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Fruity Cranberry and Orange Energy Bars

 

.
12

Yield

18

servings

Prep

25

min

Cook

55

min

Ready

3

hrs

Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

For the crust:
1 cup nuts
chopped, walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts or rolled oats, divided
¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
cold and cut into small pieces
1 large eggs
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
*
For the fruit filling:
5 cups cranberries
fresh or frozen, divided
½ cup orange juice
¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup orange segments
*
1 ½ teaspoons orange zest
freshly grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

For the crust:

Mix together ¾ cup nuts (or oats), flours, sugar and salt in a food processor, pulse until the nuts are finely ground.

Add butter, pulse until well blended.

Add egg, oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract in a small bowl, whisking until well blended.

With the motor running, add the liquid mixture to the food processor.

Process, scraping down the sides, if needed, until the mixture begins to clump, 35 to 45 seconds (it will look crumbly).

Measure out ½ cup of the mixture and mix in a bowl with the remaining ¼ cup chopped nuts (or oats).

Set aside for the topping.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Well spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or grease with butter.

For the fruit filling and finishing the bars:

Stir together 3 cups cranberries, orange juice, sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is very thick, about 5 minutes.

(It takes about 10 minutes to get thick if you start with frozen cranberries.)

Stir in the remaining 2 cups cranberries, orange zest and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish.

Spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom to form a crust.

Spread the fruit filling evenly over the crust.

Sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake until the crust and topping are lightly brown, 25 to 30 minutes more.

Allow to cool completely at least 2 hours.

Cut into bars.

Serve or store at an air-tight container.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 80g (2.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 20237% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 1% Iron 6%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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