The moment the Stay at Home mandate started I remember thinking this is great. I envisioned myself having a hot breakfast every morning, taking lunch breaks and going for walks. None of these things have actually happened because work has gotten busier than ever. Not having time to make breakfast every morning gave me the idea to make these easy cranberry oatmeal squares. I had also received a bag of the amazing Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries that I have been dying to use. These oatmeal squares are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or any time snack.
Ingredient Spotlight: Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries
We love Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries in our home for their great quality and convenience. They always taste good and we love that we can get them all year round. They are grown with the highest standards which is one of the reasons why they are America’s best selling frozen cranberries. You can use them for sauces, smoothies, cocktails, yummy baked goods and more!
Tips to make the perfect cranberry oatmeal squares:
Use quality ingredients: As always, to get the best tasting dishes you need good quality ingredients no matter how simple the dish is. Use the best cranberries and oats for the ultimate result. Old fashioned oats add a nice bite and nutritional value to the recipe. The orange zest although minimal adds a nice flavor profile to these oatmeal squares.
Use a longer piece of parchment paper than normal: With some parchment paper hanging on the sides, you will be able to easily lift the bars out of the pan. Try it, you will be mad at yourself for not having done this before.
Mix well: This recipe is meant to be crumbly however you want to make sure it does not completely fall apart. Make sure you mix in the melted butter to the flour mix well and press the dough firmly when layering, especially the first layer.
These oatmeal squares keep well. They last for at least 7 days at room temperature and they can be frozen as well. Place them in a tightly sealed container and enjoy a square or two each morning with a cup of coffee or tea.