NO-Bake Chocolate Almond Cranberry Oat Bars

These NO-Bake Chocolate Almond Cranberry Oat Bars are easy, fresh, and delicious!

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Today’s post is about love and chocolate and gratefulness. All three of those are pretty big words, with big shoes to fill, when it comes to loving, taste, and appreciation.

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When I was younger, I looked around at what everyone had, and I wished for more … I just don’t think I was grateful.

Today I look at what I’ve been given and I appreciate the gifts–big and small–that grace me every second of every day.

If I find myself looking at others, I am happy for them. Being happy for others is a way we can gage where our hearts are. If we’re content, thankful, happy …

A grateful heart.

A grateful heart comes when we thank God for everything we have…the ability to hear the sounds of nature or a beautiful melody, or to see a beautiful smile or brand new baby, to smell a flower or the ocean breeze, or to feel love and a warm embrace, or to taste chocolate.

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Love for chocolate.

Chocolate is one of my favorite foods. There’s nothing like a good quality chocolate, too! Last week I made these yummy No-Bake Chocolate Almond Cranberry Oat Bars for my family. I made 2 8×8 pans and froze them, thinking they’d be great snacks for the weeks ahead for the kids (high school and college).

Freezable.

I adapted the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Living magazine this month, adding a few ingredients that our famiy loves. Today when I went to see how they froze (knowing that if I left them out on the counter or in the fridge, they’d be gone in 2 days), I saw that everyone was helping themselves to these chocolate delights, as if I never put them in the freezer in the first place! Basically, there was about 1 bite left.

Which, is a good sign.

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The crumbs.

People love chocolate. So when the bag is about eaten, and there are only crumbs left, I say smile.

And whip up another pan or two.

Thanks, Martha, for the yummy inspiration.

What’s your secret ingredient to add to a no-bake chocolate cookie recipe?

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NO-Bake Chocolate Almond Cranberry Oat Bars

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes + 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Sept. 2014 edition. Double for a 9x13 pan.

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup orange cranberries (from Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

 

Directions:

  1. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray, and line with parchment paper.
  2. Melt almond butter, honey, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until chocolate has melted and ingredients are well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into lined pan. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, for about 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  4. Run a knife around the edges, then use parchment to remove from pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 12 bars; store in refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze!

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NO-Bake Chocolate Almond Cranberry Oat Bars

9 comments

  1. Sandy,
    These look terrific! And perfect for little ones who love chocolate as much as their Mama!

  2. A grateful heart is something I am constantly working on, keeping myself in check. And even more important teaching my kids…

    These bars look incredible Sandy!! What a treat!!

  3. Lovely post Sandy. Heck with the kids – I’m making these bars to pack in my lunch! Happy Tuesday :)

  4. These look mighty fine! The chocolate peanut-butter oatmeal no bake are some of my favorite things. I had never thought of being creative with it.

  5. These look amazing, and I agree being happy for others means we are content with our own lives, which is a blessing, isnt it!

  6. I love everything about these bars! So delicious!!

  7. Love and chocolate and gratefulness. Awesome. xo

  8. Those look so YUMMY! We don’t have an oven right now (well actually haven’t had one for the past 2 years) so this is perfect for our family :)

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