It’s the eve of a four day weekend, and I think this is my exact favorite part of all the days off. There’s the promise of pancakes and diy Pinterest projects (yikes) all in the immediate future. There’s no bedtime to follow. And there’s a lot of crazy just floating around in my brain that I don’t have to make sense of. It feels good.
You should know this. I’m planning a weekend where the open wine bottles in their hurry up and drink me stages on my counter are my favorite kind of trouble.
But…allowing time for Target wanderings before lunches with friend is a close second. I never leave these occasions without nail polish or tank tops or one new plate to compliment my mixed up collection. I just can’t be responsible in that store.
In addition to consuming too much maple syrup, I think I’ll subscribe to the theory that anything involving oatmeal is automatically breakfast. Oats and coconut oil? Game over.
(Also…please tell me this is health food?)
Orange zest is rubbed into a portion of the sugar, for a bright, citrus flavor. Dried cranberries are in for dried raisins…because a cranberry/orange/coconut combination beats everything ever. I also impulse bought orange m&m’s (fine…at Target) last month. This felt like the best use of such an awkward candy. (And was a totally good idea.)
I baked these into bars because a) it’s so much simpler than individual cookies and b) it feels more like a granola bar than a cookie. This is just enough to convince my brain that these belong with milky coffee…in the morning hours.
Weekends are for rule breaking…especially when there are extra days involved. Live it right.
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bars
recipe adapted from Quaker Oats
1 cup coconut oil (at room temperature/solid)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup orange m&m’s (or chocolate chips)
1 tablespoon orange zest
Zest orange, and combine with 1/4 cup granulated sugar; set aside. Beat together remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and coconut oil. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and oats) and stir to incorporate. Fold in dried cranberries, m&m’s and orange zested sugar. Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13″ pan and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 25-30 minutes.