Sweet cherries picked at the peak of ripeness are the epitome of summer. Imagine sitting in the shade of the trees snacking on these delectable fruits on a warm day as the rest of the world simply melts away. While other summer fruits harken sweet memories too, cherries bring to mind holiday celebrations, and the warmth of sharing picnics and pies with those we hold dear.

These cherry oat bites can be a deliciously quick escape from a busy day, to that shady spot under the cherry tree. Or a sweet moment in between classes when packed in a lunch box. However way you choose to enjoy them, be sure to stop and take a moment for yourself. You deserve it.

Total Prep Time: 1 hour

Servings in Recipe: 1 dozen

Serving Size:  1 bite (bar)

SWEET CHERRY OAT BITES

INGREDIENTS

filling

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries, pits removed
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

crust

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar or substitute
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter
Simmering Cherries

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat your oven to 375F (190C).
  • In a medium sauce pan, combine all filling ingredients and simmer on medium heat until mixture becomes thickened, similar to jam.
  • While simmering, lightly mash cherries with a potato masher to help them break down.
  • Once a jam-like consistency has been achieved, remove sauce pan from the heat and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the crust ingredients EXCEPT THE BUTTER.
  • Now cut the butter into the dry mixture with either a pastry cutter or two knives until the butter resembles small pebbles throughout the mixture. 
  • Press half the dry mixture into a 9×13 (or similar) baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  • Spread the cooled cherry mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
  • Add remaining crust mixture over the cherry filling, making sure those butter pebbles are evenly dispersed over the top so you don’t get spots of dry flour in your crust.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm or later as a sweet snack.

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