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).


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

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Sept. 2014 edition. Double for a 9×13 pan.
Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Yield: 12
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  • 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


  • Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray, and line with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • Pour the mixture into lined pan. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, for about 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  • 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