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Orange-Cranberry Oat Bars

With the incredible combination of orange and cranberry, these bars are fast sellers at my church's Christmas bazaar.—Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup orange marmalade

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda and ginger; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the oats, coconut and orange zest.
  • Place 3 cups of mixture in another bowl; stir in pecans. Set aside for topping. Press remaining oat mixture into a greased 15x10-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Combine cranberry sauce and orange marmalade; spread over crust. Top with reserved oat mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 134 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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