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Cinnamon-Cranberry Oat Bars

I'm a swim coach for kids, and I started making these bars for them as a snack. I wanted something that was easy to eat but would also give them energy. The kids loved them from the very first time I brought them. Now I bring them to every team event. —Sarah Riviere, Prescott, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine oats, Rice Krispies, cranberries, flax, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, oil and honey; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and salt.
  • Stir in oat mixture; toss to coat. Press firmly into a 9-in. square pan coated with cooking spray. Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon; sprinkle over bars. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 211 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • PeanutAnn
    May 27, 2020

    Turned out great! I used half cranberries and half raisins and chia seeds instead of flax.

  • 1942marie
    Nov 4, 2013

    Was too thick. Fell apart tasted good.Will try them again.

  • neomom
    Oct 10, 2013

    I couldn't get them to set up, so I spread them in a 9x13 pan and baked for about 20 minutes at 350. They set up, became crunchy, and were delicious. I will make again. The whole family loved them.

  • Lorna Winoske
    Oct 10, 2013

    I liked the flavor, but next time will reduce the amount of canola oil.

  • paulettemerendino
    Oct 4, 2013

    Wonderful flavor! Sweet autumn! Next time I would put them in a slightly larger pan so as to make them less thick.

  • tiffanymcilvain
    Mar 10, 2013

    This is delicious! Tastes like apple crisp topping. I subbed a couple ingredients that I didn't have in the cabinet so my batch didn't set up. But it still tastes amazing as an ice cream/yogurt topping!

  • beckihomecki
    Feb 5, 2013

    These bars were very easy to make and are kind of addicting. Didn't have any trouble getting them to set up. I boiled my sugar mixture for a little bit and set the bars in the fridge to set. All four of my kids liked them and I liked the healthier ingredients. I will make these again at some point.

  • ahmom
    Oct 19, 2012

    Next time I'll omit the nutmeg. These stuck together only when they were refrigerated.

  • DPUGrad
    Oct 18, 2012

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