Lentil Cherry Crumble Bars

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"Lentil cherry crumble bars. 🍒 Trust me, you can't taste the lentils! These bars are packed with fiber thanks to fruits, oats, walnuts and lentils. Plus, they're SO good."
-- @unsweetened.caroline

Recipe Intro From unsweetened.caroline

Who would have thought to put lentils in these energy filled bars?! Delicious and so full of healthy ingredients.
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Prep time 30mins
Cook time 45mins
Serves or Makes: 9

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For the Cherry Jam

ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

For the Crumble

ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cooked brown or green lentils
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, or margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cream, optional, for serving

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x9-inch baking dish and set aside.

  • Step 2

    To make cherry jam: Heat cherries in a small saucepan over medium heat, covered, until thawed. Mash to release juices, leaving some chunky pieces for texture. Stir in chia seeds, vanilla extract, and salt. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer 10-15 minutes uncovered. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    To make crumble: Add lentils and dates to a food processor. Process until chopped. Add 2 cups oats, walnuts, butter, and vanilla extract. Process until mixture sticks together when pressed. Add remaining 1 cup oats and pulse a few times to combine.

  • Step 4

    Set aside 1 1/2 cups crumble mixture. Press remaining crumble into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Remove from oven and spread cherry jam evenly on top. Distribute reserved crumble mixture on top. Bake 15 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Let cool at least 30 minutes before cutting. Serve with ice cream if desired.