White Chocolate Cranberry Protein Bars

November 7, 2014

in Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

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Its November. So that means the pumpkin can move over a little and make room for cranberries. I absolutely love this deliciously tart fruit, and it goes so great in snacks and desserts, and everything in between. I plan on making a lot more cranberry creations this year as its so versatile, inexpensive and frankly, delicious!

White chocolate goes very well with dried cranberries, so that was the inspiration behind these White Chocolate Cranberry Protein Bars.  Anything that tastes like a cranberry bliss bar (hello, Starbucks). I can get on board with. If you don’t remember, I came up with a healthier version of the Starbucks cranberry bliss bar here.

For these, I wanted them to be easy to make and no baking required. The most difficult part of the recipe is melting chocolate in a microwave. So really, it couldn’t be easier.

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This recipe makes 16 bars from an 8×8 pan. If you need to feed a bigger crowd, I recommend doubling the batch, and placing in a 9 x 13 pan. You could even get 32 mini bars out of the original recipe. I’d cut the squares in half on the diagonal and then they’d look like mini cranberry bliss bars.

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These can be easily stored in the fridge, but an even better idea is to freeze them right away. They still retain their chewy texture, even right out of the freezer. These are the perfect snack when you want a sweet treat, but also a balanced snack. Its the best of both worlds as each bar is only 157 calories and 4 g of sugar. To cut down on the sugar in this recipe, I used Reduced Sugar Craisins. I found these last season, and love them. They taste like regular Craisins, only with less sugar. For the whey protein, I used Jamie’s Lean Body For Her Whey Protein in vanilla. The white chocolate, I purchased from a bulk bin at my local grocery store (melting wafers), but any kind of white chocolate will do.

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The drizzle of white chocolate on top makes them look extra fancy, but no one will know that you whipped up these bars in 15 minutes.

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Store bought protein bars will become a thing of the past one you make these. My hubby loved them too, and so did the girls. For them I cut a bar in half, and it was perfect snack-size for them.

White Chocolate Cranberry Protein Bars
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Delicious, easy and no-bake. These White Chocolate Cranberry Protein Bars make a great balanced snack.
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 16 bars
For the Topping
  • 1 Tbsp chopped Craisins
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the peanut butter and honey until smooth. Add in the whey protein and oat flour and stir together until it starts to come together. Add in the milk and stir until it forms a dough.
  2. Add in the Craisins and mix (clean hands work best) until combined.
  3. Place dough in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan lightly misted with oil. Press the dough into the pan until even.
  4. Then melt the white chocolate. I melted in the microwave in 30 second increments. Using a fork, drizzle the white chocolate over the bars. Then place the additional chopped Craisins on top.
  5. Place bars in the fridge for 30 minutes until set. Remove from fridge and cut into bars. Wrap bars individually or place in a re-sealable container and store in the freezer (recommended) or fridge (will last about a week).
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 157 Fat: 6.4 g Carbs: 17.4 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 60 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 11 g




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  • Katie Cecil

    Would sugar free syrup work in place of the honey?

  • Snazzy

    Would this work with another type of protein powder? I don’t do whey…

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I haven’t tested it with anything other than whey, but it should work. I’d just try with half the amount at first and go from there. Since its no-bake you can play around with it to get a texture and taste you like. I’d love it you reported back if you give it a try.

  • Sabrina

    Hi, where do you find sugar free honey??? I am Canadian, have looked in health food store but did not come across it.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I get it online as I haven’t seen in stores yet either. Nature’s Hollow Sugar Free Honey. You can get it at lowcarbgrocery.com or lowcarbcanada.ca

  • Marilyn Z

    These look so tempting. For the ones I currently make, I use coconut flour plus grated carrots and throw in whatever dried fruits and nuts I have on hand but I also use a leavening agent. I must try these since I would rather mine were not so cakelike.

    Where do you find the reduced sugar craisins? I just bought a giant bag of the regular at Sams but I did not know the other existed.

    That’s what I love about these posts…we get so many great ideas from one another.

    Thank you.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Right?! I love new ideas too! You can totally use regular craisins for these…they may just add a gram of sugar or 2 to each bar. I just got the reduced sugar ones at my regular grocery store (I’m in Canada). I do know they are in the US, but not sure where. They only come in small bags though.

      • Marilyn Z

        Thanks, Kristine, I will look for them. Gotta love reduced sugar!

  • Kelly

    omg these look divine!! I don’t have oat flour, I wonder if almond flour could be subbed??

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Do you have rolled oats? Any kind. Quick oats, large flake, instant oats. Just put them in a blender or food processor. ..and there you have oat flour 🙂

  • Janelle

    These sound amazing! I was eyeing the cranberry bliss bars at Starbucks today but couldn’t do it.

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