Lightly sweetened cranberry orange and chocolate chunk oat bars make the perfect snack
Not everyone likes orange in baked goods, but the flavour pairs well with chocolate and cranberries. These Cranberry Orange and Chocolate Chunk Oat Bars have a subtle orange flavour, so even those who don’t think it should be mixed into baked goods will like these. They are not overly sweet, so you can get away with eating them for breakfast or a snack. If you are gluten free, you can try substitute in a gluten free flour instead of using the regular flour. Whilst I did not try that, because these are a dense bar, the flour should not change the texture.
Cranberry, Orange and Chocolate Chunk Oat Bars
Vegan | Gluten Free Option
These Cranberry Orange and Chocolate Chunk Oat bars are lightly sweetened with a subtle citrus flavour. They're perfect for breakfast or a mid-day snack.
Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper
Make your flax egg by mixing the flaxseed powder together with water. Set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (oats, flours, salt, baking powder, sugar and zest). Set aside
Place a frying pan on a low heat and melt the coconut oil. Pour the melted coconut oil and flax egg into the dry mixture and mix until fully combined.
Fold cranberries and chocolate into the mixture
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and spread out until it’s smooth and even. To make sure it’s pressed tightly, I like to cover it with a piece of baking paper and roll it down firmly with a glass (or a pastry roller if you have one)
Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown
Allow to cool, then lift the bars out and cut into 12 bars. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition per bar: 218 calories |31g carbohydrates (13g sugar) |10g fat | 3g protein
To make your own oat flour, blend oats in a blender until they become a fine flour
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. A Wits University graduate, she earned a Bcom (Hons) (Cum Laude) in Business Management. She’s a writer, runner and passionate about the 3 f’s – food, fashion and fitness. When she’s not inhaling the latest news, trends and ideas you can find her in the kitchen figuring out how to turn a broccoli head into a meal.