These Michigan cherry oat bars are perfect with coffee for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert.
Michigan Cherry Oat Bars
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 1 ½ cups quick oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter room temperature
- 1 cup cherry filling see below
- 2 cups fresh cherries stems removed and seeded
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons cornstarch
- juice from one lemon
Mix cherries, sugar, lemon juice and corn starch in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature until cool. Cover and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9×9 inch square pan and line with parchment paper.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter and use a pastry cutter to blend ingredients into crumbly mixture. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the pan and press down. Top with cherry filling. Add the rest of the crumb mixture to the top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Top should be golden brown. Cool bars before cutting. Store at room temp or in the fridge.
Recipe adapted from A Dash of Sanity.