Low FODMAP Cranberry Crumble Bars

Low FODMAP Cranberry Crumble Bars

Published on Friday, November 17, 2023 by Jessie Hulsey

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As Thanksgiving approaches, what better way to sweeten the celebration than with our Low FODMAP Cranberry Crumble Bars? 

These delectable bars are not only a mouthwatering dessert but also a perfect addition to your holiday feast. Designed for those following a Low FODMAP diet, they bring a burst of festive flavor to the table while keeping digestive concerns in check. With the delightful blend of cranberries and a buttery, crumbly crust, these bars are a Thanksgiving dessert everyone can enjoy. 

Is Cranberry Sauce Low FODMAP?

Now, about that cranberry sauce. When following a Low FODMAP diet, it's crucial to select or create a sauce without high-FODMAP ingredients like excess fructose or high fructose corn syrup. If you prefer homemade, a basic Low FODMAP cranberry sauce can be prepared by gently simmering fresh or frozen cranberries with a touch of sugar and water until they burst and thicken into a delicious sauce. Be sure to taste-test and adjust the sugar to your preference while keeping it Low FODMAP.

Tips For The Perfect Bars

To achieve picture-perfect bars, let them cool completely before slicing. For clean cuts, try dipping a sharp knife in hot water between slices. If you're wondering about storage, these bars can be placed in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days. For a longer shelf life, keep them in the refrigerator. Remember, this recipe is a starting point for your creativity. Feel free to experiment with spices – consider adding a pinch of nutmeg or ginger to the mix for an extra layer of flavor! 

Serving Suggestions 

Once your cranberry crumble bars are ready, you can enjoy them in various delightful ways. While they're perfect on their own, why not elevate your experience? Top them with a dollop of lactose-free vanilla yogurt to contrast the tartness of the cranberries with a creamy richness. For a more indulgent treat, consider adding a scoop of lactose-free ice cream that complements the buttery crumble perfectly. These bars are not only dietary-friendly but also versatile, making them an ideal dessert for everyone at the table! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are cranberries considered Low FODMAP?

Cranberries are generally considered Low FODMAP in small quantities. About ½ cup of cranberries is considered safe per Monash University. Some store-bought cranberry products, like cranberry sauce, may contain high-FODMAP ingredients such as excess fructose or high fructose corn syrup. When incorporating cranberries into your Low FODMAP diet, it's advisable to stick to small servings and check ingredient labels for FODMAP content.

What variations can I make to this cranberry crumble bar recipe?

You can customize this recipe to suit your preferences or dietary needs. Here are a few variations to consider:

  • Dairy-Free: Substitute dairy-free butter for the butter in the recipe.
  • Spice It Up: Experiment with additional spices, like a pinch of nutmeg or ginger, to enhance the flavor.
  • Different Fillings: While cranberries are fantastic, feel free to try other low FODMAP fillings like raspberries or strawberries for a different twist.

Can I double this cranberry crumble bar recipe?

Absolutely! You can double the recipe to make a larger batch of cranberry crumble bars. Simply adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly, use a larger baking dish, and follow the same preparation steps. Remember that the baking time may need a little adjustment, so check for doneness by ensuring the top is golden brown. Doubling the recipe is an excellent idea, especially if you're serving a larger group or want extra bars for leftovers. 

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Low FODMAP Cranberry Crumble Bars

These Low FODMAP Cranberry Crumble Bars are a mouthwatering treat designed for individuals following a Low FODMAP diet. Featuring a harmonious blend of tart cranberry filling and a buttery, crumbly crust, these bars prove that dietary restrictions needn't stand in the way of enjoying a sweet escape.

Servings: 12


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins




  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup 8 ounces cold unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ½ cup cranberry sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Combine the granulated sugar, baking powder, all-purpose flour, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the cold butter chunks to the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. In a separate small bowl, beat the large egg. Then, add it to the butter and flour mixture. Mix until the dough comes together. It may be crumbly, but that's okay.
  5. Take about two-thirds of the crumbly mixture and press it into the bottom of the greased baking dish to create the crust.
  6. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over the crust layer.
  7. Crumble the remaining one-third of the dough mixture evenly over the cranberry sauce.
  8. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  9. Allow the cranberry crumble bars to cool in the baking dish for about 30 minutes.
  10. Once cooled, you can cut them into bars and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 319
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 17g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


You can make your own Low FODMAP cranberry sauce by simmering fresh or frozen cranberries with a little sugar and water. Check for FODMAP content in any store-bought cranberry sauce.

For neat bars, let them cool completely before slicing. You can also use a sharp knife dipped in hot water for cleaner cuts.

While cranberry is delicious, feel free to experiment with other Low FODMAP fillings like raspberry or strawberry.