Once a month ACME Farms + Kitchen partners with Parkview Elementary School PTA to provide a healthy snack or treat for the school's 335 students. The kids love these scratch-made goodies prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

This past Friday the kids were treated to Cranberry Oat Bars. The bars included whole wheat pastry flour from Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill, Lonesome Whistle Farm rolled oats, Larsen's Creamery butter, and cranberries from Starvation Alley Farms.

These monthly snacks are a fun way to get the students to experience new flavors and scratch cooking. Past treats have included sweet potato hummus with rainbow carrots, apple cinnamon muffins, veggie kabobs with homemade ranch dressing,  scratch-made pretzel sticks with honey mustard, and kale dusted Dakota Black Popcorn. 

At ACME Farms + Kitchen we love the opportunity to provide this food to the kids of Parkview and would like to share some of the experience with you too.

Treat yourself and family to some Cranberry Oat Bars!

Cranberry Oat Bars

Crust and Topping
2C whole wheat pastry flour
1C rolled oats
1C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup butter cold, cubed
1/2 cup sliced almonds
4C frozen cranberries (~28 oz)
4 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp lemon zest
1/3C orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 13x9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add butter and mix with an electric mixer or pastry cutter until small clumps of dough form. Remove and reserve 2 cups of this mixture.
  3. Press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared cake pan. Set aside.
  4. In a sauce pan, combine the cranberries, orange juice, sugar, cornstarch and lemon peel and cook until the cranberries pop. Pour mixture over the top of the crust.
  5. Add sliced almonds to the reserved oat mixture and mix well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the cranberries.
  6. Bake until the topping is golden-brown and the cranberries have begun to bubble, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely then cut into bars.

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