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!
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.
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!
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
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.