I’ve been on a healthy eating regimen as of late and sweets and I haven’t been too friendly as of late. Well, on the weekend I broke down and decided that treats and I needed to be reaquainted with each other. I opened up my vegetarian Rebar cookbook and found that I basically had all the ingredients to make a sweet looking snack. The recipe called for raspberry jam (which I didn’t have), so I subsituted some sour cherry jam. I also included some unsweetened coconut because I LOVE coconut and figured it would taste great in this recipe (it did). I wasn’t too crazy about the squares on the first day (we had them still warmish)…but somehow in the following days, this bar recipe kept getting better and better! I’m so making this again….but not for a little while — y’know, health benefits and all.
cherry oat bars
Recipe from Rebar cookbook
3/4 c unbleached flour
3/4 c whole wheat flour
2 c rolled oats
1 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c unsweetened flake coconut
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c plus 2 T soft butter
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 c cherry jam (insert your favorite jam here)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 10″ by 15″ baking dish and set aside.
2. Place all ingredients, except the egg and the jam, into a mixer & mix throughly. Remove half of the misture and set aside. Blend the egg into the remaining mixture and press it into the prepared baking sheet. Bake until firm and lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
3. Remove the crust from the oven and spread the jam evenly over the surface. Sprinkle the top with the remaining crumbly mixture. Bake 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool and cut into bars.