B is for Baking: Cranberry Oatmeal Pecan Bars
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As soon as Thanksgiving time comes around, I start thinking about all things cranberry. I love the tartness that dried or fresh cranberries can add to a dish. I usually have whole cranberries frozen in the freezer and a bag of dried cranberries in the pantry. A handful of frozen whole cranberries adds an elegant touch to a glass of cold ice water, soda water with lime or sparkling white wine. Yum! A few dried cranberries are a delicious addition to a salad or a bowl of oatmeal. Another one of my favorite ways to use cranberries is in this recipe for cranberry oatmeal pecan bars. These bars are dense and chewy and bursting with flavor. They are delicious with a hot cup of coffee, but sweet enough to be served for dessert. Are you ready to make this great recipe? Here we go:
My tiny baking assistant
Look at all that chewy goodness!
- My egg separator is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. How do you separate egg whites without one?
- Another kitchen tool I absolutely adore is my small silicon spatula. It makes getting every last drop of batter out of the bowl a snap.
- Experiment with different kinds of dried fruit – raisins or dried cherries would be delicious.
- Try different kinds of nuts also – walnuts or almonds would make an nice alternative to the pecans. You can also make this recipe nut-free if you prefer.
- I have often thought about adding chocolate chips to this recipe, but have never tried it. Dark chocolate? White chocolate? Semi-sweet chocolate? I bet any kind of chocolate chip would be good.
- Not a Greek yogurt fan? Use regular low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt instead.
- Be sure to let the pan cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars. This great wire cooling rack comes with a free silicon spatula! How cool is that?
These hardy, chewy cranberry oatmeal pecan bars are a delicious treat. Not too sweet, but full of yummy flavors. Let me know how they turn out for you in the comment section. Happy baking, my friends!
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