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About Recipe

I wanted a little treat that would satisfy my sweet tooth, but still be somewhat healthy. Enter the fruit bar. A cherry filled, gluten-free bar with just a wee bit of sugar.

Ingredients

For the Filling 2 cups frozen, pitted cherries (or any other berry) 1/4 cup maple syrup 3 TBS chia seeds 1 tsp vanilla extract For the crust 1 cup oatmeal, gluten-free if so desired (I use Bob's Red Mill Oats) 1 cup almond meal 1/4 cup sugar (I used palm sugar, but could use white sugar. Brown sugar or a liquid sweetener makes the crust soft) 4 TB almond butter 1 flax egg (2 TBS water and 1 TBS ground flax, mixed and set aside for 5 minutes) 2 TB refrigerated palm shortening (I found coconut oil made the crust soft, but could probably use butter) 2 TB Tapioca Flour (I used (I use Bob's Red Mill Oats) For the crumb topping 1/4 cup oats (I use Bob's Red Mill Oats) 1/4 cup palm sugar 1/4 unsweetened, shredded coconut (I use Bob's Red Mill ) 1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds 2 TB refrigerated palm shortening pinch of salt

Cooking Procedure

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n n For the fillingn n n Combine cherries and maple syrup in small pan and heat on medium heat until bubbly.n n Lower your heat and let simmer for 5 minutesn n Add your chia seeds and continue to simmer for 5 more minutesn n Remove from the heat and add vanilla.n n Let cool at room temperature and then refrigerate.n n You can do this part in the evening and let it sit in your fridge overnight. The cooler the better. Typically, I start my cherries in the morning and end up finishing the recipe 4-5 hours later.n nnn n For the crustn n n Preheat oven to 350'n n Place the oatmeal in your food processor and pulse until the flakes are about a quarter of the size they were originallyn n Add remaining ingredients, except palm shortening, and pulse again until combined.n n Add palm shortening and pulse until just combined. You may have some little bits of the shortening still showing, but you don't want to overmix.n n Press your crust into a parchment paper lined, 8X8 baking dish. Really press it down and make sure it gets into all the corners.n n Bake for 20 minutesn n Remove and let cool completely before topping with cherries/ berriesn nnn n For the crumble toppingn n n Combine all ingredients in your food processorn n Press into cherry mixn n Once assembled, put back into oven at 350' for 20 minutes.n n Let cool completely before slicing.n nnn n Notesn n n Other berries, especially raspberries, are higher in pectin than cherries and so will most likely need a little less chia. Not sure it'd make a big difference, but just something to know. You can play around with the amount of chia you use to get the desired thickness.n nnn  n

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