Cranberry Blood Orange Oat Bars

17 May, 2013

I have an unhealthy obsession with baking, cooking and just eating in general. Actually let me rephrase that, it’s not unhealthy as a lot of the time the things I’m eating are good, quality food which is healthy as well as nutritious. Yes, yes quiet you in the back who saw me with a large packet of Haribo’s the other day! Most of the time I do eat well so if I see a dessert that tastes good but doesn’t have a ridiculous calorie content I’m in. So when I was sent this little recipe I knew I had to try it. As you may see this recipe includes oats and when I see a dessert with oats that’s all I need to know. Y’know in Jerry Maguire where Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, “You had me at hello..” Well, It’s the same thing for me just…. with oats, “You had me at oats…” seriously that’s all the info I need. I start crying and everything aswell, just like in the film.

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Ok so anyway, wanna know how to make these? Oh man you do, honestly you do!

So let me tell you how I came by this tasty recipe. The lovely people at Chobani yoghurts got in contact with me to inquire if I would like to be sent some free samples of  their yoghurts which they are currently launching in the UK, ummm stupid question yes! I’d already tried them before so I knew I liked them but they didn’t need to know that!

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Yayyyyy Chobani Love!
So I didn’t just want to write a blog post saying wow Chobani yoghurts taste great woohoo buy them. Their not paying me for this and I didn’t want this blog post to just be an advertisment for their brand as thats not what this blogs about. They are currently the number one selling yoghurt brand in America so obviously they taste good. So I wasn’t sure whether I’d blog about them or not, that was until I saw their accompanying leaflet which included this recipe, then it was all over I knew I had to make these. I’m a sucker for all those gooey looking recipes like flapjacks and warm soft chewy oat cookies. Ugh! Anyway it was worth it because they taste awesome.

Ok so here’s what you need…

Ingredients
x1 Chobani Yogurt with Blood orange
120g plain Flour
155g quick cooking oats
110g brown Sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt
3 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
3 tbsp canola oil (I just used olive oil and it was fine)
3 tbsp orange juice
100g sugar
15 g plain flour
1 large egg white
250 g dried cranberries (If you don’t like cranberries you could maybe use blueberries as a substitute)

And now here’s what you need to do……..

Method

Firstly preheat your oven to 160C/Gas Mark 3, then spread cooking spray/butter whatever you may have on a small baking tray (11 x 7 -in) and then line with parchment paper.

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First whisk together your flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon,bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. Then in a small bowl whisk together the butter, canola oil, and orange juice add these two mixtures together, stirring until crumbly.

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Make sure you remove 125ml of the mixture as you will need this to go on later as the topping. Place the rest of the mixture into your baking tray and press down evenly making sure you have an even base.

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Next grab your yoghurt and pop this in a bowl with the 15 g of flour, 100g of sugar, one large egg white and whisk this all together. Once the mixture has been whisked for say a minute stir in the cranberries.

*Ugh because this recipe includes cranberries I now have that bloody song, kiss me….. by you guessed it The Cranberries in my head! Which then leads me to think of that teen movie “She’s All That” which featured the song, does anyone remember that movie? As per usual the girl who is classed as the outcast or geek in the film just needed to remove her glasses and wear her hair down for the entire school to realise how hot she was? Oh the shallowness of American teen movies…

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Annnyway spread this mixture over your oats

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Sprinkle over the remaining oats you set aside and pop your tray in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

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The great thing about using parchment paper is you can simply lift whatever it is your baking straight out of your tray without any mess.

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Soft gooey center yep this is me! Holy m****************r this tasted good. Oh and check out my nail varnish matching the cranberries (random air head thought…..)

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So there you have it, cranberry and blood orange oat bars dooooo iitttt!

 

B xx

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