Millet Cherry Bars


Total Time: 50 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 9 servings
Level: Beginner


  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw millet
  • 1/4 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pecans, millet, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven and heat, stirring a couple times, until golden and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Line an 8 × 8–inch square baking pan with a piece of parchment paper large enough so there is a 1-inch overhang.

Reduce oven temperature to 200°F. Blend cherries, honey, orange zest, salt, and 2 tablespoons water in a food processor into a paste. Transfer to a bowl and stir in toasted pecan mixture. Press firmly into prepared pan in an even layer and bake until just slightly sticky to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan before using the parchment overhang to lift from pan. Cut into 9 bars. These can be kept chilled for 2 weeks or frozen for up to 2 months if wrapped tightly.

Republished with permission from Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey, RD