Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars

A delicious mixture of basil and cherry pie filling nestled between a sweet and nutty graham cracker crust.

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Alright people. It’s Friday. Let’s celebrate with cherries! (?)

It’s not cherry season, I know. But, it’s always canned-cherry-pie-filling season! Right?!

I was at HomeGoods some few weeks ago, shopping around for things I don’t need, when in the corner of my eye I spotted a bag of chocolate covered cherries – I had to have them. I popped ’em open just as soon as I opened my car door, and as I was popping them in my mouth and forgetting to come up for air, I suddenly had a craving for cherry pie. Go figure.

Thus, last week, during my timeout with the Flu, I decided that I was going to fight back this cold weather and prepare summery desserts and salads. As soon as I was able to part with the couch, I made a big bowl of my Avocado Feta Salsa and stuffed my face until I couldn’t no more…

Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars | www.diethood.com | A delicious mixture of basil and cherry pie filling nestled between a sweet and nutty graham cracker crust. | #recipe #dessert #cherries

The following day, I felt a boost of energy and raced to the kitchen to satisfy my craving for cherry pie by making myself a pan of these Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars. There are few things quite as spectacular as a pan of warm, bubbly, cherry pie bars. Soft, sweet, delicious… God bless it, it’s perfect! I like them quite a lot.

They are so simple. It’s your usual graham cracker crust tossed with ground hazelnuts, and a cherry pie filling mixed with basil. It really works. Trust me on this one.

Because the whole nutty graham cracker crust and topping was totally enough, I went ahead and sprinkled some more hazelnuts on top, just in case.

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Is it cool that I ate these straight from the pan? Without cutting them into bars?! Yeah…it had to be done.

Is it cool that I also made Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake?? It was good. Reaaaaal good!

HAPPY WEEKEND! ENJOY!

Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars | www.diethood.com | A delicious mixture of basil and cherry pie filling nestled between a sweet and nutty graham cracker crust. | #recipe #dessert #cherries

Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars

Katerina | Diethood
A delicious mixture of basil and cherry pie filling nestled between a sweet and nutty graham cracker crust.
Servings : 12
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

For the Crust
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts , ground
  • 10 tablespoons butter , melted
For the Filling
  • 1 can (21-ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons freeze dried basil
  • orange zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts , roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Coat a 11x7 pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and ground hazelnuts; toss to combine.
  • Add melted butter and mix until well incorporated.
  • Remove 1/3 of mixture and set aside.
  • Press the remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake for 7 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Combine cherry pie filling, dried basil and orange zest in a mixing bowl; mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Spread cherry pie mixture on top of graham cracker crust.
  • Sprinkle the remaining graham crackers mixture over the top of the cherry mixture.
  • Sprinkle the top with chopped hazelnuts.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting into bars.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD
 

Nutrition

Calories: 222 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 25 mg | Sodium: 175 mg | Potassium: 75 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 290 IU | Vitamin C: 0.5 mg | Calcium: 22 mg | Iron: 0.9 mg | Net Carbs: 19 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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15 comments on “Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars”

  1. Hi can fresh basil be used if you cant find freeze dried basil? I havent seen freeze dried basil…Thanks so much. This sounds great. i really want to try it!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Robin! Freeze dried basil is slightly different as it promises a brighter, fresher taste. But you can also use the other dried basil.

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