Oat & cranberry bars

Oat & cranberry bars

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Easy to make, these delicious energy-packed oat bars are an ideal snack to make on a camping holiday or to take on long car journeys

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per bar

  • kcal216
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.2g


  • 100g self raising flour
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 1 large egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 3 tbsp flaked almonds
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugar and cranberries. Make a well in the centre and add the butter, golden syrup, egg and vanilla extract. Stir well until evenly damp.

  3. Tip into the tin and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with almonds and bake for 20-25 mins until lightly golden. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then cut into 6 one way and 2 the other to make 12 bars. Dust with icing sugar.

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15th Feb, 2020
My 9yr old and I enjoyed making these. We followed the recipe other than omitting the almonds, and they made great packed lunch treats.
8th Jan, 2019
Firm family favourite. I quadruple the quantities and they still disappear in a flash. I reduce the amount of butter slightly.
12th Mar, 2017
This is such a great recipe. I've made the bars a few times and it's very adaptable - I like to reduce the sugar and add some dark chocolate chips, as well as putting coconut flakes on top with the almonds. I also use wholemeal flour, which works really well. Delicious and so simple to make.
2nd May, 2016
Made these many times before, great for packed lunches or with a nice cup of tea!
1st May, 2016
I makes these all the time as my son has a peanut allergy and finding lunch box bars is a nightmare. It is so easy to make and doesn't last long in our house.
1st Feb, 2016
Lovely flavours. I made these into biscuits (omitting the egg and reducing the sugar to 60g). Roll a dessertspoon of the mixture into a golf ball size then flatten into a round onto a lined baking tray and scatter a few slivers of almond onto each. I managed to get 15. Keep an eye on them as they bake or you'll end up with rock hard berries!
9th Sep, 2014
I made these to take for a camping holiday, they were superb for breakfast! I doubled quantities to suit the silicone mould I had. I used a mixture of dried cranberries and home dried raspberries, whitecurrants & blackcurrants. LUSH will make again!
8th Sep, 2014
I made these today for my Bridge group and they were very popular. I doubled the quantity as I was using a bigger tin but I kept to the original amount of sugar and syrup ie I halved the amount of sugar. I also did not have quite enough cranberries so I added some chopped apricots.
29th Aug, 2014
I have just made these for a marathon I am running tomorrow. They are so nice I am not sure there will be any left for tomorrow. I did reduce the sugar I put in by 25% as I do not like things overly sweet and they turned out perfectly.
21st Aug, 2014
Just made these and they are yum!!! Like the baked breakfast bars you can buy but better. Perfect snack for anytime.
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5th Dec, 2018
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