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A great gluten-free snack
These bars have minimal sugar and no gluten, so they make a healthy-ish snack or dessert.

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  • Step 1

    Combine cherries and maple syrup in small pan and heat on medium heat until bubbly.Lower your heat and let simmer for 5 minutes

  • Step 2

    Add your chia seeds and continue to simmer for 5 more minutes

  • Step 3

    Remove from the heat and add vanilla.

  • Step 4

    Let cool at room temperature and then refrigerate.
    You can do this part in the evening and let it sit in your fridge overnight. The cooler the better. Typically, I start my cherries in the morning and end up finishing the recipe 4-5 hours later.

  • Step 5

    Preheat oven to 350'

  • Step 6

    Place the oatmeal in your food processor and pulse until the flakes are about a quarter of the size they were originally. Add remaining ingredients, except palm shortening, and pulse again until combined.

  • Step 7

    Add palm shortening and pulse until just combined. You may have some little bits of the shortening still showing, but you don't want to overmix.

  • Step 8

    Press your crust into a parchment paper lined, 8X8 baking dish. Really press it down and make sure it gets into all the corners.

  • Step 9

    Bake for 20 minutes
    Remove and let cool completely before topping with cherries/ berries

  • Step 10

    Combine all ingredients in your food processor and Press into cherry mix

  • Step 11

    Once assembled, put back into oven at 350' for 20 minutes.
    Let cool completely before slicing.

  • Step 12

    Other berries, especially raspberries, are higher in pectin than cherries and so will most likely need a little less chia. Not sure it'd make a big difference, but just something to know. You can play around with the amount of chia you use to get the desired thickness.

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