Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars

Okay.  Sometimes, failures can be a good thing.

Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars recipe and photos by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Go with me on this one…

Like with these Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars.  Let me explain.

Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars recipe and photos by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars recipe and photos by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I originally set out to make granola bars with these ingredients.  As you can see, these are not granola bars. *Sniff*

Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars recipe and photos by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

However, they turned out to be quite tasty nonetheless.

These bars are thicker and a bit chewier than your average granola bar.  Consider them a non-granola bar if you’d like.  Or not.

Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars recipe and photos by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Despite my failure at making a granola bar recipe, we all still thought these bars were delicious.

They were incredibly easy to make and would make a great snack or dessert.  Or, try cutting them into bite-size pieces and bringing them to your next potluck.  I hope you enjoy them!

Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars recipe and photos by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Also, if you don’t happen like the dried cherries, chocolate or almonds I added, just substitute what sounds best to you into the recipe.  I think I may try toasted coconut flakes and dark chocolate next time.  Yum!

 

Chocolate, Cherry and Oatmeal Bars

3 1/2 cups rolled oats (quick cooking oats)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup honey, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and brown sugar and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup honey, vanilla extract and butter and incorporate into dry mixture. Add remaining 1/4 cup honey. Add the sliced almonds, dried cherries and chocolate morsels and stir to incorporate.

Line a 8-inch x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Add mixture into prepared pan and firmly press into pan, using your hand or flat knife. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool completely on cooling rack. Once cooled, cut into bars or bite-size pieces.

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