Cherry oat bars (gluten-free)
Sweet, crispy oat bars filled with a tart cherry coconut filling.
Looking for a recipe that’ll make your house smell wonderful, yield a generous amount of baked goods, and provide nutrition and sweetness in one bite? Here it is. These cherry oat bars, which can also be made into chocolate cherry oat bars, are gluten-free, high in soluble fiber (lowers cholesterol) and oozing with tart cherry filling.
If you opt for the chocolate option, these bars take a definite shift into the dessert department, but either way, they make a filling breakfast, snack or scrumptious dessert.
- 1 cup oats
- 3 cups finely ground oats
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, optional
- 1 cup chopped chocolate, optional
- 1 16-ounce jar sour cherry fruit spread
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Mix bar ingredients in electric mixer until everything is combined and sticky.
Press half the mixture onto a parchment-lined 10x15 baking pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread cherry preserves over the top. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top.
Sprinkle remaining oat crumbs over the top, and return to oven for an additional 18-20 minutes, or until very light and golden on top.
Allow to cool, and then cut into squares.