This delicious brunch/breakfast recipe comes from Whole Foods
BUT FIRST: Our dinner and brunch this past weekend was a complete success! The family, the food, the celebrations – graduation AND mother’s day.
Mother’s Day Brunch spread: On the table, starting at the top and moving clockwise: bagels, strawberries, blueberry-kiwi tarts, turkey bacon, tomato gruyere camembert tart, sunflower cherry oatmeal bars. And you can also see James and David (pointing at the bagels).
NOW BACK TO THE RECIPE: The Sunflower Cherry Oatmeal bars are something I’ve been meaning to make for, literally, months! And this Sunday as part of the Mother’s Day brunch spread, it proved to be the ideal time to cook these up.
These are healthy anyway you eat them: whether a breakfast bar, snack or side dish. With no butter, minimal oil and then handfuls of dried fruit and fresh granola, these bars make you feel good just looking at them.
Per usual, my own twists and suggestions are highlighted by italics.
1 C. rolled oats (I used more than a cup of honey granola. It added a little more crunch and flavor to the crumb based and topping.)
1 C. whole wheat flour
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
dash of salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
cinnamon and nutmeg
1/4 C. sunflower seeds
1/2 C. dried cherries (overflowing cup of cherries. This adds moisture to the crumb base and topping, as well as to the overall bar)
1/4 C. canola oil
5 T. orange juice
1/2 C. cherry preserves (I used blackberry preserves because that’s what I had in fridge and it worked great!)
NOTE: I found that I had to make a quick, small extra patch to make the top so I would advise to one-and-a-half the recipe proportions. But, it’s up to you! It wasn’t hard to whip up the oat mixture real quick at that point.
Preheat oven to 325.
1. Mix oats (or granola), wheat flour, brown sugar, baking soda, several big shakes of cinnamon and nutmeg, sunflower seeds and dried cherries.
2. Add 3 T. of orange juice and canola oil. Mix well!
3. Pour 3/4 of the mix, evenly, into bottom of glass baking pan.
4. In separate bowl, mix cherry(or blackberry, or any preserves, really!) with 2 T. of orange juice. Spread mixture over oat mixture.
5. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over the preserves.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until preserves begin to bubble.
And you’re ready to impress your guests! Or family! Or yourself! Enjoy!