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Oatmeal Cranberry Bars {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Option}

Super easy gluten-free cranberry oatmeal bars are a combination of sweet and tart with an oatmeal cookie drizzled with vanilla orange glaze. Recipe with a dairy-free option.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry date bars, gluten-free cranberry bars, gluten-free cranberry oatmeal bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 bars
Calories 298 kcal



  • 1 12oz package cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel (or orange zest) (optional)
  • 2 cups gluten-free quick oats I like Bob's Red Mill
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour I like Pillsbury gluten-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum ,leave out if your flour already has it in it
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter melted (Earth Balance or Smart Balance for dairy-free)
  • 1 8oz package chopped sugared dates
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice or milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried orange peel (or orange zest) (optional)
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  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9x13 glass pan with gluten-free cooking spray.

  2. Place the cranberries, dates and orange juice (or water) and dried orange peel (optional) in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until berries pop, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove from heat; stir in the pure vanilla extract.

  4. Mix all-purpose gluten-free flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt until fully combined. Stir in melted butter, until the mixture is nice and crumbly.

  5. Press half of the oat mixture into a greased baking pan. Bake 8 minutes.

  6. Spoon cranberry mixture over baked crust bottom. Smooth with the back of a spoon or spatula. 

  7. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and pat down gently.
  8. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  9. Glaze

  10. In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients and stir until it's nice and smooth.

  11. Drizzle with the glaze.  Cool completely and cut into bars. Enjoy!

  12. Cover bars with plastic wrap, foil or store in an air-tight container. These are even better the second day.

Recipe Notes

I like Pillsbury gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.

I like Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Oats

Cover bars or store in an air-tight container. 

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Cranberry Bars {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Option}
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Potassium 72mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 31g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.