These streusel-topped Cherry Oatmeal Bars taste every bit as yummy as the ones from the coffee shop but are made without refined sugar and are gluten-free.
Add cherries, water, and honey in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Transfer to a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. If using a blender, cool for a few minutes before blending. You can also use an immersion blender. Transfer back into the saucepan.
In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water and pour into cherry filling. Heat over medium-high heat and whisk constantly until it thickens, about 1 minute. The mixture will be very thick.
Turn off the heat and while it's still hot, spread the filling over the first layer of the oat mixture. Make sure all the oats are covered. Cool slightly then top with remaining oats and press lightly with your hands.
I also tried this recipe with a combo of raspberries and blueberries and it was to die for!
If you don't have the patience to wait, you can serve it warm as a crisp/crumble!
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