Soft Cherry Butter Oat Squares

I'm on an oat bar/oat square/granola bar kick. First it was these fig crumble oatmeal bars - delish. Then it was soft pumpkin butter granola bars. Now it's soft cherry butter oat squares! This is basically the same idea as the pumpkin butter bars - but since pumpkin butter is hard to find these days, I went with cherry butter instead. Any kind of fruit butter will work here - apple butter, apricot butter, cherry butter - whatever you've got. These little squares are so satisfying - they're a great snack, not too sweet, but they still hit the spot when you want a sweet treat. Made with oats, coconut oil, and pecans, these bars are on the healthy side, too - they're not sugar-free, but compared to the bars you'll find in a shiny wrapper in your grocery store, they're health food. Store these wrapped individually in the fridge - they're great any time of the day (yes, even for breakfast). 

 

Soft Cherry Butter Oat Squares

makes 16 squares

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 10 oz. cherry butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Dump the oats, pecans, salt, spices, and sugar into the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and gently mix in the coconut oil until the mixture is evenly moistened (it will be very crumbly). 
  3. Set aside 3/4 of the oat mixture for later; press the remaining mixture firmly into the prepared baking dish, using the bottom of a drinking glass (or measuring cup) to firmly press the mixture down and into all the corners. 
  4. Spread the cherry butter evenly over the oat mixture, using a spatula to make it nice and even and get it into all the corners. Evenly sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the cherry butter and lightly press it down with your fingers. 
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before cutting into squares. Wrap squares individually in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge or freezer.

 

 


Find similar recipes at Feastie:

Soft Pumpkin Butter Granola Bars from Feastie
Savory Cardamom Granola from Fresh and Foodie
chocolate almond olive oil granola from Girl Versus Dough
Oatmeal Raisin Granola from Motive Nutrition
Gluten Free Breakfast Crunchy Granola Bars from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

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