Cranberry Oatmeal Bars that taste like Thanksgiving in bar form. With "cheesecake" made from yogurt instead of cream cheese.
It's the day after Canadian Thanksgiving, and I have got to say... I am STUFFED!
Speaking of things being stuffed, I regret to tell you that for Thanksgiving, I did not make a turkey. For one thing, I don't even like turkey. For another...well.. that's pretty much it. Why make a turkey if it will just waste precious oven space, and no one will eat it?
The only thing I like about having a turkey is the stuffing. But no matter. I made stuffing anyways. I will post the recipe soon, but, spoiler alert, it is the BEST thing about holidays at my house. Unless you're a vegetarian. Then, I'm sorry but you're out of luck...
But I'm talking about dessert now, so all my vegetarian friends can rejoice, because we can all enjoy this together!
Since I was making a huge Thanksgiving dinner, there was no time to make some elaborate dessert when I spent almost all of my day peeling chestnuts. (if anyone has an easy way of peeling chestnuts, PLEASE let me know!) Also, this is day 4 of me trying to go without chocolate for a week (someone should have warned me how hard this was...), so what I could make was limited.
But the result was glorious. These bars knocked my socks, shoes and gloves off. My sister, who isn't usually a fan of sweet things, grabbed a second bar telling me how good they were.
Who needs chocolate when you can fake a cranberry cheesecake bar?
Cranberry Oatmeal Cheesecake Bars
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/3 cups dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
- 1 egg white
- Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
- For the Crust: In a medium bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, oats, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Pour in the butter and lemon juice, and mix until fully incorporated. (mixture should be crumbly)
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the oat mixture. Press the crust mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- 4. For the Filling: In a medium bowl, mix together the filling ingredients until fully combined. Spread the mixture over the crust and sprinkle the reserved oat mixture evenly over the cranberry mixture.
- Bake the 40 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.
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