Sanika’s No-Bake Cranberry Bars

No Bake Cranberry, Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Bars

Little Chef Sanika got tired of Mamma asking her not go near the oven or the gas stove, and asked for a recipe that needed no cooking or baking. I modified a Dr. Oz recipe for healthy and nutritious no-bake bars that she made which turned out really good and made her a star at school. All her friends are in awe and she plans to take a cooking class for them soon!

No Bake Cranberry, Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Bars

These yummy bars are actually certified by Dr. Oz as healthy and nutritious and have no sugar added to them. Kids will love to make these as it takes nothing more than mixing dried cranberries, peanut butter and quick-cooking oats together and setting in the refrigerator. They need a few hours in the refrigerator, though, but keep well at room temperature after that.

The Recipe

Here’s the recipe Sanika used:

No-Bake Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Cranberry Bars Recipe

Sanika took down the recipe for her own recipe book. Art is always going to be her first love and I love the way she uses her talent to quickly sketch between her recipes. Reminds me of the ‘Jamie at Home’ recipe book in the show.

About the Ingredients:

1. Peanut Butter may be substituted with Almond Butter if your child is allergic.

2. The original recipe calls for tart cherries instead of cranberries so you can substitute that.

3. I would increase the quantity of the cranberries next time.

4. We used maple syrup, but honey will do just fine.

5. Sanika’s ‘tip’ about ‘roasting if it is old’ relates to the fact that I roasted the oats since they were a little dated.

6. You could sweeten them if you want. We just kept them this way.


Just mix everything together, press in a rectangular pan, refrigerate for 4-5 hours, slice and store.

It takes time to mix the ingredients for the kids (peanut butter being involved), but let them do it at their own pace and they end up mixing it quite well.

Makes: Approx. 8 Bars depending upon the size of the pan you use

Storage: They have lasted a week at room temperature and could last more since none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated. Anyways, they are gone pretty quickly so you probably won’t need to store them longer.