Ulcerative ColitisUC and DietUC Cooking ClubAlmond-Butter Bars

Cherry Almond-Butter Bars

These protein-and-fiber-packed bars beat packaged ones every day of the week.

Cherry Almond Butter Bars
Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Who knew you could get a calcium boost from almonds and pecans? That's a big plus for people with UC, who often run low on the mineral. These bars also offer heart-healthy fats and dietary fiber. That's what we call a well-rounded snack! Get the scoop on how we developed our UC Cooking Club recipes!

Serving Size


Prep and Cook Time

Total Time

35 min


  • ¾ cup creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 egg white, whisked
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup chopped dried cherries
  • ⅓ cup pecans

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 253 calories; 14g fat; 2g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 147mg sodium; 27g carbohydrate; 5g fiber; 7g protein; 11g sugar; 95mg calcium; 2mg iron; 268mg potassium


Step 1Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2Combine almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and egg white in a large bowl; whisk to combine. Stir in oats, cherries, and pistachios, and transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to press mixture firmly into pan.

Step 3Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from pan using parchment paper. Place on a cutting board and slice into 10 bars.

Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Jamie is a registered dietitian, nutrition and food journalist, and digital influencer who operates the health-centric food blog and social media accounts, Dishing Out Health. She's the former Assistant Nutrition Editor at Cooking Light magazine. Prior to that, Jamie worked as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist with a focus on counseling organ-transplant recipients at a hospital in Tampa. She completed both her undergraduate dietetics degree and graduate clinical nutrition degree at Florida State University. Jamie lives in Denver.

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