Cranberry Joy Bars by Digital 360 Coach Joe

4
PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
34 hr 10 min
Prep
30 min
Cook
33 hr 40 min
Serves
28
Difficulty
Easy
This is Coach Joe’s version of one of his favorite, seasonal coffee shop treats. He uses mashed banana to cut down on some of the sugar, but keeps in all of the cranberry and white chocolate goodness of the original bar. Feel free to drizzle melted white chocolate over the top for an extra dose of sweetness. And pop them in the refrigerator to chill for the full copycat-bar experience.

Ingredients

Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Mashed fresh banana

1 cup(s), about 2 medium-large ripe bananas

Unpacked light brown sugar

cup(s)

Egg(s)

1 item(s), large

Unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup(s)

All-purpose flour

1¼ cup(s)

Baking soda

½ tsp

Ground ginger

¼ tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Lily's White chocolate style baking chips

2¾ oz, about 1/2 cup

Reduced sugar dried cranberries

½ cup(s), chopped, divided

WW Reduced-fat whipped cream cheese spread

8 oz

Powdered sugar (confectioner's)

3 Tbsp

Orange zest

2 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a 9 X 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on 2 sides; coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the banana, brown sugar, egg, applesauce, and peanut butter until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda, ginger, and salt, and gently combine until just mixed. Fold in the white chocolate chips and half the chopped cranberries. Pour into the prepared pan, and spread into an even layer. Bake until set, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and zest.
  4. Use the overhanging parchment to remove cooled bars from pan. Spread the cream cheese-frosting evenly over top, and sprinkle with remaining chopped cranberries. Cut into 14 squares, and then cut each square in half on a diagonal. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  5. Serving size: 1 triangle