Lemon Cherry Oat Bars

Lemon Cherry Oat Bars

Guys, have I got a recipe for you! These wholesome, vegan lemon cherry oat bars will blow your mind…but not your diet! Just imagine. Tangy lemon zest and tart dried cherries married together in a chewy, sweet soft-baked treat.

These bars have every quintessential quality that any oat bar should have. Rather than babble on about all their qualities, I thought it best to just keep it short and sweet and list them for you.

Crumbly.
Dense.
Chewy.
Rich.
Sweet.
Filling.
Vegan.
And last but not least, healthy!

Lemon Cherry Oat Bars

I can’t get enough of these bars. And I can’t say that I can’t get enough of them enough. I made these bars for the first time a few weeks ago, and have been making them weekly every since. It all started with an as per usual recipe developing session on a Saturday morning, that evolved into a pigging out session. In fact, I made these lemon cherry oat bars twice in one sitting, since I had practically devoured half of the first batch before they even had time to cool.

Lemon Cherry Oat Bars

You know the story…a little corner off here, just to taste. Then your taste buds do something magical and send messages to your brain that you MUST try more. So, you break off another corner, but then are forced to eat the entire half of the bar because it broke apart completely. And of course, you can’t just leave that lone halve sitting in the baking dish. So, you eat that piece too. End of story.

Before I knew it, I had devoured half of the kid’s morning snack (without their knowledge, which makes my devious act forgivable, don’t you agree?). Case in point, you have to make these lemon cherry oat bars! They are delicious, and they are good for you. Delicious snacks that you can feel good about feeding the family don’t come by very often…so take advantage of this recipe! On a final note, don’t let the lengthy list of ingredients deter you from making these. They literally all get thrown into a bowl and mixed together. It can’t get any easier than that!

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Lemon Cherry Oat Bars

2016-05-20
: 12 large bars
: 10 min
: 40 min

Guys, have I got a recipe for you! These wholesome, vegan lemon cherry oat bars will blow your mind…but not your diet! Just imagine. Tangy lemon zest and tart dried cherries married together in a chewy, sweet soft-baked treat. These bars have every quintessential quality that any oat bar should have. Rather than babble on about all …

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Ingredients
    1 tbs. chia seeds
  • 2 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup organic brown rice syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tbs. pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 3/4 cups gluten-free instant oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup carob chips (optional)
  • 1 tbs. hemp hearts (optional)
Directions

Preheat the over to 375 degrees. Warm the coconut oil (and honey, if solidified) in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until melted. Combine all of the wet ingredients (including the bananas) into a large bowl and mix until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes until the chia seeds have softened slightly. Add the dry ingredients, mix, and let sit in the bowl for about 5 minutes to allow the oats to soak up the liquid.

Pour the batter into a small baking dish lined with parchment paper. Cook for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before cutting into desired portions.

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