Almond Cherry Bars
We recently moved to Terrace. It’s a small city near the coast in British Columbia and there is a lot to get used to. We recently purchased a house and when I went back for the inspection yesterday I noticed an odd tree that I have seen before in the sunny Okanagan. Then I realized that I have a cherry tree in my back yard. I don’t eat cherries. I know nothing about them, so I took it as a sign when I received an email yesterday with a recipe to post on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen for Almond Cherry Bars. They sound really good.
Almond Cherry Bars
Makes 24 servings
- Cooking spray
- 3 cups (750mL) granola
- 1 cup (250mL) wheat germ
- 1 1/2 cups (350mL) almond butter
- 1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup (75mL) whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup (180mL) honey
- 1 cup (250mL) dried cherries or dried cherry-flavoured cranberries
- 1 cup (250mL) slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving excess paper on edges. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and spread into pan. Press firmly. Bake for 10 minutes. Pull on parchment paper to remove from pan and cut into 24 bars while still warm – six on one side and four on the other.
This is a much better alternative to granola bars that you can buy at the grocery store. Low in sugar, high in antioxidants and NO preservatives. For the granola portion, you can either make your own or purchase a gluten free one (like Udi’s) or a natural alternative at your local health food store. This recipe is fairly versatile as well, if you don’t want to add cherries you can try your own fruit (dehydrated apples and strawberries would be really good).
This recipe and many more can be found online at AlmondBoard.com.
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