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Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares

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. 

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

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.

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

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Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares Recipe
Easy cranberry oatmeal squares
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Easy cranberry oatmeal squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease a 8x8 inch pan or spray it with cooking spray. Line the sides and bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Make the parchment paper long enough to overhang on the sides then grease or spray cooking spray over it as well.
  3. Melt butter, cover and set aside.
  4. Mix the flour, oats, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  5. Chop the cranberries in a food processor, add to a small bowl and stir in orange zest and remaining granulated sugar.
  6. Pour the warm butter into the four mix and stir well till ingredients are combined. Place half of the dough into the pan and press firmly into a nice level layer.
  7. Spread the cranberry mix over the layer of dough then top with the remaining dough. The top layer can be gently pressed.
  8. Bake until golden brown for about an hour making sure to rotate the pan halfway through the cooking.
  9. Allow to cool completely and pull out using the hanging parchment paper. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

SkinnyPop wine and popcorn pairing guide

I am so glad Scandal is back on TV and there is one thing that Olivia Pope and I have in common other than our love for classic style, it’s the love for wine and popcorn. I have started to make it a little tradition of mine to record  episodes of Scandal and watch it Friday night with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine. Trying to figure out the best wine and popcorn pairing can be a little tricky so the people at Skinny pop have made it very easy to decide with this graphic below.

SkinnyPop Wine and popcorn pairing guide

So here is how this lovely guide works. First, choose your favorite popcorn, I love SkinnyPop’s original flavor. Next step is to look at the guide for the best wine pairing for your popcorn and follow the line that links the wine and popcorn flavor. In my case since I am going with the original flavor It shows me that I can pair it with Chardonnay or Malbec. Being a big fan of red wine, I opted for the Malbec.

Skinny pop wine and popcorn pairing guide

Last step,  grab your bag of popcorn, pour yourself a glass of wine, wear comfy clothes and watch your favorite tv show. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect night at home. I live for these kind of days!

Skinny pop wine and popcorn pairing

5 Reason’s to love SkinnyPop popcorn

  1. It’s non GMO, which means SkinnyPop popcorn doesn’t contain any genetically modified ingredients.
  2. Preservative free, For example a bag of the original flavor includes popcorn, sunflower oil and salt only, nothing else.
  3. Free from artificial flavors, You will not find any ingredients you can’t pronounce in a bag of SkinnyPop popcorn.
  4. Zero trans fat, Trans fat increase your cholesterol levels and increase your chance of heart disease. Knowing I’m snacking on something with zero trans fat surely makes me feel good.
  5. Absolutely delicious: It is very had to find snacks that are good for you and taste delicious,  Skinny pop is one of those. Its truly a guilt free and is a tasty snack.

The next time you are trying to figure out what to snack on, try pairing popcorn and wine. You will be glad you did! You can find out more about SkinnyPop here. If you are looking for another snack to add to your TV watching routine, check out these delicious Watermelon Feta triangles.

Garlic and herb hummus

 Yesterday while watching The Kitchen on the food network channel, they had this interesting segment where they would ask if it is better to buy some foods at the store or make them at home.They tried a few things like salsa, barbecue sauce and the one that caught my eye was the home made hummus. I have always wanted to make this dish at home and after I saw how easy it was I knew I had to try it. 


Hummus originated from the middle east and is simply a food dip or spread made from mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. This healthy dish makes a perfect dip for tortilla or pita chips, veggies and can be incorporated into meals in various ways.                        
Ingredients 
1 can chick peas
1 can cannellini beans
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp fresh dill
1 tbsp cilantro
 2 tbsp olive oil 
salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions
Puree’ all ingredients in a large blender, add more olive oil if mixture is too thick. Store in a air tight container and refrigerate. Mine lasted for a little over a week.


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