Cranberry Ginger Bars Recipe Are Gluten-Free

These cranberry ginger bars are a very tasty combination of cranberries and ginger! I like anything with ginger but these bars are so good.  Of course, all my recipes have no refined sugar or cane sugar making them very healthy.

The health benefits of cranberries are almost totally depleted when generous amounts of sugar added. Thus the cranberry cannot provide you with its full phytonutrient benefits. To discover all the benefits of cranberries click here: Cranberries Have Amazing Health Benefits

In this recipe, it is apples and raisins to sweeten the cranberries. In the base and topping, I use rice syrup which helps bind it and gives some sweetness.

Apples – Your mom didn’t use the term superfood but she knew about apples. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was the first nutritional advice I and many children heard from their moms.  For this reason, we call them “the first powerfood.”

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Ginger – Ginger is a wonderful herb superfood full of health benefits. Spicy aromatic ginger adds a unique flavour to meals and beverages.  The many wonderful health benefits of ginger also cause the cells of my body to glow with gratitude.

As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia which is the healthy option.  The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you.  The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter.  The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based.  Liquid forms will be less processed.  Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness

Oats – are a low-calorie food that provides high levels of fiber and low levels of fat.  They help tp stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes while removing bad cholesterol.

If you want gluten-free oats, here is a very good one Harvest Gluten Free Organic Rolled Old Fashioned Oats which is good for cooked oatmeal porridge. For making a crumble, it is better to have one like this: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats

Brown Rice Flour – Has become a staple in my baking adding fiber and nutrition.   It assists in weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol and balances energy.  It is low cost and adds a somewhat dry gritty crumbly texture.

Brown rice syrup is made from cooked brown rice, which is fermented by adding enzymes to turn the starches in the rice into sugars. Brown rice syrup is absorbed easily into our system, leaving less for fat accumulation in contrast with regular sugar. It is a complex sugar thus takes longer to digest and does not create the sugar high that the simple sugars do.

Potato Flour – is high in fibre and protein and is a fine creamy white-yellow powder.  It is made from dehydrated whole potatoes and is a healthy substitute for xanthan gum or guar gum. Cautions: Don’t confuse with potato starch. Use much less.

For this recipe and all my recipes, I use Himalayan salt which is actually good for you!

Cranberry Ginger Bars Recipe

Cranberry Filling:

3 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries
2 cups of raisins (I prefer sultanas as they have a lighter flavour)
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
2 apples, chopped well
1 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Blend apples in water.
  2. In a large saucepan combine all ingredients with the blended apples.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
  4. Stir for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries have popped.
  5. Let cool.

Base and Topping:

2 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cup potato flour
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/2 tsp of salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
2 cups of rolled oats
1 tsp light liquid Stevia in 3 Tbsp water
3/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Mix dry ingredients together 
  3. Mix oil, rice syrup, and stevia well. 
  4. Add dry ingredients to the oil/rice syrup mixture. 
  5. Mix thoroughly with fingers. 
  6. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of crumb mixture for topping. 
  7. Press the remainder into a 9″ by 13″ baking pan. 
  8. Spread with cranberry mixture on the base 
  9. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs on top of the fruit. 
  10. Bake for 35 minutes.
  11. Take them out of the oven and let them cool before enjoying your cranberry ginger bars.

Other Healthy Cranberry Recipes

cranberry ginger bars
Homemade Cranberry Sauce

 Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce – Usually the problem with cranberry sauce is that it is full of sugar. Here is my version of the popular Cranberry Sauce without any sugar which is no easy thing when is comes to cranberries as they are so tart.

 Cranberry Celery Onion Gluten-Free Stuffing – This delicious gluten-free stuffing makes a holiday meal special and memorable.  Try this healthy recipe and you will satisfy both the difficult and easy to please!

 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries This roasted Brussels sprouts dish is exceptionally tasty, fit for a celebration meal. Roasting the Brussel sprouts till crisp takes away the sulfur odor and taste. Adding the cranberries and pecans takes it to a whole other level for a special meal.

You can also learn how to plan and prepare super healthy meals with my 2-5-30 Healthy Diet Online Courses.

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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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13 Comments

  1. These sound yummy, but I have a question……..
    Is it 1/4 cup ginger, that you then grate OR 1/4 cup grated ginger?
    Thanks!

  2. These are very yummy. I served them for dessert at dinner today and my friends loved them very much.
    Thank you for your question; I corrected the way I described the amount of ginger above. It is 1/4 cup of grated ginger. Also, changed the quantities of a couple of the ingredients so print it again with the changes.

  3. Thank you so much for this SUGARLESS fresh cranberry recipe with HEALTHY sweeteners. I follow the Geno-type diet and will substitute a few items. I am delighted to add new and wonderful recipes using REAL FOOD! Thanks again!

  4. Recipes sounds wonderful but can you explain why Brown Rice Syrup-just another word for sugar. would love to learn more about the health reasons

  5. Thank you fro the wonderful recipe.
    The recipe calls for 2 apples. Since the size can vary widely, can you give an approximate measurement? I usually buy #2 apples by the case and I get from very small to jumbo size fruit.

    1. Sorry for the late reply. Medium size apples will be good but if you use larger or smaller will still work. It is a matter of taste. Probably would be good to put a measurement in cups. I will look into that for the future. Let us know how it goes.

  6. Please clarify 1 tsp of Stevia…..liquid or powdered or leaf ??? Also, why the rice syrup and not just more stevia, which I have lots of ?

  7. Lucy, good questions. I use a liquid stevia that has chrysanthemum in it and it a not highly processed. I edited the ingredients above; thank you.

    You can try it with more stevia and leave out the rice syrup but it will not hold together. The rice syrup is a stick it together part. Also, what I have found is that when I make a dessert that I only used stevia to sweeten many do not like it so much.

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