Healthy Cranberry Delight Bars | An Upgrade To Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Happy 2018 everyone! Oh my goodness, I am so stoked 2018 is here! I'm feeling vibrant, and all the good things are happening. I'm running into 2018 full speed ahead and I'm happy to report that I'm manifesting all of the good that is happening around these parts. I hope 2018 is off to a rockin start for you too and that you get everything you want this year! 

I have implemented some major changes with the way I look at things and other people. I've been working on living my life completely judgment-free. Leaving judgment at the door and understanding that everyone has their reasons for the things they do has helped me react less and listen more.

I've also walked away from fake friends or from people who were using me to get to their next level. I'm all about helping others, but when someone only talks to me when they want something from, that shows me that they are not truly genuine people and I just can't hang with that in 2018. 

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2018 is a year of epic next level-ness. I'm taking everything up a notch, from this blog to my business, to the content I produce, to the workouts I do. It's all going to the next level. I'm meeting my intentions face to face while walking the walk and talking the talk.

No more BS or silly excuses around these parts, it's all going up from here! 

What are you doing to make 2018 your best year yet? Take your excuses and put them behind you! It's time to make this year, your year! And while you're at it, you'll need a healthy snack at your side so make my Cranberry Delight Bars to join you on your journey.

I mean, you wouldn't want a sugar-drop while you are crushing 2018, now would you? 

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These bars are similar to those Cranberry Bliss Bars you can buy at that one coffee shop, but without all of the chemicals, refined sugars, additives, and oils. My version also has Vital Protein's Beauty Water in it for an added protein boost, but this step is completely optional. I add collagen to nearly every dessert I make because it's easy and it helps give each bar a boost. 

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My Cranberry Delight Bars do not have any refined sugar in them and are made with organic flour. If you are gluten-free, you can sub the organic flour for almond flour.

Please note: If you do the sub, make sure to double the amount of almond flour you use. So instead of 1-cup of organic flour, you would use 2-cups of almond flour. Please make sure you do this step, as almond flour is not as dense as organic flour, hence the doubled amount. 

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I wanted my Cranberry Delight Bars to be as chewy as moist as the bars you can buy at Starbucks so make sure to pay attention to this next piece. To make the bars as moist and delicious as possible, you want to make sure you whisk the all the ingredients together slowly. Do not overmix! If you overmix, the flour will set to fast and you'll have clumpy dough instead of a smooth thick dough.

Remember, do not overmix your dough. Once your dough is nice and combined stop mixing. This is especially important if you are using a Kitchen Aid Mixer or an electric mixer. Mix everything on a low setting, for this recipe slow and steady is better. 

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For the cranberry portion, I used a combination of fresh and dried cranberries. I picked up the fresh organic cranberries from Trader Joe's and use these unsweetened dried cranberries which you can pick up from Amazon. I wanted this recipe to be as low in sugar as possible and cranberries are already naturally sweet, so no need for sweetened ones.  

You can also check out my full recipe video here. 

Let me know if you guys make this recipe and be sure and tag me in your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: FittyFoodliciousrecipes

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! 

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Healthy Cranberry Delight Bars
These bars are similar to those Cranberry Bliss Bars you can buy at that one coffee shop, but without all of the chemicals, refined sugars, additives, and oils.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic flour
  • 1 teaspoon organic baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh turmeric
  • 1 scoop (add more if you want!) Vital Protein's Collagen Beauty Water (Strawberry Lemonade)
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 cup fresh organic cranberries
  • For The Frosting
  • 1 brick softened organic cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
Instructions
Add flour, baking powder, and sea salt to a medium mixing bowl, then add the fresh ginger and turmeric and combine Next, add 1-scoop of collagen beauty water and combine again In a separate mixing bowl combine the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and egg and whisk together (do not over mix.) Now combine all ingriedients together with a hand mixer or kitchen aid mixer on the low setting. Remember! Do not overmix or your dough may come out in clumps. For the smoothest dough possible mix everything together slowly, no need to rush this part. Once your dough is at the desired consistency, stop mixing.Next, fold in the 1-cup of fresh cranberries until combined Spread dough mixture evenly into a greased baking pan (I used coconut oil spray to grease my baking pan) Bake at 350-degrees for 15-20 minutes (Do not overbake if you want a chewy-gooey middle.) Stick a toothpick in the bars to ensure they are done. If it comes out clear your bars are ready! While the cranberry delight bars cool, make the frostingFor the Frosting: Combine softened cream cheese, lemon zest, and coconut sugar in a kitchen aid mixer until the frosting comes out smooth. Place in the fridge for 10-minutes to thicken up a bit. Once the cranberry delight has cooled, you can cut them into bars Top bars with frosting, dried cranberries, and more lemon zest. The bars will keep in the fridge for up to one week in a glass airtight container.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings