Food and Drinks

Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars

Starbucks vegan cranberry delight bars

Starbucks offers a wide range of vegan drinks, including apple crisp oat milk, Macchiatos, and cinnamon dolce latte.

The famous cream cheese and cranberry bars are one item you can’t get at Starbucks as a Vegan.

I created my own vegan version to ensure I don’t miss out on any holiday fun. These homemade cranberry bars are dairy- and egg-free, low in calories, sugar-free, gluten-free, and keto.

Cream cheese frosting recipe

Use your favorite vanilla or plain white frosting (many packaged products are vegan by accident!) You can either use the vegan frosting below or your favorite vanilla or white frosting (many packaged brands are accidentally vegan!)

Beat 8 ounces of softened store-bought cream cheese, or homemade vegan Cream Cheese, with four tablespoons of plant-based butter, 2 cups powdered sugar or powdered Erythritol, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Add milk to your liking, such as coconut or almond milk.

Vegan cranberry bliss bar ingredients

This festive recipe for cranberry Christmas bars calls for almond flour, dried cranberries, and powdered ginger. It also includes baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, water, orange juice, and regular or mini white chips.

The almond meal may be substituted for almond flour. You can also make a version without nuts by replacing white chocolate chips and dried cranberries with dark chocolate. Add the orange zest.

I haven’t tried other flour, like coconut, all-purpose, or gluten-free. Therefore, I am unable to recommend any additional flour in this recipe.

This recipe includes maple syrup (pure), agave (not vegan), honey, or keto maple syrup. You can experiment with granulated or other dry sweeteners at your own risk. Please report the results.

How to make vegan cranberry bar

Line a square 8-inch pan with parchment. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix the almond powder, ginger powder, baking soda, and dried cranberries in a large bowl.

Stir to combine all the remaining ingredients. These bars are made from gluten-free almond flour, so there is no need to overmix.

Pour the batter into a prepared 8-inch pan. Use your hands to smooth the batter into the pan.

Remove the cake from the oven after 12 minutes and allow it to cool completely. Then, you can decorate.

If you serve vegan cranberry bars at an event or party, they can be done at room temperature. To keep leftovers fresh, store them covered in the fridge. You can also slice the bars and freeze them. Thaw bars before eating.

Keto cranberry bliss bars

Use keto maple syrup or your favorite liquid sweetener for a recipe that is low in carbs and sugar-free.

Although I haven’t tried it, I can recommend using powdered Erythritol instead of liquid Erythritol.

There is no need to use other flour as the recipe already calls for almonds. Coconut flour will make the bars crumbly and dry.

Converting a recipe into gram measurements

Here are the measurements you should use if, like me, for ease of cleaning and precision, you bake using a food scale rather than measuring cups:

360g almond flour (without the water), 45g maple syrup, 10g vanilla extract, 60g white choc chips, 60g dried Cranberries, and other ingredients not measured in grams.

Two teaspoons of orange zeal can be obtained from a medium orange.


3 cups of almond flour

1/4 tsp ginger powder

Salt and baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon each

3 tbsp of water

Orange zest

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Half a cup of pure maple syrup or Keto maple syrup

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Optional: 1/2 cup white mini chocolate chips

See frosting options below


Line an 8-inch pan with parchment and set it aside. Mix the dry ingredients, then add all other ingredients (except frosting) to form a dough. The cranberries can either be sprinkled on top or mixed in with the dough. Use a second piece of parchment paper to press the dough into the pan evenly. Bake for 12 minutes. Let the cake cool down completely before frosting.

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