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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 298kcal
Author Audrey from Mama Knows Gluten Free



  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9x13 glass pan with gluten-free cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat; stir in the pure vanilla extract.
  • 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.
  • Press half of the oat mixture into a greased baking pan. Bake 8 minutes.
  • Spoon cranberry mixture over baked crust bottom. Smooth with the back of a spoon or spatula. 
  • Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and pat down gently.
  • Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  • Glaze
  • In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients and stir until it's nice and smooth.
  • Drizzle with the glaze.  Cool completely and cut into bars. Enjoy!
  • Cover bars with plastic wrap, foil or store in an air-tight container. These are even better the second day.


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. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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