Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars

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When I was trying to figure out what dessert to make for Thanksgiving last week I knew pie was out. I made pecan pie the week before Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie two weeks in a row before that. I think poor Eric was all pie’d out so I had to get a little creative. Last year when we were home for Christmas my mom bought a pack of cranberry bliss bars from Starbucks for us to snack on. They were delicious. When I remembered this I figured it might be time to try to make a vegan version.

About a month ago I bought a few brands of dairy free white chocolate from amazon to experiment with. I settled on this dairy free white chocolate as my favorite so I used it in this recipe. We also made chocolate cookies with white chocolate chunks using this white chocolate and they were so tasty!

 

Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars
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Vegan cranberry bliss bars
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars
Print Recipe
Vegan cranberry bliss bars
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
For the Frosting
For the White Chocolate Drizzle
Servings: bars
Instructions
For the Bars
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 9x13 inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer cream together the vegan butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  3. Add in the orange extract, vanilla extract and apple sauce and whip until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground ginger. Stir to combine.
  5. Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture while mixing until well combined. Be careful not to over mix the batter.
  6. Add the cranberries, white chocolate and candied ginger and stir with a spoon until incorporated.
  7. Spread the batter on the baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove the bars from the oven and use the parchment paper to transfer to a cutting board to cool.
For the Frosting
  1. In a stand mixer whip the vegan cream cheese and vegan butter until creamy.
  2. Add the orange zest and powdered sugar and whip until frosting forms.
  3. Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled bars.
  4. Top the bars with cranberries.
For the White Chocolate Drizzle
  1. In a microwave safe bowl microwave the coconut oil and white chocolate until melted (usually about 45 seconds to a minute in our microwave). Stir with a spoon and then drizzle over the bars.
  2. Cut the bars into 12 squares and then cut each square diagonally to yield cranberry bliss bars.
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