Healthier Cherry Oatmeal Bars, made without refined sugar and gluten free. The oat streusel topping is to die for! You can also use other berries like blueberries and raspberries
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Cherry Oatmeal Bars (Refined Sugar Free and Gluten Free)

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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking without sugar, cherry oatmeal bars, gluten-free baking, gluten-free desserts, healthy oatmeal bars, oats topping
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 15 bars
Calories 229 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour or regular all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 7 oz unsalted butter 200 g, at room temperature, cut into cubes.

Filling

  • 12 oz frozen cherries 350 g, pitted (about 2 1/2 cups) - you can also use berries like raspberries and blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey or rice malt syrup or pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F - 175C. Line a 2 quart (18x28 cm) rectangular baking dish (like this one) with parchment paper for easy unmolding. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine coconut sugar, oats, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add butter and mix until crumbly and butter is incorporated. You can use a pastry cutter for that. I don't own one so I just used my fingertips.
  3. Add half of the mixture in the prepared baking dish and press it down firmly on the bottom with the palm of your hands. Set aside while you prepare the filling.
  4. Add cherries, water, and honey in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring from time to time. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until light brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely (at least 2 hours - you can pop them in the fridge to speed up the process) before cutting into squares with a knife. They will be too fragile to cut when hot. After two days, the topping will start to soften.

Recipe Notes

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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Nutrition Facts
Cherry Oatmeal Bars (Refined Sugar Free and Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 1.9%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.