranberry Sauce Filling
For the Crumble
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup. Heat over medium-low heat, until sauce is bubbling and berries are bursting. Allow sauce to simmer for about ten minutes while it thickens. If you like your cranberry sauce on the sweeter side, add more maple syrup if needed. The crust and topping are pretty sweet, so I like the filling to be a bit more tart.
Transfer to a small dish to cool (or if you are lazy like me, just put the whole sauce pan in the refrigerator. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
While the filling is cooling, make your crust and topping. Add all crumble ingredients to a food processor and pulse until it is all combined, and the oats are relatively ground.
Spread half the crumble mixture into the bottom of a greased baking pan (I used an 8×8 square). Press down with a spoon or spatula so that crust is packed down well.
Next spoon the cranberry sauce mixture over the crust, spreading evenly across the pan.
Take the second half of the crumble mixture, and sprinkle evenly over the cranberries. Try to cover as much of the top as you can. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The top should be golden brown, and the sauce should be bubbling! Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing. You have been warned. If you cut into it before it cools, the filling will still be runny, and the bars won’t hold together.
You can cool on the counter, or even in the fridge. One it is cooled and set, slice into bars or squares. Enjoy!
Casey and I have been devouring these at an alarming rate. And as I type this, I am eyeing the pan across the room, doing my best to hold out for an after dinner dessert. Although I know I will never make it that long.
The oats and fruit make this feel healthy, even though it’s definitely still dessert. Although I could see serving these on Christmas morning too – a sweet treat to enjoy for breakfast by the tree.
Our local grocery stores our overrun with extra Thanksgiving supplies, and cranberries are on super sale. I’m going to grab a few bags and toss them in the freezer, so I can quickly throw this together next time I host mom’s group or have friends over.
As always, enjoy!Powered by Recipage