Friday, May 7, 2010

Whole Grain Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. In other words.... my bad, my bad, my really-bad bad. You see, these cranberry-oatmeal bars were slated to be treats for hubby's co-irkers today but instead they were mea gulpa'd, mea gulpa'd, mea maxima gulpa'd. I baked them. I gulped them down. And so did hubby (Et tu Brute?) Yes, we're both to blame. The house was devoid of sweet treats and as these bars rested on the counter, bits and pieces of them kept coming up missing and suddenly there were none left to send to work.

I need flogged. Tickled to within an inch of peeing myself. Fifty lashes with a wet noodle. SOMETHING to punish me for this most grievous offense. I apologize dear co-irkers, and promise to have something special for you next Friday.

I'm now going to go say three Our Father's and six Hail Mary's and run twenty miles as my penance.

Whole Grain Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars (adapted from Cooking Light)

Crust:

4.5 ounces spelt flour (about one cup)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
6 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
3 TBSP orange juice

Filling:

1 1/3 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
3/4 cup sour cream (I used reduced-fat)
1/2 cup sugar (I used Splenda)
2 TBSP spelt flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp grated orange zest
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

To prepare crust:

In medium bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Pour melted butter and orange juice over mixture and stir to combine. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture (for topping) and press the remaining mixture into the bottom of an 11X7 baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.

To prepare filling:

Combine cranberries, sour cream, sugar and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread cranberry mixture over prepared crust. Evenly crumble reserved topping over filling.

Bake for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before serving.

15 comments:

Jecka said...

Those look so yummy!

Haden News said...

I have everything to make these but the sour cream...guess that means a trip to the grocery store! Wish I had one to go with my coffee right now. Happy Mother's Day!!

lostpastremembered said...

Mags, these look too good and good for me too... thanks for the recipe.!

5 Star Foodie said...

These bars look so wonderfully delicious with cranberries!

June said...

Oh my goodness these look wonderful, but everything you make looks fabulous. Surely those spoiled co'irkers will understand, uh won't they?

Laurie said...

Oh Mags,
I'd just chalk it up to you providing good quality control lol. You couldn't send in some treats to the co-irkers without truly knowing if they were good, right? ;) Sometimes you have to eat a few in order to really get a handle on it, right?

I'm saying this as I eat one of the last Double Chocolate Smartie Cookies that I made for my kids after school snacks. I don't think they'll buy the quality control excuse though :s

Barbara Bakes said...

They do look irresistible. I'm going to have to try and find some spelt flour.

Frieda said...

You are hilarious! Have a great mother's day!

ap269 said...

ROTFL! I had to laugh out loud when I read your post. Seeing the ingredients, though, totally explains why nothing was left to send to work. I mean: cranberries and oatmeal are a winner combination, no? Will make these soon, and I won't even try to give them to someone else. They'll be MINE!!!!

Katrina said...

Ha, great post! These look de-lish, so I can see why they didn't make it to the office!

Moogie said...

Ha.... ha.... I don't blame you a bit.

Jane said...

Well, lady, these things happen to the best of us. Next time, you can make something for the co-irkers that you know you don't really like. That's my advice, Mags. :)

These are really good looking bars, by the way!

;) Jane

Karen said...

I'd have done the same thing... they look really yummy!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look lovely! I was in a cranberry oatmeal mood earlier this week, too. One of my favorites!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Oh well, you spoil them too much anyway! These look so good.