Keto Cranberry Bliss BarsMake your own keto-friendly cranberry bliss bar with this delicious copycat recipe.
If you’ve been to Starbucks during the holiday season, you’ve likely seen these creamy and delicious cranberry bliss bars. While we’ve got our own favorite Starbucks keto hacks (ask for the iced London Fog Tea with heavy cream), you can’t hack out the sugar added to the desserts behind their display glass. Or, can you? If you want to save money and cut the carbs, make this keto copycat cranberry bliss bar at home.
What is a cranberry bliss bar, anyway? It’s a cookie bar packed with creamy white chocolate chips and covered in a buttercream frosting. It’s a perfect way to ring in the holiday season and a great pair to a cup of coffee. This homemade version of the coffee shop dessert is an easy sugar free holiday treat for gift-giving or even the office Christmas party. You can make the low carb dessert bars ahead of time so they're easy to share (or meal plan to eat them yourself, don't worry we won't tell Santa).
We love the mix of zesty cranberry and yummy white chocolate, so we made sure there was plenty of both in these festive blondie brownies. Not only did we sprinkle them into the bars, we've also melted our low sugar white chocolate chips to create a creamy frosting that's decorated with bright and beautiful red cranberries. Never again will you have to wait in line at the coffee shop for this seasonal treat.
Jump to recipe sections:
- What are cranberry bliss bars?
- What season are cranberry bliss bars from?
- How are cranberry bliss bars different from brownies?
- What’s the secret ingredient in cranberry bliss bars?
- Save money by baking homemade cranberry bliss bars.
- Why are these keto cranberry cookie bars better for you than the ones at Starbucks?
- How can I put a new spin on cranberry bars?
- How to store sugar free cranberry bliss bars.
What are cranberry bliss bars?
If you’ve ever visited your local Starbucks during the fall season, you might have seen these white chocolate cookie bars sprinkled with cranberries. It’s a blondie dessert that is full of cranberries and white chocolate with a cream cheese frosting. Nothing quite puts us in the holiday mood like this perfect coffee break snack. That’s why we wanted to make it keto!
What season are cranberry bliss bars from?
Just like the tangy cranberry sauce you might see on the Thanksgiving table, the cranberry bliss bars usually show up after Halloween and last through the Christmas season. If you ever feel the need to grab one for yourself, consider making this a homemade dessert. It’ll taste better and be lower in sugar.
How are cranberry bliss bars different from brownies?
Cranberry bliss bars aren’t brownies, but they have been called blondies. So what’s the difference between blondies and brownies? They’re both classified as “cookie bars” in the sense that they’re in between cookies and cake as far as texture. Blondies are all about that sweet vanilla flavor and usually contain white chocolate. Brownies are more focused on the chocolate flavor and they can range from dark to milk chocolate taste.
As you can imagine, we’re fans of both kinds of cookie bars (and everything in between). But, we found that the blondie type of cookie bar is used for the cranberry bliss bar because it pairs very well with the bright cranberries and creamy frosting.
What’s the secret ingredient in cranberry bliss bars?
We like to say our sugar free white chips are the secret ingredient in our low carb cranberry bliss bar recipe. But, some might say the grated ginger is a secret ingredient, too!
Save money by baking homemade cranberry bliss bars.
Let’s face it, regular visits to Starbucks can get a little pricey. While it’s not always easy to make copycats of their various drinks, their baked treats are a different story. Don’t waste money and energy on something you can make at home. The other great thing about making cranberry bliss bars at home is that you can make a whole batch for the week, so they’re easy to grab and go.
Why are these keto cranberry cookie bars better for you than the ones at Starbucks?
A cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks contains 28g of sugar! That’s a lot of sugar all at once, especially in the morning with a coffee. Our keto friendly bliss bar contains no added sugar and has >3g Net Carbs. That way you can easily make this an afternoon snack or breakfast without worrying about a sugar crash.
How can I put a new spin on cranberry bars?
If you think the triangle shape of these bars are a little boring, you can always use cookie cutters to make the shape of Christmas trees or even turkeys.
How to store sugar free cranberry bliss bars.
Slice up your bliss bars and then keep them in an airtight container for up to five days. That way it’s easy to grab one on your way out the door. If you’d like, you can also keep uncut pieces in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap for up to five days as well.
Keto Cranberry Bliss Bars
Keto Cranberry Bliss Bars
This low carb cranberry bliss bar tastes just like the original without all the sugar.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar substitute
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 tbsp grassfed gelatin
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar free white chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar-free dried cranberries chopped
6 Oz. cream cheese softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar substitute
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 tbsp almond milk, room temperature
2 tbsp sugar free dried cranberries chopped
1/2 tsp coconut oil
Garnish & Drizzle
Preheat the oven to 325°F and lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sweetener until well combined. Beat in the egg, ginger, and vanilla extract.
All at once, add the almond flour, gelatin, baking soda, and salt. Beat until the dough is thoroughly combined. Stir cranberries and sugar free white chocolate chips in by hand.
Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown but the center is still soft to the touch. Remove and let cool completely.
In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sweetener until well combined. Beat in the vanilla and then beat in the almond milk until smooth and creamy.
Spread the frosting evenly over the bars.
Drizzle & Garnish
Sprinkle the bars with the chopped dried cranberries.
In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, combine keto white chocolate chips and coconut oil or cocoa butter. Stir frequently until melted and smooth.
Drizzle over the bars and let set 20 minutes before cutting into bars.
- If you want that orange zest flavor, you can substitute the ginger with a teaspoon of orange extract.
Calories 195, Fat 16 grams, Carbs 14 grams, Net Carbs 4 grams, Protein 10 grams, Fiber 10 grams, Sugar 4 grams