Gluten Free Cranberry and Oats Flapjack Bars And An Easy Peasy Cupcake Selection

This is a commissioned post for Ocean Spray®.

Happy Tuesday.

We did not venture out too far over the weekend. The amount of snow we had was ridiculous. Who would have thought it was more or less Spring?! Our weekend back up plan, then was to stay indoors and do some gluten-free baking.

{You may already know, but if not my Daughter has just recently been diagnosed with the Coeliac Disease}.

She finds that a lot of the gluten-free treat recipes in the shop are not as nice as the ones that she is used to eating with gluten. I have tried to make some of her favourite treats gluten-free. Read on for the results.

Gluten-free cakes and treats are crazy expensive in the shops too. So experimenting with homemade recipes is worth a go. I have yet to find a bargain in the treat aisle which is Gluten free.

She finds home baked cakes and biscuits a lot nicer.

Over the weekend we made lots of her favourite recipes and experimented how to make them gluten-free.
We made traditional pancakes, which we found to be a lot thinner consistency. However with extra cooking time still turned out the same. Oat pancakes were a lot thicker and she said she thought they were both tasty.

We also made yummy flapjacks for lunch box treats and some cupcakes too. We found out that using gluten-free products in our baking turned out almost the same. So I was well chuffed with that. Result!

Yummy homemade cakes and biscuits 1 point. Shop bought cakes and biscuits 0 points 😉 Ha!

I can now make her yummy lunchbox treats in bulk on Sunday knowing they will last the week out. More importantly, She enjoys the taste, She doesn’t feel left out and I save a few quid on the Gluten Free cake shop prices.

Here are the gluten-free recipe version but you can make the same recipe up with rolled oats and margarine of your choice if you do not need to be gluten-free.

All these recipes are bursting with flavour thanks to Ocean Spray® who sent us some of their tasty Ocean Spray® Whole Berry™ To Review earlier last week. Thankfully I managed to nip out before the snow arrived to buy some more as we drank the first 2 cartons straight away.

Firstly we made some flapjacks. Perfect for lunch box treats.

How To Make Gluten Free Cranberry And Oat Flapjack Bars:

Makes 12


  • 75ml Ocean Spray Cranberry, Blueberry, Raspberry & Strawberry juice
  • 100g Dairy and gluten-free olive spread
  • 100g  Golden caster sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Golden syrup
  • 200g Gluten-free rolled oats
  • 125g Dried cranberries

You Will Also Need:

  • 20cm square baking tin
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Extra olive spread for greasing the baking tin

How To Make Gluten Free Cranberry And Oat Flapjack Bars:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C (fan) gas mark 4

2. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with greaseproof paper.

3. In a medium-sized span melt the olive spread, golden syrup and golden caster sugar together over a low to medium heat. When it has all melted add the cranberry juice and stir well. Remove from the hob, stir in the oats and dried cranberries until all combined nicely.

5. Transfer all the mixture into the prepared greased proof lined baking tin.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

8. Allow cooling in the tin for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes cut into 12  pieces and leave to cool completely.

9. Once cooled remove from the tray and serve or store in an airtight container. Eat within a few days.

Gluten Free Cranberry and Oats Flapjack Bars.

One of our favourite treat recipes is homemade cupcakes. They are so quick and easy to make and always taste delicious.

Here is a selection I made for my Daughter on Friday as a surprise weekend treat. She loved them and they tasted delicious. Yes, I did help her eat one or two 🙂

Easy Peasy Gluten Free Cranberry Cupcake Selection:

Makes 12

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Decoration Time:10 Minutes


  • 150g Dairy and gluten free olive spread
  • 150g Golden caster sugar
  • 150g Gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 3 Medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extracts
  • 3 Tbls of Ocean Spray Wholeberry Cranberry juice

Iced Topping for 6 Cupcakes:

  • 100g Icing sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Ocean Spray Wholeberry Cranberry juice
  • A few dried cranberries ( optional)

Buttercream Icing:

  • 25g  Dairy and gluten free olive spread
  • 100g Icing sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Ocean Spray Wholeberry Cranberry juice

How To Make Easy Peasy Gluten Free Cranberry Cupcake Selection:


  1. Pop the olive spread, caster sugar, sifted gluten-free self-raising flour, eggs, vanilla extracts and cranberry juice into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 180c fan oven.
  3. Place 12 cupcake cases into a muffin tray.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well with an electric mixer.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the 12 cupcake cases.
  6. Bake for around 18 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and pop onto a wire rack to cool.

Once cool store in a cake tin until you are ready to top.

Iced Topping:

  • Simply mix 100g Icing sugar and 2 Tablespoons of Ocean Spray Wholeberry Cranberry juice together and spoon onto the 6 cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle with a few dried cranberries (optional).

Buttercream Icing:

  • Mix 25g Dairy and gluten free olive spread with 100g Icing sugar and add 1 Tablespoon of Ocean Spray Wholeberry Cranberry juice for a fruity flavour.
  • Cut a round circle off the top of cakes and cut each circle into 2. Spoon some buttercream into the hole of the cupcake and add 2 half circles to look like wings.

What do you think of my flapjacks and cakes?

Fancy trying any?

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  1. Tamar SB
    March 20, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Yum! Now I want to bake!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Tamar, I have got to make some more cakes today 🙂

  2. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    March 20, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I'm glad you're finding gluten free recipes that she likes!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Heather. It is hard at first but getting easier, week by week 🙂

  3. Talya
    March 20, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    I've never thought of baking with Ocean Spray products before but I'm definitely going to give it a try having read this!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:19 am

      Thank you Talya. The icing sugar and buttercream tastes so fruity and yummy 🙂

  4. Helen J
    March 20, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Oo both of these look delicious! I especially like the sound of the flapjack, such a tasty idea putting cranberries in 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Helen 🙂

  5. Alex BetterTogether
    March 20, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Those flapjacks look so tasty! I recently rediscovered my love for cranberries after a UTI (of all things ha!) had me drinking lots of cranberry juice ha! x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Alex, whoo I hear it was good for that 🙂

  6. Sonia Cave
    March 20, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    The flap jacks look delicious and something new I could try out on my vegan hubby…who is rather long suffering on my lack of creativity on all things vegan!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:20 am

      Thanks Sonia 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    March 20, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    mmmm they look tasty ,must try those !!!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:20 am

      Thank you 🙂

  8. dear bear and beany
    March 21, 2018 / 6:42 am

    I love a flapjack and this looks delicious! My girls always want to make cupcakes too

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:22 am

      I am so glad cupcakes turn got great gluten free as they are so quick and easy to make up for her 🙂

  9. Battle Mum
    March 21, 2018 / 7:43 am

    They both sound really easy to make. My sister went gluten-free a few years ago but still complains about the cost of gluten-free foods in the supermarkets. I'll forward the link to your post to her so she can try these out!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Aww, thank you. Yes treat we always buy the children like a packet of biscuits can be 2 or 3 times more expensive 🙁

  10. Kara Guppy
    March 21, 2018 / 8:16 am

    My friends little girl has Coeliac Disease and whilst they manage at home with food, eating out and birthday parties get frustrating. These look delicious

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Thanks Kara. Yes, same here. My oldest Son wanted us to go out for a meal the day before Mother's day but we had to leave it because we had no idea where to go. This is something I have to look into next.

  11. Stella Olojola
    March 21, 2018 / 8:27 am

    These recipes look and sound very tasty. I will be trying them.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 21, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Aww, thank you Stella 🙂

  12. NmDiaries
    March 21, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Oh my word these look scrumptious! Not just because I am on my lunch and am hungry but because they actually look delicious & I am have a massive sweet tooth! I can go crazy over flapjacks!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I have a sweet tooth too 🙂

  13. Deborah Nicholas
    March 21, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    oh wow that all looks amazing and my daughters would kill for those cupcakes!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks Deborah 🙂 My Daughter was so pleased with them.

  14. Sara-Jayne Jones
    March 22, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I have a real thing about cranberries at the moment – I wish I lived near you, I'd pop over for a flapjack!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Hehe, thanks Sara-Jayne 🙂

  15. LilJem
    March 22, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Yummy! Those flapjacks look great, and I love cranberries.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  16. Chloe Ciliberto
    March 22, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Wow all of them look amazing. I really want to try the flapjacks. That's so good you've found some yummy treats your daughter can enjoy! x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks Chloe, she is happy now we have made some of her favourite recipes, gluten free 🙂

  17. Stephanie Moore
    March 22, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    We love making flapjacks for the kids lunch boxes. These would be good

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks Stephanie. Flapjacks are perfect for lunch box treats, aren't they 🙂

  18. Jenny Sparmo
    March 23, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    These look good Homemade treats are always better. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you Jenny 🙂

  19. Miz Helen
    March 24, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    We will love your Bars, they look so good! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday!Miz Helen

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Miz Helen 🙂

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