How to Make Starbucks’ Michigan Cherry Oat Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

If you follow my facebook fan page, you know I drink a lot of GTLs (green tea lemonades) from Starbucks in the warmer weather. Sometimes it’s tempting to also grab a yummy pastry– but they are so high in calories and refined sugar! It would likely be momentary satisfaction and lasting regret. When I do eat a pastry, it is usually the Michigan Cherry Oat Bar. It just seems like the healthier option, though I have not really researched this. What I do know, is that most of the most tasty desserts have refined sugar, wheat and butter. I wanted to come up with something made of more natural and less processed ingredients, but still very delicious.

RECIPE

  1. Grind 1 cup of gluten free oats in a food processor until it becomes a fine flour.
  2. Mix 1 cup oats with 1 cup of oat flour.
  3. Add 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and combine all dry ingredients well.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of agave nectar.
  5. Melt 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil. Add about 1/3 or more if needed till mixture is wet, and stick enough to clump together.
  6. Mash mixture into the bottom of a baking pan until nice and flat. I used a 9×9 pan.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. In a food processor or blender take 3 cups of frozen berries, 1 tablespoon agave nectar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice until smooth.
  9. Add chia seeds to mixture and let sit for 30-60 minutes.
  10. Spread berry mixture over oats in pan.
  11. For the topping, repeat steps 1-5, but add about 2 tablespoons of crushed walnuts.
  12. Carefully spread mixture over berry center. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

I decided to team up with my youtube besties, Lainey of SimplyBakings and Jac of The Vegetarian Baker. They’ve come up with yummy pastries as well! Check out our videos below:

xoxo,
Fifi

Top 10 Fast Foods (When I’m out of Options on the Road)

Things don’t always go as planned, and there is always less time than we hoped we would have. Sometimes we are just plain lazy! I definitely have had my days. Surprisingly, I’m least motivated to cook on days when I have had to do grocery shopping. No idea why this is the case, but it does feel like I have earned a night off from the kitchen!

If you’re out all day and you still have a million errands left, it really is not better to starve. What’s best is to give your body the highest quality fuel money and time will afford you. I know personally on those long flight delays I feel I am being held hostage at the airport. Isn’t there ever anything else besides bagels, bruised apples, and chicken caesar salads?! Below is my list of foods that I eat on lazy busy days. Don’t worry– I’ve included non-vegetarian options!

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