Recipe: Sunflower Cherry Oatmeal Bars

By Kary Woodruff

Looking for a delicious heart-healthy recipe? Well here is one of my favorites. It's pretty simple to make, and they can work was either a dessert or an after-school snack. Give it a try.

Sunflower Cherry Bars WEB
​Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats, quick cooking or old fashioned
  • 1 cup whole spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup packed natural brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup expeller pressed canola oil
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup fruit sweetened black cherry preserves
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Combine oats, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and cherries in a large bowl.
  3. Add oil and 3 tablespoons orange juice, mixing well until all ingredients are fully combined.
  4. Reserve a half cup and press the rest into a lightly oiled 8-by-8-inch baking pan.
  5. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice with the cherry preserves and spread evenly over the oat mixture in the pan. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over the top and press down lightly with fingers. 
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool in the pan on a wire rack, then cut into bars or squares. Store in an airtight contained in the refrigerator. 
Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving: 180 Kcals | 23g Carbs | 9g Fat | 2g Protein

Makes 16 servings