I have been feeling so weird these days. It’s like I want to disappear again, but then the fear of becoming irrelevant kicks in and I get back to work. How ironic isn’t it? So many things in life are done because of fear. I keep thinking if fear is a good thing. Okay, I guess I am being too dark and sad. I’ll save this for another day.
Today, these cherry chai breakfast bars are going to make you super happy! I used whole-wheat flour in the recipe to make it a little healthy and added a little chai spice to it just for an added edge and oh boy am I happy? It’s very interesting how cherry pairs with such a wide range of flavours. This can be eaten for breakfast, for dessert or maybe like a whole meal. Hey! We’re on judgement free zone.
Few of my favourite things about this recipe:
It’s eggless, it has whole-grain flour, it requires minimal ingredients and minimal effort.
- I used salted butter in this recipe because I prefer the flavour
- You are free to replace cherries with any fruit that is not too watery (eg. Berries, peaches, apricots etc)
- Please let the bars cool completely before cutting into them
- Please adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of your fruit and your preference
Cherry Chai Breakfast Bars (Whole wheat)
Buttery base and topping:
- 350 g Cherries (measured after pitting)
- 15 g Cornstarch or Corn Flour
- 60 g Caster sugar
- a pinch Salt
Make the buttery base and top:
- Grease and line an 8×8 inch square baking pan, set aside and preheat your oven to 175 C
- Sift all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar and spices) into a medium-large bowl.
- Add the very soft salted butter and gently mix everything till it comes together. The mixture should be very pliable and soft.
- Dump 3/4th of the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it evenly to cover the base. Gently poke the base using a skewer or a fork and bake this for approximately 12-15 minutes or just almost set. Remove from the oven and keep it aside while the oven continues to heat and you make the filling.
Make the filling:
- Wash and remove the pitts of your cherries and add them to a bowl with the sugar, salt and cornstarch. Mix them till everything is evenly combined.
- Add this on top of the semi baked crust and spread it evenly. It is okay if your crust is not cooled completely.
- Now take the remaining 1/4th of the base mixture that you kept aside. Take some portions of it and press it into chunks and scatter them on top of the cherry filling.
- Bake this for approximately 45 minutes or until the filling bubbles.
- Let the bars cool down completely and refrigerate them for around 30 minutes after that for easy cutting and even slices.
Please don’t vanish! You are wonderful and your baking is a perfect way to express your creativity, share your gifts of tasty treats, and spread happiness! Just do a happy dance and know grey days will pass.
Is there a certain brand of chai you like to use? I can’t wait to try this cherry chai bar, a perfect recipe for the Pacific Northwest where cherries are plentiful.
Hey Anne, you are so kind. Thank you <3 Your comment truly made my day!
My family has a farm where we grow all the spices so I usually grind my own fresh spices. Here where we live, I really like this chai brand called TATA Tea.
I hope you love these bars.
Lots of love <3