Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

There’s something about making breakfast items into bars that feels super trendy. Not only are they a grab-and-go sort of deal, they just look cute! I was inspired by this recipe. It’s a perfect breakfast for when you want a lot of energy, without going to too much hassle (aka, use the microwave!)

Yield: 8 bars

Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (I prefer putting about 3)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 3 tbsp honey (I used organic, any is fine)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 large banana

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Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees, I used convection bake to get a crisper coating (I coated an 8×8 inch square pan with some coconut oil)
  • In a large bowl stir oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together
  • In a separate (still large) bowl mix the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla together
  • Pour the dry mix into the wet batter, stir to combine together, when relatively smooth, fold in the diced banana
  • Bake for 35 minutes (the top will be thick, and  a toothpick will come out clean when inserted)
  • Cool them, and then slice into bars (you can change-up the sizes)
  • Wrap bars separately in plastic and store in fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months

These bars are very simple, so I like to cut two of them into bite-sized pieces, reheat them, douse them in melted peanut butter and add fruit. 

Nutrition:

This is a super healthy option compared to most on-the-go breakfasts (basically, if you’re making your food at home, you’re more likely to be eating better). The following two foods are healthy alternatives to oil or butter when used in cooking!

Banana:

  • one of my favourite foods of all time, they are great for a post and pre workout snack, or a rushed morning (healthy dose of carbs!)
  • a recent study showed children who ate a banana a day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma
  • source of potassium which aids your circulatory system
  • surprisingly enough, they have more iron than you think and the B Vitamins and minerals in them help smokers quit
  • helps with cramps (the potassium and vitamin B6 help with this)

Unsweetened Applesauce:

  • protein and carb-packed
  • boosts your fiber intake for the day (keeping you full and regular)
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