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Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars with Whole Foods 365 Organic Cranberry Sauce

Try these Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars with Whole Foods 365 Organic Cranberry Sauce for your next holiday shindig! Easy to make and packed with flavor, they will be a hit at your holiday party!

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars

I don’t know what it is about being kid at Thanksgiving, but you can’t go through the holiday without the infamous jellied cranberry sauce.  It was, and still is, my favorite part of the holiday Thanksgiving spread.  Even as a small child my mom would let me help open the can, slice it, and serve it to the whole family. I think it was me who ended up eating the majority of it every year, but it was mine and I ate it ravenously.

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars

Even though this comical canned creation graces our tables only once or twice a year – it’s amazingly versatile and this year I will be including it into a new classic Thanksgiving Day treat, gluten free cranberry orange almond bars featuring Whole Foods 365 Organic Cranberry Sauce.

This semi-homemade treat is a cinch to put together, makes you feel like a kid when you get to crack a can and see it slide out of the can in one piece, and doctor it up with seasonal citrus and warm and cozy almond flavors. These bars will be hard to keep on the table until dessert time!

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars

These can be made gluten free or with standard flour to suit your needs. They are delicious either way.

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars

Yield: 9-12 Bars

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes

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½ cup butter, melted

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Almond Extract
1 cup Bob's Red Mill GF Oat Flour

1 cup Bob's Red Mill GF Rolled Oats

1/2 c cup Sugar + 2 Tbsp, divided

1 ½ tsp Xantam Gum

1 tsp Baking Powder

2 tsp Orange Zest, divided
1 Tbsp Orange Liquor – like Grand Marnier
1 Can 365 Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce
½ cup Dried Cranberries
½ tsp Salt


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together butter, vanilla, almond extract, GF flour, GF Oats, ½ cup Sugar, baking powder, 1 tsp orange zest, salt, and Xantham Gum. When combined divide mixture in half and press one half into the bottom of an 8x8 baking pan. Set aside the other half of the mixture.
In a small sauce pan whisk together 365 Organic Cranberry Sauce, 1 teaspoon orange zest, dried cranberries and orange liquor over medium high heat until it is smooth and begins to boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Spread evenly over the oat mixture that has been pressed into the bottom of the baking pan.
Crumble remaining oat mixture of the top of the cranberries. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Slice and serve at room temperature.


29 Responses to “Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Almond Bars with Whole Foods 365 Organic Cranberry Sauce”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 4, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    These look marvelous, Megan! I’ve made cranberry crumble bars before, but not using anything prepared. I just LOVE the 365 Organic brand by Whole Foods Market. It is a wonderful line and so dependable in recipes. Featuring a few upcoming recipes using my favorites. Don’t see the recipe posted yet. Is there supposed to be a link or your ZipList file? Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinned!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 4, 2013 @ 4:43 am

    Ok I think I’m losing my mind because I can’t seem to find the recipe but these sound out of this world!! xo

    • Megan replied: — November 4th, 2013 @ 4:44 am

      Yes sorry hun! I must Hve forgot the code! I’m on it! Shout em out!!

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    Julia — November 4, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    These bars look so addicting! I want them with my coffee riiiight now! I absolutely love cranberry sauce (the chunky kind, not the congealed kind) and haven’t tried the 365 brand yet. Must get on these things ASAP and enjoy them with my family for Thanksgiving 🙂

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — November 4, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    I’m definitely saving this for Thanksgiving this year. My mom has to be gluten free, which can be a challenge with the usual Thanksgiving desserts. This one looks great!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 4, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    I think I am the one person on the planet that has an aversion to the canned stuff (it’s something about the lines that stick to the jelly), but these bars are changing my mind! I judged too quickly–I know I could take down a pan of this cranberry orange mar magic!

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    Janet — November 4, 2013 @ 6:17 am

    I love cranberry sauce too. And like you we usually have it on the table whenever turkey is made, maybe twice a year. What is turkey dinner without the cranberry sauce?! I remember going to my sister-in-law’s and having baked ziti with the turkey but no cranberry sauce, WHAT?! Now she knows better! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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    Erika — November 4, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    These bars looks and sound too good for words lady!

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    DessertForTwo — November 4, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    It’s cranberry time! hooray! I love this time of year! And I love that these are GF so I can share with friends! 🙂

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 4, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Canned cranberry is always on the table during the holiday season. The holidays aren’t complete without it. I’ll have to give this sauce a try. I want to double fist these bars into my face. Pinned.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — November 4, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Such a great holiday treat!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 4, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Umm yea these wouldn’t last a DAY in our house around Thanksgiving!

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    Cookbook Queen — November 4, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    I LOVE canned cranberry sauce. No one else eats it, so I buy it just for me!! These bars are so fun!!

  13. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — November 4, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    These sound perfect! I love the cranberry and almond combo!

  14. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 4, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I’m all over any kind of bar and it’s great to see cranberries showing up now!!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 4, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    While I’m not a fan of the canned stuff, I know for sure I could eat these beautiful bars all day long!!!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 4, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    You know I would eat 57 of these bad boys!! Love it!

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    carrie@bakeaholicmama — November 4, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    I am so excited for cranberry season, I might love them more than pumpkin. These bars look super good. And GF to boot!

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    Gaby — November 4, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    Cranberries and orange are so good together. I can just imagine how fast these tasty bars would disappear!

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    Sherri — November 5, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    This recipe only calls for 1 1/2 tsp. xantam gum. What happens if I don’t use it?

    • Megan replied: — November 5th, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

      The xantham acts as a binding agent in place of gluten. I haven’t made the GF version without it so I can’t testify to the results. If you are able to bake with standard ingredients (not gf) then you can make this recipe w regular flour an omit the xantham all together. Good luck!

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    Elizabeth @ — November 5, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    Yesss, the jellied cranberry sliding out of the can is where it’s at! I don’t know why, but it’s such a pleasure, even as an adult. (It’s the little things, right?) I can imagine making these any time of year–cranberries and oranges are always in season to my tastebuds! 🙂 Such a pleasure cooking along side you for Whole Foods!

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    Sarah W. Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — November 7, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    I am a huge jellied cranberry sauce fan too — though I make my own these days. It’s a tradition. These bars? Oh. Wow. I want to bite right in!!

  22. #
    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving — November 7, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Goodness, these bars look incredible! I love that canned cranberries to help save an extra step 🙂

  23. #
    Laura @ Family Spice — November 7, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    Oh WOW! These bars look and sound fantastic. How could you eat just one?!

  24. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 8, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    This recipe is fantastic 🙂 I just adore the flavor combination, they look so satisfying!!

  25. #
    Carrie @ poet in the pantry — November 12, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    I love this idea! Great way to use an old favorite in a new, exciting manner!

  26. #
    Bonny — November 23, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    Please let me know where the remaining 2 tbsp. of sugar get used in the recipe. Thank you.


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