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Recipes for CLL Patients: Cranberry-Orange Fruit Bars
Posted: May 30, 2023
Recipes for CLL Patients: Cranberry-Orange Fruit Bars image

Try the below recipe to gain the following health benefits: 

  • Nuts: They are a nutrient-dense food rich in healthy fats, fiber, protein, and several vitamins and minerals. Studies have linked regular consumption of nuts with reduced risk of heart disease, enhanced brain function, and better weight control
  • Whole-grain flour: It has more nutrients and fiber than refined flour. In addition to aiding digestion, it maintains stable blood sugar levels and promotes heart health
  • Cranberries: The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in cranberries support a healthy immune system and reduce the risk of infections
  • Oranges: They are a rich source of vitamin C that supports immunity, skin and vision health, and protects cells against damage from free radicals

Cranberry-Orange Fruit Bars



  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts) or old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 1 ½ cup soft white whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract

Fruit Filling

  • 5 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen, divided
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange segments
  • 1 ½ tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Cooking Directions:


  1. Combine ¾ cup nuts (or oats), flour, cane sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse until the nuts are finely ground.  Add butter; pulse until well incorporated.
  2. Whisk egg, oil, 1 tsp vanilla, and almond extract in a small bowl. With the motor running, add the mixture to the food processor. Process, then pulse, scraping down the sides, if necessary, until the mixture begins to clump, 30-45 seconds (it will look crumbly). Measure out ½ cup of the mixture and combine in a bowl with the remaining ¼ cup chopped nuts (or oats). Set aside for the topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Generously coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Fruit Filling & Assemble Bars

  1. Combine 3 cups cranberries, orange juice, cane sugar, and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick, 4-5 minutes. (It may take up to 10 minutes to get a thick result if you start with frozen fruit.) Stir in the remaining 2 cups cranberries, orange zest, and 1 tsp vanilla.
  2. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom to form a crust. Spread the fruit filling over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling.
  3. Bake the bars for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake until the crust and topping are lightly brown, 25-30 minutes more. Let cool completely before cutting into bars, at least 1 ½ hours.

Nutritional Information per Serving 

Serves: 18 Bars  

Per Serving (per bar):  205 Calories, 9g Fat, 2g Sat. Fat, 9g Carbohydrates, 5g Protein, 3g Fiber, 70mg Sodium

Source: EatingWell 

The author Megan Heaps

about the author
Megan Heaps

Megan joined HealthTree as a Community Coordinator for CLL in 2022. She is the daughter of a blood cancer patient and has found a passion for helping support patients and caregivers to advance research for their cure and improve their quality of life. In her spare time, she loves to be around family, sew, and cook. 

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