Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours
Yield
Yields 16 squares (serving size: 1 square)

Kids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine cranberries, sugar, marmalade and zest in a small pan. Add 2 Tbsp. water; bring to a boil, stirring and slightly crushing berries. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook until reduced to 1 cup, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to a bowl, partially cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours. (May be made up to 3 days in advance; keep covered and chilled.)

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line with foil, allowing an overhang of 2 inches; spray foil.

Step 3

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Use your fingers or a pastry blender to work butter into mixture until butter is the size of small peas.

Step 4

Press 1/2 of oat mixture in bottom of pan. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over crust. Crumble remaining oat mixture on top; pack down slightly. Bake until top and edges are lightly browned, approximately 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

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