Cherry Almond Butter Bars

 

MMMmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

That is all I have to say about these bars.

Actually, I have a lot more to say, but if I had to describe these bars in one word.. or uhhsound, it would be “Mmmmm”, 100%.

I was inspired by the lovely and incredibly talented Angela from Oh She Glows to make these bars, using the base she uses for her amazing Raw Almond Butter cups!

Rather than topping them with chocolate, which I imagine would taste incredible, I decided to use fresh, in season, ripe, juicy cherries and stuff these bars with them to get a juicy cherry burst with every rich, buttery bite!

Ok… if your mouth isn’t watering yet, I don’t know what’s going to do it!!

This recipe is SUPER simple (big surprise eh!? Simple is my motto!) and requires minimal ingredients which I BET you already have in your pantry!

Some natural almond butter, just like the delicious, perfect MARANATHA almond butter I used, raw almonds, rolled oats, raw honey, extra virgin coconut oil, and yep, you got itCHERRIES!

During the summertime, Fresh BC (British Columbia) Cherry stands pop up ALL over the place! I can’t help but stop and get some – they are just so fresh, ripe, juicy, and flavorful!

Cherries are also a super healthy fruit! They are loaded with antioxidants, very high in fiber (uhh.. word to the wise, you’ll figure this one out real quick if you decide to eat a whole bag of cherries in one sitting…), and they also help to naturally reduce inflammation in the body!

These bars combine the wonderful benefits of protein and omega-fatty-acid rich almonds, with healthy cherries, and they are super hearty and filling!

It’s hard to eat just one.. but because they are made with coconut oil and nut butter, the calories in these bars are on the higher side, so (try to) enjoy these bars one at a time!

The other day, I crumbled half a cherry almond butter bar into my Greek yogurt with cinnamon, a little dollop of almond butter and mashed cherries – it was out of this world and a perfect healthy mid-afternoon snack! Check out my instagram for the picture!

Thank you to Angela for inspiring this delicious creation!

 
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Cherry Almond Butter Bars (gluten free & vegan option!)
 
Cherry Almond Butter Bars (gluten free & vegan option!) Serves: 6
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a food processor pulse almonds to a flour. Add in oats and process until well blended with the almond meal.
  2. Transfer 'flour' to a bowl and add in almond butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. You will have a sticky mixture (it may be slightly crumbly but will come together in the freezer once the coconut oil hardens)
  4. Stir in the chopped cherries and press mixture into a small loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Freeze for 30-60 minutes to set.
  6. Cut into 6 bars.
Notes
Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

*Recipe Adapted from Oh She Glows 

We are LOVING our time in British Columbia right now!

I picked up some local cherries yesterday at DeMille’s Farmers Market in Salmon Arm and we ate A LOT yesterday! I actually brought these Cherry Almond Butter Bars with us on our trip and we’ve been snacking on them here and there!

I’ll have to make more with this new batch of delicious cherries!!

Christal

Nutritionist in the Kitch

Author: Christal

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!