cranberry-pear cake bars

I made the most delicious bars tonight!  They were super easy to make, they taste great, and they aren’t completely unhealthy.  I was going through some older issues of my Everyday Food magazine, and came across these.

 

Cranberry-Pear Cake Bars

(I switched up a few ingredients to the items I already had in my cabinets)

makes 16 bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated orange zest
  • 2 firm pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (if frozen, thaw before using)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

 

Below are a few of my organic ingredients that I used in this recipe…I forgot to snap photos of the others…

 

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 350°

– Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with parchment paper, which a few inches over the sides (for easy removal).  Lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray.

– In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

– In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and zest. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined.

–  Gently fold in pears, cranberries and walnuts – the mixture will be quite thick.

Local Cranberries

close up

Pears and cranberries added

Walnuts added

– Scoop the mixture into the lined 9″ x 13″ pan.  Make sure to even it all out so that it will bake evenly.

Ready to bake

– Bake until a toothpick placed near the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into bars.

all cooked

-After the bars have completely cooled, pull the parchment paper on each side to remove bars.  Place on a cutting board, cut into squares and enjoy!

Ready to eat!

This recipe was really easy to make, as many bars are.  Definitely a delicious treat!

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