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Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

with Toasted Pecans

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars with Toasted Pecans

Now if you ask me, THIS is the way to eat your oatmeal.

When I saw these gorgeous bars that Kay from And Then I Ate It shared, I stashed away the recipe because I knew right then and there that I wanted to make them. I just needed to find a time to make them.

Today was the day. This is gonna be my breakfast every day this week … well, that is, if they last that long.

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars with Toasted Pecans

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars with Toasted Pecans

Adapted from And Then I Ate It! I made quite a few changes … just can’t leave a recipe alone!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups oatmeal (any type is fine)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup pecans, toasted
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter until pale yellow. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add the egg, maple syrup and yogurt and beat until fully incorporated. I used my beaters to get them mixed fully because the yogurt and the butter were being persnickety.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix only until they are combined.
  4. Add the oatmeal, cranberries, nuts and chocolate chips and fold in uniformly. (I use cashew pieces since they are about 1/3 of the price of whole cashews)
  5. Add the thick batter evenly to a well sprayed 9 x 9 inch pan (she used a 7” x 11” pan, but I don’t have a pan that size …).
  6. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. It should still be soft to the touch but firm enough to be cook.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes. (The wait will kill you! They smell soooo good!) With a sharp knife cut into bars. You may need to wipe the blade to get clean cuts. Remove bars from pan and store in an air tight container.

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars with Toasted Pecans

This recipe has been shared at Tuesday Talent ShowTotally Tasty TuesdaysTastetastic Thursdays, and Full Plate Thursdays.

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6 responses

  1. Haha, I still can’t get over how massive those cranberries are! Beautiful looking bars… I have a real weakness for white chocolate :) Thanks for sharing!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  2. These look like exactly what I’ve been craving lately.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  3. Those look so delicious! I have a friend who can’t eat regular chocolate so I am always on the look out for white chocolate recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

  4. Yummie looking bars, mmmh…. Love the combination of flavors, cranberrries and white choclate- perrrfect :)

    December 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  5. These are such festive bars, they look delicious just full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    December 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy you new Red Plate and have a very Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

    December 29, 2011 at 10:15 am

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