We FINALLY moved into our house last week and the first thing I baked were these Gluten Free Cherry Oat Bars! These babies are rich and decadent with a crisp, buttery crumb that we just cannot get enough of around here.
Nothing says ‘welcome home’ like a pan of freshly baked cherry oat bars! Trust me, we know!
We’ve been on the road since Father’s Day relocating from sunny Southern California to Atlanta, Ga and all I could think about on our journey was what I was going to cook first in our new home. I pondered a lot of different dishes over the past 6 weeks, but ultimately these gluten-free cherry oat bars won out over everything else because it seemed like a buttery oat bar would be the ultimate “welcome home” treat to give my family after such a long haul on the road.
I actually should give my daughter credit for these bars coming into existence. You see, she was OBSESSED with Starbuck’s Michigan Cherry Oat Bars last year and once they discontinued them she began begging me to make a homemade version. So, during our cross-country road trip I did a bit of research on those cherry oat bars Starbucks served and realized that the ingredients in the bars were actually pretty straightforward. All I needed was lots of butter, a heaping mound of oats, gluten-free flour, brown sugar and a rich cherry studded pie filling made with fresh Stemilt cherries.
Why do we love Stemilt cherries more than any other?
Stemilt’s founding family, the Mathison’s, have been growing cherries for over 100 years and as far as we’re concerned they’re the best. They grow both California and Washington varieties of cherries ensuring perfectly fresh cherries all summer long! YES, you can even find Stemilt’s cherries right now in August, but you better hurry because the season is growing short. Stemilt’s succulent cherries literally explode with flavor – sweetness, acids, and aromatics – in every bite you take! Their cherries are basically heaven for your taste buds.
I’ve made 3 batches of these bars since we moved in because my family literally cannot get enough of them! Todd and I have been indulging in a bar with our coffee in the mornings, our kid’s have been taking them in their lunch boxes to school all week, and we even made a batch to share with our friends here in Atlanta that have helped us so much during this move. I’m just going to go ahead and declare this recipe a total winner that you need to act on while there is still a bit of cherry season left!