People of the world, tell me – when you think of low calorie foods, what do you think of? Personally, I always thought of low calorie foods tasting bland and having the texture of chewing card board. Maybe it’s because the low calorie foods I’ve brought from the supermarkets have always lacked flavour and tasted just like that. I’ll be honest, I’ve never once tried a nice low calorie food from the supermarket.
Well, since I’ve started making my own low calorie recipes, I’ve learnt that low calorie foods can be jam packed with flavour and still be low calories – amazing right? Todays bake is no exception to that.
You’ll be pleased to know, the texture of these oat bars isn’t like chewing cardboard and the flavour for sure doesn’t lack – it’s completely changed the game for me. I’ve made a fair few low calorie foods here on my blog and I must admit, todays bake is up there with being one of my favourites… ever!
Considering it was my first time ever making jam, I was so surprised how easy it was to make and how flavourful it was with barely any ingredients. The jam really did make these bars for me – the base is yummy but combined with this jam… top tier. Need I say more.
Category: Sweet Treat
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 Minutes
Overall Time: 60 Minutes
Ingredients You Need For Cherry Jam:
- 280g Of Frozen Cherries
- 30ml Of Maple Syrup
Ingredients You Need For Crust:
- 80g Of Oats
- 128g Of Almond Flour
- 80ml Of Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 100g Of Maple Syrup
How To Make Cherry Jam:
- Firstly gather together your equipment and ingredients, line a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas Mark 4.
- Secondly, in a medium sized pan over a medium heat, add the 280g of frozen cherries and 80ml of maple syrup.
- Now, heat the cherries until they begin to release liquids which usually takes between 5-15 minutes (TIP: this time will vary depending on how frozen your cherries are).
- Bring the mixture to the boil whilst stirring occasionally until the cherries begin to reduce and thicken.
- (TIP: using a spoon to squish the cherries further if you desire).
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow the cherry jam to cool.
- (TIP: the longer the jam sits, the thicker it will become).
How To Make Oat Bars:
- Now that your jam is made and cooling, it’s time to make your oat bars.
- Firstly, place both your 80g of oats and 128g of almond flour into a blender or food processor and process on high for a few seconds until the oats have broken down into a flour like consistency.
- Secondly, add the rest of the crust ingredients and continue processing until it forms into a sticky mixture.
- Next, place 2/3 of the mixture into your lined baking tin, using a spatula spread and press the mixture until even.
- Once your crust is in the baking tin, spread a even layer of the cherry jam across the top (TIP: make sure you leave a space between the jam and the edge of the crust so the jam doesn’t spill over the edges).
- Now on top of the jam, blob the remaining crust mixture and then using a spatula, spread them out the best you can.
- Place the oat bars into the oven for around 30-40 minutes, you’ll know its done when the centre has hardened/set and the crust is golden brown.
- When the oat bars have baked, take out the oven and leave in the tin too cool for a while before taking out and transferring to a wire rack to cool further.
That’s your Cherry Almond Oat Bars prepared, baked and ready for you to demolish.
Honestly, I’m proper chuffed with how these turned out. They taste blooming yummy if I do say so myself.
Let me know in the comments below if you make these yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on them? Have you found your new favourite low calorie treat?
Sending you tons of love and hugs as always,