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Cherry Almond Bars

Serves: 8

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! We are officially on the countdown to Christmas now! Have you finished all of your holiday shopping? I have a few small things left to get and then it will be all about the wrapping..which I actually like! I know, sounds strange but I find it to be therapeutic. They boyfriend and I don’t have too much planned for the upcoming weekend, but I DO know we will be avoiding any shopping areas! haha Sitting at home by the Christmas tree and watching some holiday movies sounds like a great plan to me!

But before we jump into the weekend, I have another delicious dessert recipe that would make a great addition to your holiday table! It was inspired by a white chocolate raspberry bar recipe (unhealthy) that I normally make every year for Christmas! I wanted to clean it up, so I could eat more than 6 so I wouldn’t feel bad about eating more than 1! ;)I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂

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Fit Ingredients

Bottom Layer

  • 3/4c (84g) almond flour
  • 1/4c (14g) coconut flour
  • 1/3c baking stevia (adjust to desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4c (170g) greek yogurt (applesauce for paleo)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Top Layer

  • 1 1/3c frozen cherries
  • 1 tbs (11g) chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 3/4 tsp coconut flour
  • 1/4c baking stevia (adjust to desired sweetness)

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  • loaf pan
  • parchment paper

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Directions

1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line the bottom of your loaf pan with parchment paper. (Trace the bottom of the loaf pan and cut the paper so it fits inside)

3. In a bowl combine your ‘bottom layer’ ingredients.

4. Evenly spread your batter in the bottom of your loaf pan.

5. Bake for ~ 35 minutes.

6. While your base is baking put your cherries in a microwave safe bowl and thaw.

7. Mix your chia seeds into your cherries and allow them to sit for 15 minutes.

8. Mix your stevia, almond extract and coconut flour into your cherries. (The fruit should be thick, almost jelly like)

9. When the base is done baking. Remove from the oven and spread your cherries on top.

10. Return your pan to the oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until fruit is set.

11. Allow to cool before slicing.

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! These bars are out of this world!!! There isn’t any other way to explain the delicious flavor of them! They are just full of sweet fruity goodness all around! I was very hesitant to give the boyfriend one because he is not really an almond or cherry fan, but I parted with one and he called me and said they are……Banging”!! I was in total shock! Maybe this is the way for me to get him to eat some fruit! 😉
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**You will notice that this version has no white chocolate on it, however feel free to drizzle some on top (like I will be) for some extra holiday fun!

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Nutrition: (per 1 out of 8 bars)

Calories: 102.8, Protein: 5.1g, Carbs: 8.5g, Fat: 5.9g (1g Saturated), Sodium: 12mg, Fiber: 3g (Net Carbs: 5.5g)

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12 Comments
  • Natalie
    YUM! I must make this now!! Lucky me that I have all of the ingredients except for "baking stevia". What is baking stevia??
    December 14, 2012
  • Can you come wrap my presents for me? I end up covered in tape, bits of paper and an overall aura of anger and frustration--And my presents look like they've been wrapped by a two-year-old. My mom calls it "endearing." Everyone else just gives me funny looks and suggests using gift bags... I'm a sucker for a good almond + cherry combo--These sound way too good!
    December 14, 2012
  • Always such great recipes!!!!!!! I could gain weight just reading! ;)
    December 14, 2012
  • Yum! I definitely want to try out baking Stevia. You always have the best (and healthiest!) bar recipes!:)
    December 14, 2012
  • Rachel
    Hi, looks good. Question: I’ve been eating salmon 2-3 times per week. It’s "wild" salmon from Costco (my mother said...so I have no idea if there's anything else in them, but she doesn't have the package, just a bunch of frozen fillets in the freezer). I’m never in the mood for it (HUGE fillets...I know a serving is technically 4 ounces, and I am busting halfway through eating one, but I have this "thing" where I HAVE to finish it the whole fillet...I know, I know :) ) . Anyway they’re there and my mom wants them, so its “convenient”. She said to put on parchment paper in baking dish, sprayed with lemon juice and bake for 1.5 hours. Seems like a LONG time to bake. Granted they are big fillets (definitely 6.5-8.5 ounces each. But still, thoughts on how long to truly bake them? And just spritz with lemon juice? Thanks. Also, wondering if I can email you sometime about your career path (I'm about your age I think, around 31.5, but unlike you, my life and career are very jumbled and a mess.) Anyway, I'll email you maybe about it.
    December 15, 2012
  • Leslie
    These sound FAB!!! My goal in the New Year is to gather up your recipes and be an Eat Clean Queen!!! Thanks for inspiring me:)
    December 15, 2012

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