These Montmorency tart cherry oat bars are super chewy with an optional chocolate drizzle. Perfect for snacking or fueling up for a workout!
There are two kinds of people in this world: those that prefer their chocolate chip cookies with crispy edges and a crunch to each bite (I’ll never understand you people) and those who are all about the soft batch, chewy cookie love.
*This post is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute
This division holds true for brownies as well (cake vs. fudge – I’ll let you guess which camp I’m in there) and I’m gonna go out on a limb and say we can add granola bars to this list as well.
I won’t name names, but that certain brand that shoves two hockey puck-like bars into a little green package and you feel like you might lose a tooth when trying to bite into one, they’re everything wrong with the granola bar game as far as I’m concerned.
Beyond the fact that nothing edible should be that hard, let’s discuss the mess a granola bar like that makes. Since these are usually an on-the-go/eat-in-your-car kind of thing, if you’re anywhere near as crazy about the interior cleanliness of your vehicle as I am, a crunchy granola bar that leaves more crumbs in the abyss between the driver seat and center console where all rogue food particles go to die is just not ok.
So, I set out to create my own granola bar, a chewy tart cherry oat bar in fact. One where all (or at least most) pieces end up in your mouth, where they belong.
Given the amount of people flocking to the gym this time of year and looking for ways to eat a bit healthier, these tart cherry oat bars are the perfect snack to throw in your gym bag. Whether you eat one before your workout to fuel up or after for recovery, they’re a healthy balance of carbs, protein and fat all in one delicious, semi-sweet, chewy (chocolate-optional) bite. They’re also delicious slathered with some nut butter on top or crumbled into Greek yogurt for even more protein. I’ve eaten them every which way.
The dried Montmorency tart cherries in these aren’t just there because they taste good (although they do!). Their tangy, sweet bite is not only a great binding agent for the bars but they bring a whole host of potential health benefits to the table too. With their anti-inflammatory properties that may help to alleviate muscle soreness after workouts to their natural melatonin for a better night’s sleep, these little guys pack a nutrient punch.
Instead of reaching for that box on the store shelves, give these chewy tart cherry oat bars a try, wrap them up individually for easy eating on the go and I’m betting you’ll never look back!
-Make your own oat flour by placing 1 cup of rolled oats in a food processor and processing until a fine flour consistency results. -For vegan option use a flax egg: 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water - stir and let sit for 5 minutes to thicken
For optional chocolate drizzle
-Make your own oat flour by placing 1 cup of rolled oats in a food processor and processing until a fine flour consistency results.
-For vegan option use a flax egg: 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water - stir and let sit for 5 minutes to thicken