Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (V, GF): an easy recipe for soft, texture-rich energy breakfast bars bursting with cranberries and almonds. Whole Grain, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free.
By now you might know that I have some ridiculously awesome sisters. Like, seriously. Yeah, sometimes I’m like, whyyyyyyy are you guys so amazing? Can you guys tone it down a bit so other folks (i.e. me) don’t look so bad? Or… maybe y’all should write a book about how to be BEYOND awesome. And while you’re at it, find me the perfect synonym for “awesome” because you guys do it ALL. 😉
Also because I really need a brand spanking new, but equally enthusiastic word replacement for awesome. Any suggestions y’all? Any at all? I don’t want things to get stale here or anything…
Anywho, with it being my sister Jenny’s birthday’s season (yes, an entire season for birthday celebrations, because: why not), I got to thinking about why this gal is so freaking awesome cool beans.
Like, did you know that Jenny is the reason why these gluten free Cranberry Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars exist? Take it back even further and well… Jenny is one of the main reasons why this blog even exists! She’s one of the very first folks that told me to create a food blog.
YES, Jenny, I’ve finally admitted it. You get loads and loads of credit for this here Beaming Baker. 🙂 She’d been telling me for years and years that I should create a food blog. In fact, she’d been telling me for years that I could and should do anything and everything I dreamed of.
That’s the kind of sister she is. Encouraging, inspiring, has your back ’til the end of time kind of sis. Yep, I’m totally lucky. Well, for her birthday, I made these appropriately pink (she loves pink) Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. And I thought it might be high time for a super fun Top 5 List, in celebration of Jenny’s awesomeness (see, I need more words!). So without further ado, let’s get this birthday party/listicle started!
Top 5 Reasons Why Jenny Rocks/Happy Birthday Jammy!!!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Alright, WHO saw this coming??? Any Buffy fans out there? 🙂 As a youngin’, Jammy exposed me to all kinds of amazing, intellectual and highbrow pop culture (yes, I’m joking, but not really 😜). There was sassy and strong AF Buffy, there was the New Adventures of Superman, and even… well, let’s not spoil Number 3. Anyway, I love that Jenny loved Buffy because it makes me think so much about how Jenny appeared so shy and rules-following on the outside, but was totally a brave and kickass gal on the inside. Sometimes, ya just gotta break a few rules to save the world, right? 😉
Kindness, Generosity, Loyalty
If I could go on with this list, I would. But then everyone would fall asleep and be like, “WHERE are these so-called Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars I came here for?” And, “you write too much.” Also, “Why are you always writing such long, boring posts that no one wants to read?” <— This here is the OPPOSITE of how Jenny is. And yes, I DO get these “constructive” comments. 😒 😜
Back on point (sorry, Jenny), her kindness, generosity and loyalty is unparalleled. She understands when no one else does. She’ll give you everything she has, even if she doesn’t have anything left for herself (I know). And she’ll have your back no. Matter. What. ❤️
UM… heck yeah this is one of the Top 3 reasons why Jenny Rocks (I’m really trying not to use the word awesome here, folks!!!) Any X-philes out there?? Any chance you guys get a little confused when someone says “X-phile” out loud and you think that they’re just referring to the show and not the fact that they’re a fan? Oy, I’m off track again now!! X-Files = I Want to Believe. That’s Jenny in a nutshell. Sometimes no one else believes in you, but you ALWAYS have to believe in yourself. And the people you love. Thank you for always believing in us, Jenny.
Jenny is the BEST mom ever. But not to be outdone by our mom, who—okay, I’m gonna stop before I Chandler this. It’s just… I knew Jenny before she was a mom. I spent most of my life thinking of her as my sister. And suddenly, to see her in this new role, to see everything change… it’s just one of the most beautiful and meaningful things I’ve ever experienced. As a mom, she’s more patient, she’s stronger—like STRONGER than anyone I’ve ever met, she’s more empathetic, she’s… peaceful. It’s like I’m meeting her for the first time, and each time I have something new to learn, and it’s amazing. <3
One day, if I ever become a mom, I’ll know exactly who to look up to, who to ask for advice, who to just… #MomGoals, y’all.
Biggest Heart EVER.
I’ll just leave it at that. Love you Jenny, even if you’re too uncomfortable to say it back. 🙂 I can be mushy, gooey and cheesy enough for the both of us.
Happy Birthday, to the best sister ever (not to be compared/confused with my other best sisters ever, Monica and Penny). Did anyone call for Chandler?
And now, onto the annual birthday dedication recipe: welcome to my Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars aka Happy Birthday Jenny Breakfast Bars! Here are all the awesome (but not bc we’re holding a casting call for “awesome” synonyms) things about these bars!
- easy to make, in just two bowls
- nutrient-rich, like, woah
- soft, thick and satisfying
- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free
- deliciously packed with oats, nuts and fruits
- wonderfully refined sugar free
- the perfect balance of sweet, tart and nutty
- made with the whole, healthy ingredients you love
- plant-based and allergy-friendly
- the tastiest way to enjoy your protein
- the perfect on-the-go breakfast snack
- …or gym snack, or dessert!
So what do you think? Would you like to whip up a batch of these gluten free cranberry almond butter oatmeal breakfast bars and raise a few in celebration of Jenny’s birthday with me? We may or may not be brainstorming how to use layers of this, then use almond butter frosting, then layers of cranberries and almonds, to turn this into a layer cake. 😉 Hmm… now I’m really hungry. Anywho! I’m so happy to be here with you, mixing/stirring/baking all the fantastically homemade treats that you and your family deserve. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe! In the meantime, tell me…
What flavor combo of breakfast bars would you like to see next?
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
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- ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
- ¼ cup gluten free oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 flax eggs (whisk together 2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons water, let set for 15 mins)
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons natural, unsalted almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- ½ cup almonds, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, chopped
- 1 tablespoon almonds, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients: flax eggs, coconut oil, almond butter, coconut sugar and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold until well combined. Fold in cranberries and almonds.
- Pour into the prepared baking pan. Using the rubber spatula, spread into an even layer. Optionally, sprinkle with cranberries and almonds.
- Bake for 22-28 minutes. Mine took 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the edges turn a dark, golden brown.
- Place on a cooling rack for 1 hour, or until completely cool. Slice into 16 bars. Enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
- More healthy breakfast treats (all V+GF): peanut butter banana breakfast cookies, double chocolate chip oatmeal breakfast bars, banana oat muffins.
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