These Cherry Oat Bars are the perfect addition to breakfast on a busy weekday morning or for serving as a kid-friendly after school snack! They’re lightly sweetened and full of fiber and protein.
1/3 cup avocado oil (olive or canola oil would also work!)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped sweet cherries (be sure to remove stems and pit them first!)
1.5 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c dark choc chips, divided
2–3 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, optional
2–3 Tbsp chopped pecans, optional
In a large bowl, combine oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract and stir until well combined.
Add chopped sweet cherries, oats, flour, baking soda and 1/4 cup chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
Press into a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper.
Top with remaining chocolate chips, pecans and coconut if using.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool completely before slicing.
Feel free to throw in some extra sweet cherries if you want!
You could also use 1/3 cup maple syrup if desired.
Although I haven’t tried it, you could likely spread these into a 9×13 pan instead of 9×9 for a bit thinner bar.