Cherry Pie Crumble Bars

by nomeatbarefeet

This recipe has been sitting on Katie’s Pinterest food board for a while now (from Peanut Butter & Peppers), and this past week when I suddenly had the urge to bake what was Katie’s advice? “Do the Cherry bars!” So here they are in all their cherry glory.

It might seem like there are some challenges with the ingredients (oat flour? almond meal?) but it is quite easy to prep them and you can always do larger batches to have extra ready for next time.

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Oat flour: measure out how much you need in whole oats (not quick-cook) and blend in a food processor until fine.

Almond meal: same deal—measure out roughly how much you need and blend…but don’t blend for too long or else you will make almond butter. So go until the almonds are tiny little crumbles.

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1 1/2 cups cherry jam or preserves
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup to sweeten jam (optional)

For the base

  • 3/4 C oat flour
  • 3/4 C oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal (not quick cook)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

The How To

  1. Preheat oven to 375F oil an 8 x8 pan.
  2. To make the Base: Combine oat flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add in the applesauce, maple syrup, water, vanilla and mix well. Pour/scoop batter into the prepared pan and push down firmly with fingers to smooth out.
  3. To make the filling. If using maple syrup, mix it into the Cherry preserve/Jam, and then spread over top of oat mixture.
  4. To make the topping: Add almond meal, shredded, coconut, 1/4 cup oat flour, 1/4 cup oats, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl. Mix well. Add coconut oil and brown sugar. Crumble mixture with your fingers. Sprinkle over top of Cherry mixture.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 mins. at 375F or until the top is slightly golden and firm. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

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These are really, really tasty; they might not even last the day. Remember: sharing is caring—so give some of these to friends or coworkers to butter them up 😉

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