A Small Plate of Sweet Cherry Oat Bite Squares with a Few Fresh Cherries Scattered Around the Plate.

SWEET CHERRY OAT BITES

An Old Fashioned Treat

These sweet cherry oat bites are a delightful and healthy snack option that combines the natural sweetness of cherries with the hearty goodness of oats.

These bite-sized treats are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Cherries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, while oats are a great source of fiber and can help keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Making sweet cherry oat bites at home allows you to control the ingredients and customize the recipe to your preferences. You can adjust the sweetness level, add different mix-ins like nuts or seeds, and even make them gluten-free if needed.

These are perfect for a quick breakfast on the go, a midday pick-me-up, or a satisfying dessert option. Plus, they are easy to make and can be stored for several days, making them a convenient and tasty snack to have on hand.

A SWEET SUMMER TREAT

Sweet cherries, with their vibrant red color and juicy sweetness, are a beloved summer treat that embodies the essence of the season.

Imagine sitting in the shade of your favourite tree, snacking on these delectable fruits, on a warm day as the rest of the world simply melts away. 

Cherry pies can be seen adorning many a summer picnic table at family gatherings. Cherry tarts can be served al fresco with a scoop of ice cream, while jams and jellies win ribbons.

Whether enjoyed fresh off the tree or incorporated into delightful desserts, these fruits bring a burst of flavor to any gathering.

YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT

Of course, these are just as satisfying in the depths of winter, too. Offering a tasty reminder of the warm, summer sun on your skin and of new warm-weather adventures to come.  

With proper care, sweet and tart cherries can be grown in every climate in North America. Making it possible for you to pick cherries for this recipe right outside your garden door.

These cherry oat bites can be a deliciously quick escape, on a break from your busy workday. Maybe, to that shady spot under your favourite tree. 

Even a sweet moment in between classes can be savoured with these flavours, when lovingly packed in a lunch box. 

Total Prep Time:
1 hour

Servings in Recipe:
24

Serving Size:
1 bar

Calories Per Serving:
292

Total Prep Time: 1 hour


Servings in Recipe: 24


Serving Size: 1 bar


Calories Per Serving: 292

A Small Plate of Sweet Cherry Oat Bite Squares with a Few Fresh Cherries Scattered Around the Plate.

SWEET CHERRY OAT BITES

Ingredients

filling

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries, pits removed
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

crust

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter
A Grouping of Sweet Cherry Oat Bites Ingredients. Oats, Cherries, Melted Butter and a Sliced Lemon.
A Grouping of Sweet Cherry Oat Bites Ingredients. Oats, Cherries, Melted Butter and a Sliced Lemon.

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375F (190C).
  • In a medium saucepan, combine all filling ingredients and simmer on medium heat until the mixture becomes thickened, similar to jam.
  • While simmering, lightly mash cherries with a potato masher to help them break down.
  • Once a jam-like consistency has been achieved, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the crust ingredients EXCEPT THE BUTTER.
  • Now cut the butter into the dry mixture with either a pastry cutter or two knives until the butter resembles small pebbles throughout the mixture. 
  • Press half the dry mixture into a 9×13 (or similar) baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Spread the cooled cherry mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
  • Add the remaining crust mixture over the cherry filling, making sure those butter pebbles are evenly dispersed over the top so you don’t get spots of dry flour in your crust.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm or later as a sweet snack.

SWEET CHERRY OAT BITES FAQ

What are the best cherries for baking?

The best to use with this cherry oat squares recipe are simply a matter of preference. Some prefer sweet cherries, such as Bing or Rainier cherries. Sweet cherries have a milder flavor compared to sour cherries and can add a natural sweetness to desserts like cakes, cobblers, and crisps.

They also work well in compotes and jams. Sweet cherries are often readily available in grocery stores and can be used fresh or frozen for baking projects.

Others prefer sour cherries, also known as tart cherries. These have a distinct tangy flavour that adds a delicious contrast to sweet baked goods like pies, tarts, and muffins. Sour cherries are also ideal for preserves and sauces due to their slightly acidic taste.

Canned cherries found in the grocery store are typically tart, yet soaked in a high-sugar syrup or juice. My sweet cherry oat bites recipe gives you more control over sugar content and calories by giving you the ability to choose sweet vs tart and the kind of sugar or sugar substitute you use.

Whether you prefer the tartness of sour or the allure of sweet, both varieties can elevate your cherry oat bites with their vibrant colors and juicy texture.

Do you use the same amount of sugar with sweet cherries as with sour cherries?

 If choosing sour cherries for this recipe, you can increase the ratio of sugar to match how sweet you prefer your bites to be.

Sour cherries are also a better choice for those with sugar sensitivities, having half the natural sugars in them than the sweet variety. Using sugar substitutes in this recipe lowers glucose risk even further while increasing your enjoyment.

When using sweet versus sour in recipes that call for sugar, it’s essential to consider the inherent sweetness levels of each cherry variety. Sweet ones are naturally higher in sugar content compared to sour options, which are more tart.

Therefore, when substituting sweet cherries for sour cherries in a recipe, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar used to achieve the desired level of sweetness.

It’s always a good idea to taste the cherries first to gauge their sweetness and adjust the sugar accordingly. Experimentation may be needed to find the perfect balance of flavours when swapping sweet for sour in your cherry oat squares.


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