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!
- 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.