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Cherry Blueberry Oat Bars

Cherry Blueberry Oat Bars

Last weekend I made it to the farm, barely, to the last day of cherry picking of the season. The large farm was almost picked clean.

Thankfully I am nearly 6 feet tall and could reach the higher branches of the cherry trees, and my 6’1″ hubby was there to help.  Two of the four varieties were left, but I didn’t care because every cherry was plump and delicious. 

When I got home with the 5 pounds of organic fresh picked cherries the big question became, now what? I scoured through the pages of Pinterest and found a ton of yummy ideas.

With a little tweaking of a cherry bar, I came up with this yummy cherry blueberry oat bar recipe using fresh fruit. 

Cherry Blueberry Oat Bar

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pitted fresh cherries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • package of lemon or yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • (optional use 1 can of cherry pie filling instead of fresh fruit)

Instructions 

Filling

  1. Place pitted cherries and blueberries in a medium saucepan on medium heat covered until they release their juice. Then turn down to a simmer for about 10 minutes.  Stir often.
  2. Mix together the cornstarch and sugar in a small bowl.  Stir into cherry mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce is thickened (about 2-3 minutes).  Let cool until just warm.

Oat Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13″ baking dish.
  2. Combine oats and cake mix in a large bowl. Add melted butter and stir until crumbly.
  3. Take half of the mixture and press down in the bottom of the baking dish. (This is the bottom layer of your bar.)
  4. Spread the homemade blueberry cherry pie filling (or 1 can of cherry pie filling) carefully over the oat mixture. Take care to make a nice flat surface covering all of the oats.
  5. Pour the rest of the oat mixture on top and gently spread evenly over the pie filling. Gently press down as if you are sealing it.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the top is a light golden brown. 
  7. Let cool or enjoy warm.  Cut into bars. Enjoy!

This is my new favorite treat! It makes about 18-24 bars depending on how large you cut them.  We served them warm with small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Comment Below:  What’s your favorite cherry treat?

 

Annett Davis is an Olympian in Beach Volleyball. She loves great food and helping people get healthy over at GetFitWithAnnett.com. Her favorite topics are marriage and anything fitness related. Being married to her soul mate, Life Coach and author Byron Davis for 16 wonderful years, Annett loves being a homeschooling mom of 2. She blogs over at FitMomsFitKidsClub.com, and inspires kids to grandmas to get in shape for life in her private accountability groups.

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