SWEET CHERRY OAT BITES

Sweet cherries picked at the peak of ripeness are the epitome of summer. 

Cherry pies and tarts can be seen adorning many a picnic table at family gatherings. Cherry tarts are served al fresco and cherry jams and jellies win ribbons.

Imagine sitting in the shade of your favourite tree, snacking on these delectable fruits, on a warm day. As the rest of the world simply melts away. 

Of course, these are just as satisfying in the depths of winter, too. Offering a tasty reminder of the warm, summer sun on your skin and of new warm-weather adventures to come.  

With proper care, sweet and tart cherries can be grown in every climate in North America. Making it possible for you to pick cherries for this recipe right outside your garden door.

These cherry oat bites can be a deliciously quick escape, on a break from your busy workday. Maybe, to that shady spot under you favourite tree. 

Even a sweet moment in between classes can be savoured with these flavours, when lovingly packed in a lunch box. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 3 Chips

Servings: 60

Amount per serving

Calories

287

% Daily Value*

Total Fat: 16.1g

21%

   Saturated Fat 9.8g

49%

Cholesterol 40mg

13%

Sodium 156mg

7%

Total Carbohydrate 33.9g

12%

   Dietary Fiber 2g

7%

   Total Sugars 18.2g

Protein 3g

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 29mg

2%

Iron 1mg

2%

Potassium 125mg

3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories per day is used for general nutrition advice.

Total Prep Time: 1 Hour

Servings in Recipe: 1 Dozen

Serving Size:  1 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
Sweet Cherry Oat Bites Ingredients

SWEET CHERRY OAT BITES

DIRECTIONS

oat bites

  • 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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