When your kids are driving you mad, your house is a mess, and your work deadlines are piling up, make this recipe. If the tasty, sorta-healthy treat doesn’t cheer you up, squeezing the cherries will. Something about squeezing the juice from ripe (or thawed) cherries is intensely gratifying–kind of how I imagine kids used to feel while stomping on grapes barefoot in Italy. But don’t let your kids take this job. Go ahead, let the cherry juice drip all over you.

1 cup thawed or fresh cherries, pitted and mashed
1 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews–you choose)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3T ground flax seed
1/4 cup honey or agave
another 1/2 cup chocolate chips
2T coconut oil or Earth Balance

Mash the cherries with your bare hands or a fork if your finicky. Drain the juice and drink it (yum!). Mix in the chopped nuts, oats and chocolate chips. Combine the flax and honey or agave in a bowl and then pour over the cherry mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool. Melt the 1/2 cup chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave or double boiler. Drizzle over bars.

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