OATMEAL CHERRY BARS
These oatmeal cherry bars are packed with fresh cherry flavor and a crumbly buttery oatmeal base and topping. Use frozen cherries to save money and eat them year round.
Frozen cherries or fresh Water White sugar Corn starch Lemon juice Whole wheat flour Old fashioned oats Dark brown sugar Baking powder Salt Cold butter
Add all cherry filling ingredients to small sauce pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens (5-8 minutes). Refrigerate.
Prepare oatmeal mixture. Add whole wheat flour, old fashioned rolled oats, dark brown sugar, baking powder and salt to large mixing bowl. Mix together.
Add chopped cold butter. Cut into flower/oat mixture with two knives or with a pastry cutter until butter is pea sized.
Prepare bars by placing parchment paper in an 8x8 metal baking pan. then press ½ of the flour/oatmeal mixture into baking pan.
Pour cooled cherry mixture over base, spread over crust.
Sprinkle remaining flour/oatmeal mixture to make crumbly topping. Do not press down topping.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cherry filling is bubbling and topping is golden brown. Remove and cool before serving.
Enjoy as is or top with vanilla ice cream or yogurt.
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