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Cherry Pie Bars

These cherry pie bars are filled with a sweet and juicy cherry filling and topped with a buttery grain-free shortbread crumble topping. They are made with simple pantry-friendly ingredients and make the perfect healthy snack or dessert for summer. These paleo bars are also completely gluten-free, grain free and refined-sugar free.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry bars, cherry dessert, cherry pie, cherry pie bars, gluten free bars, grain-free bars, paleo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 169 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST AND TOPPING:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes , roughly chopped OR pulsed 1-2 times until they resemble the texture of quick oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds , roughly chopped OR pulsed 1-2 times until they resemble the texture of quick oats
  • 1 2/3 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbs arrowroot or tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup softened refined or butter flavored coconut oil can sub with vegan butter or ghee if not dairy-free
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup , (may sub other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 Tbs coconut sugar , (may sub other brown sugar substitute)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh mixed berries or frozen - thaw, drain & pat dry first
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries , roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsps maple syrup , (may sub other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 Tbs arrowroot OR tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang.
  2. Make the filling:

    In a medium pot over medium heat, add fruit, maple syrup, arrowroot & lemon juice & bring to a boil, while smashing & stirring with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat & cook for 3-5 minutes, or until mixture is thickened. Chill in fridge until ready to use.

  3. Make the crust and topping:

    In a large mixing bowl, combine, flours, sweeteners, vanilla, salt & baking soda. Stir in chopped almonds & coconut flakes. Press a little more than half of the crust mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven & allow to cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Spread fruit mixture evenly over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over berry layer.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares or enjoy straight. Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

**Optional - adding 1/4 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds to the crust would add a nice crunch if desired

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.