Almond Cherry Bars

 

almond cherry bars

Photo Courtesy of Almond Board of California

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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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Randa Derkson

I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether it’s discussing your day, sharing the highlights of your trip, or just having quality time with a loved one; lives are brought together at the kitchen table.

21 comments on “Almond Cherry Bars”

  1. Lucky! We have a cherry tree in our yard and the cherries are awesome. Sadly last year we had no crop because we lost our blossoms in a cold snap. Really keeping my fingers crossed for this summer!

  2. Oh those look delicious, and I love the idea of using apples! Totally making these!

  3. So delicious! That would make a great delicious wholesome snack!

  4. My daughter would love this, I have to make this for her.

  5. A cherry tree? How lovely for you! My husband is a huge granola bar fan. I do try to buy ones that are as healthy as possible but these sound like something he would love!

  6. My husband would kill for a cherry tree!

  7. Yum! Will make these tomorrow!

  8. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  9. yum! This sounds amazing. And perfect for breakfast.

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  11. That is so cool having a cherry tree in your backyard! I’m huge fan of cherries I would be so delighted to find one too! The almond cherry bars look amazing!

  12. Yum! These look so tasty! I too am jealous of the cherry tree! I have a bunch of slowly rotting pine trees. Thank you for sharing! I would love these with strawberries too!!

  13. Oh goodness, that looks amazing. 🙂 I want to make these! 😀

  14. Pinned for future use! I love both cherries and almonds, and am always looking for a quick breakfast idea to eat on the way to work. 🙂 Thanks!

  15. These sound really good! We used to have 3 cherry trees in our back yard and oh were we all so happy with eating the fruit right off of the tree!

  16. Yum! They sound delicious! We love cherries. We planted a cherry tree in honour of our sons birth in November. We thought it would be neat to watch it grow with him.

  17. Love cherries & almonds! I’ll be making these!!

  18. I love making my own homemade bars, and these look very delicious, and I want to make them and have them for breakfast. I do eat almonds every day, but having them in a bar is great.

  19. This is such a great idea. A healthy snack with delicious ingredients. Sounds good to me!

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