Solar Cranberry Granola Bars

Cranberry Granola

You’ll get a bonus portion of plain old granola when you slice these bars; they’re a little on the crumbly side. No worries, just put the crumbs in a jar and use as you would regular granola. That is if you don’t eat them all while you’re doing the slicing.

Cranberry Granola Bars


3 cups old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups raw almonds, roughly chopped

1 cup raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds (or a mixture)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup pure maple syrup, preferably grade B

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup dried cranberries


Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Line two baking pans with parchment paper.

In a very large bowl, put the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, mix well to combine.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, brown sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, and vanilla extract.

Use a rubber spatula and mix until the oat mixture is coated with the maple syrup mixture. Mix in the cranberries.

With wet hands, firmly press the mixture into the prepared baking pans. Cross stack the pans in the Sun Oven and bake until golden, 45 minutes to 1 hour (top pan will bake slightly faster). Cool 10 minutes in pans on racks then use the parchment paper to lift the bars onto the racks. Let cool completely before slicing into bars.

Cranberry Bars


Solar Breakfast Bake

Oat Banana Bake

Great for a weekend brunch or to make ahead for a ready-made weekday breakfast. Or pair it with vanilla ice-cream for dessert.

Solar Banana and Oatmeal Breakfast Bake


2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped

1/4 teaspoons salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup milk

3 bananas, 1 mashed, 2 sliced

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combing the oats, baking powder, almonds, and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together the egg, milk, and mashed banana. Stir the wet ingredients into the oat mixture. Arrange 1/2 of the sliced bananas on the parchment paper. Spread the oatmeal mixture evenly over the bananas. Top with the remaining banana slices. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the top. Bake in the Sun Oven until set, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 4 servings.

Year Round Solar Peach Muffins

Bran Muffins

Canned, fresh, or frozen peaches work equally well for this recipe which means it can be prepared year round.

Peachy Sun Oven Muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)

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Solar Breakfast Bread

New Sun Oven

This sweet bread can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast to go.

Sun Oven Oatmeal Bread


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

2/3 cup golden raisins

3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

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More Solar Breakfast Bars

Peach Oatmeal Bars

I had quite a bit of very ripe fruit on hand so I whipped up another batch of oatmeal bars. This version is even less sweet than the original, maybe because of the peach, so next time I’m definitely adding some maple syrup.

Sun Oven Peach and Banana Oatmeal Bars

(adapted for the Sun Oven from Hillbilly Recipes)


3 medium ripe bananas

1 ripe peach

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill muesli

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Solar Breakfast Bars

Oatmeal Banana Bars

Here’s a good way to take your oatmeal on the go. These breakfast bars are sweet enough even without any added sugar, but I might sneak a little maple syrup into my next batch.

Sun Oven Baked Oatmeal Bars

(adapted for the Sun Oven from Hillbilly Recipes)


3 medium ripe bananas

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon.


Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a potato masher or fork. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared baking pan.

Bake in the Sun Oven until firm and starting to brown, about 40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Use the parchment paper to lift it out of the pan. Let cool completely before cutting into 16 bars.



Solar Baked Oatmeal Bites

A cross between a cracker and a cookie, these super easy to make, slightly sweet squares go well with cheese, soups, or even yogurt.

Sun Oven Oat Crackers


1/2 cup steel cut oats

2/3 cup wholewheat flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

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Solar Irish Soup

Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast. Steel-cut oats give this simple soup its unique flavor and texture.

Sun Oven Irish Soup with Oats


2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

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Solar Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

These muffins are yet another way to make your morning oatmeal easy to eat on the go. Store them in the freezer and take one out before going to bed. Then all you have to do is remember to grab it when you head out in the morning. There’s nothing worse than being half way to work and realizing your breakfast is sitting on the kitchen counter.

Sun Oven Oatmeal Raisin Muffins


1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

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Solar Breakfast Bars

Now that we live in the L.A. area long commutes are becoming a part of life. What should be a 20 minute trip can take an hour (on a good day) or more. Easy to eat, fun snacks like these oatmeal bars help make sitting in traffic a little more bearable. This recipe is pretty basic. It can be jazzed up with mix-ins such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried fruit.


3 cups old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg, beaten

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