These cherry breakfast bars are bursting with fresh, seasoning cherries. They take just 15 minutes of prep and then go straight into the oven. Perfect for breakfast or mid-morning snack, these bars are a crowd favorite every time!
2 ½cupsNorthwest sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil.
In a large bowl, mix rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, almonds, baking soda, and salt. Pour coconut oil over the mixture and stir until the mixture is well coated.
In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the pitted and chopped cherries, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cornstarch. Mix well.
Measure 1 cup of the oat mixture and set aside. Using your hands, spread the remaining mixture onto the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the cherry filling over the oat mixture, using a spatula to evenly spread and fill the corners. Evenly crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the top begins to turn golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely before removing from the pan.