I love happy mail and last weeks delivery of 10 lbs. of sweet, juicy cherries definitely made me happy!
I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the 10 lb. Cherry Challenge sponsored by the super nice people at OXO and the NW Cherry Growers. They have challenged myself and twenty-two other food bloggers, to post recipes using, what else!?!?
I also received a nice digital food scale, two cherry pitters and a fabulous set of nesting bowls, each with their own colander and lid. I can already tell I am going to use these ALOT.
After eating almost an entire pound of cherries while I contemplated what to make, I decided on a healthy snack that I could take to work.
(By the way, this cherry pitter is awesome!)
I don't know about you, but mid-morning I need a snack!
Cherry Pecan Oat Bars are a snack you can feel good about eating.
Gotta love that!
Here's what I used to make them.
Cherry Pecan Oat Bars
2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
1 T nutmeg
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/3 cup almond milk
1 T vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat 8 x 8 bake dish with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal, oats, flour, flax seed, pecans, cherries, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a small bowl, combine milk, egg and vanilla.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until well combined.
Pour into prepared bake dish. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 12 bars.
Wrap them individually and store in the fridge or freezer.
Check back later this week when I feature another cherry recipe and
be sure to check out some of the other 10 lb. Cherry Challenge blog posts too!
Fresh Cherry Berry Crumble from Noble Pig
Cherry Hand Pies from Sweet Sensations
Cherry Salsa from Eat. Drink. Love.
Brown Butter Cherry Crumbles from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker
Disclosure - As part of this challenge I was sent 10 lbs. of cherries and OXO products.
I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
Recipe slightly adapted from Fannetastic Food