Wednesday, January 18, 2012


It's hump day! How's your week going so far? I got a bit snowed in today (anyone who has experienced real snow would laugh at us here in Vancouver), which worked out well as it was a huge post production kind of day for me.

Here's a treat that's not too hideous for you, and it's perfect for a day like today. Oatmeal, Chocolate, Cherry bars can be made with regular flour or they can be gluten free, which is the way I went. Pretty tasty.

Oatmeal, Chocolate, Cherry Bars - makes one 8"x12" pan

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)*
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups whole oats (not quick oats)
1 cup dried sour cherries, chopped
8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
* you can use 1 1/2 cups regular all purpose flour then omit the almond meal and guar gum

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Lightly spray an 8"x12" pan with oil and line bottom with parchment paper. Beat in eggs, one at a time, blending well. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon, salt.

Gradually add dry mix to butter mixture and stir in until just combined. Fold in oats, chocolate and cherries. Place dough in prepared pan, and press down. Bake for about 25 minutes until a light golden brown. Enjoy!

By the way, I'm off to Palm Springs tomorrow for a shoot, and I'd love to get a list of shops and restaurants to check out. If any of you have some helpful hints, please pass it on. Thanks!

Back soon!


PinkPanthress said...

Nomz, it looks superb!

Question 1.) Can I leave out the vanilla?
Question 2.) The outcome in the last pics does not look dry, does that mean you can eat a bar on the go without something to drink?

Have a save and fun(despite the work) journey! :)

amy walters said...

Oooh...chocolate?! Hitting me where it hurts. I have such a weakness. The recipe sounds fabulous and the food styling is so delish. Love it Janis!

Purplestamper said...

Goto the Brighton store on El Pasao Drive

lisaroyhandbags said...

I could go for one of these right now! yum! Have a great trip to Palm Springs - needless to say, take pics! :)

Birch + Bird said...

Yummm! Those look delicious! We've been a bit snowbound out here too so I did some baking, although it was not of the nutritious kind...pure chocolate indulgence! Have a great time in Palm Springs and hope you get some warm sunshine! ~Lily

Vintage Home said...

we have done way too much baking here this week, but I may have to make this anyway!...but love the look @! I don't drive till its almost gone!
Have fun in PS, havent been since the 80's so no advice here!
Have a great time!

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

i always have cooking envy when i visit here - everything you make looks so flipping good!

super jealous about palm springs, never managed to get there yet and desperately want to.

have an awesome weekend darl xxx

le_third said...

double yum - the choc and the cherries - I'm there - best le xox

katie [the bright life] said...

Wow, these sound absolutely fabulous! Perfect for a cozy winter day!! XO, Katie