Alas, summer is wrapping up to a bitter-sweet ending. However, with the back-to-school season and cooler weather creeping up, along comes the season for cherries to sweeten things up a bit. Cherries are now at their peak sweetness, juiciness and are utterly irresistible. These End of Summer Cherry Crumb Bars are like crunchy granola with chewy cherry goodness all rolled into one.

Cherry Crumb Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

10-12

Ingredients

For the Cherry Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries, pitted, sliced in half
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

For the Crumb Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar + 1 teaspoon (reserved for topping)
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a square 8" baking pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix in all the ingredients for the cherry filling.
  3. In a large bowl, mix in the remaining crumb ingredients and combine with your hands until the mixture is well combined but still has chunks.
  4. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan but reserve 1 cup of the mix.
  5. Spread cherry filling evenly over the crust.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture over cherries and then sprinkle the remainder of the sugar.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden. Cool for 15 minutes then transfer pan to the fridge for 30 minutes to harden. This will ensure your squares won't fall apart.
  8. Cut into 3 even rows of 2.5". Enjoy!


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