By Brooke the Cook in WI on April 17, 2007
Photo by PaulaG
Photo by PaulaG
"I created this light version to reduce the fat and sugar found in a recipe by Bonnie Young (Cranberry Bars). These taste wonderful and you would never know that they were light! These go together in a snap and are real crowd pleasers. I make them year-round using frozen cranberries. If you don't have frozen or fresh berries - I don't recommend using dried fruit. WW points = 2/serving"
Serving Size: 1 (35 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 24
"Fantastic, easy to put together and in no way taste "light." I'll share this one at my WW meeting for sure, but my non WW family loves them too."
"Boy are these addictive. I used fresh cranberries, and cut the recipe in half using an 8x8 pan, wished I hadn't. Subsituted the walnuts for pecans. Had a tough time baking these though, with it being my oven. Made for Zaar Stars."
"I tried these this morning and they didn't turned out as well as I had hoped. I LOVED the full fat version of Bonnie Young 's recipe and maybe thats the problem. These were much flatter, at least mine were, seem to have a different texture- more like a dense muffin and not as sweet as the full fat version. They tasted good with coffee but I think I will stick to the richer version"
"These are addictive and well worth looking at three different grocery stores for cranberries in Texas in July! :) I used 1/2 c. regular sugar instead of Splenda (which probably goes towards defeating the purpose of these *grins*). As I was assembling the batter I wasn't sure of it at all, as it did come together the way I am used to, with too little butter to actually cream in the large amount of sugars, and then only using egg whites is unusual for me. But the result speaks for itself: a fluffy light cakelike pan of numminess. :) Thank you for posting, made for ZWT4."
"A wonderful healthy snack that pleases everyone. I used dried cranberries that had been simmered in 1/2 cup berry juice for 15 minutes. After the berries were done I also added the leftover juice that wasn't absorbed by them & 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Great Recipe! Made for Zingo ZWT 4"
"I have just tried this warm out of the oven and it tastes great and smells fabulous . Due to lack of cranberries in Australia I have used dried apricots and I used cashews as my choice of nuts - I am going back now for a second serve - I wish I had some whipped cream to turn it into a very special treat. Made for Zingo, ZWT 4."
"Don't know how thes managed to slip by me without my noticing, but not this time around! Even had to go buy some baby foor, though another time I want to try just mashing up some canned pears (not as pureed, but what the hey)! VERY DELICIOUS & SATISFYING! Great recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Zaar Stars Recipe Tag]"
"What a lovely recipe! I buy fresh cranberries around the holidays and freeze them for just such occasions. DH loved these and had no idea that they were low fat and low sugar. It can be our secret. ;-) I followed along with the recipe pretty much. My tweaks were to use Smart Balance rather than the butter and orange extract instead of vanilla. I also omitted the nuts. Making only 1/2 the recipe, I baked it in an 8-inch square pan for 18 minutes. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!"
"We liked these a LOT! The cranberries keep the bars from being overly sweet, and if someone wanted sweeter, they sprinkled with powdered sugar. I found the texture to be like a muffin, and the less sweet taste seemed to back that up. Not really dessert-ish for us, but great for breakfast!!! Thank you for the recipe."
"Yummy. They are like a cross between a bar cookie and a cake. Mine were not as cake-y as the ones in the photo (they also didn't ooze, maybe because the cranberries were fresh?). I used macadamias for the nuts, and doubled them. I also used applesauce instead of pear baby food, since I had that readily available. I subbed smart balance, and decreased the sugar by 2 tablespoons. Made half a recipe in an 8x8 pan, and it worked just fine (baked for 38 minutes). Serving size is right on, but almost everyone went back for seconds!"
"well these are my dinner and oh so yummy (i didnt feel like cooking tonight and made these this aft). I lvoe the tartness mixed with the sweet. Also used all splenda, but 1/4 cup was splenda brown sugar blend."
"A great low-fat/low-sugar bar. The cranberries were frozen and prune baby food was used."
"Very tasty! I used more Splenda and less sugar for dietary reasons, but turned out great. Going to try with prune puree for a dark bar next time. Thanks for re-doing the original recipe to make it healthier!"
"I tried and tried, but couldn't find even frozen cranberries anywhere. Instead I used frozen cherries with great results. This recipe is one of the best light recipes I have come across. Will make again when I finally find cranberries and update the review although the cherries were very nice. Thanks for sharing."