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Jam Bars

I was trying ideas for new granola bar recipes and made these – which are not a granola bar, but closer to dessert time. They are though quite delicious!


Jam Bars


  • 1 cup old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup neutral vegetable oil
  • 5 Tbsp orange juice, divided
  • ½ cup fruit or berry jam


Preheat oven to 325°, oil a glass 8×8 pan.

Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in sunflower seeds and cherries.

In a small bowl whisk together oil and 3 Tablespoons orange juice. Add to dry and mix well. Reserve ½ cup of mix. Press remaining mix into p;an, gently flattening with hands.

Stir remaining 2 Tablespoons orange juice into jam till smooth, spread over mix. Sprinkle reserved mix over top.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden on top.

Let cool in pan on a wire rack, cut into bars as desired. Wrap individually and place into freezer bag for longer-term storage.

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