Oatmeal Breakfast Bars – two types

by Marsie

There is a reason breakfast is called the most important meal of the day. Many including nutritionists, health research/studies, and those from fitness realm stress how breakfast, within the first hour of waking, jump starts the metabolism and helps fuel energy for the day.

Despite this knowledge and despite my love of breakfast foods, I am rarely hungry enough for a big nutrition-laden meal at the beginning of the day. How are people hungry enough to eat a hearty breakfast in the first hour of the morning? In a move towards a compromise, I will eat a small but nutrition-loaded breakfast waiting for the hunger to arise later to eat more nutrition/food.

Lately, I have been into oatmeal prepared in multiple forms from the traditional hot cereal to a cold cereal to breakfast bars. As a time saver, oatmeal can be made in advanced and is delicious reheated or cold. The addition of a few ingredients, and suddenly the oatmeal transforms into a meal with more flavor, as well as more vitamins and protein.

Enter in the oatmeal breakfast bars. Adapted and inspired from a food blog I frequent often, Anja’s Food 4 Thought, these breakfast bars taste great, are nutritiously packed, easy for the grab and go, and not heavy for my morning light stomach.

The basic recipe can be adapted to taste and preference. Prefer walnuts over almonds? Switch it up! Trade out dried fruits or add more nuts. The apple-cinnamon recipe shows the potential of fruit juice transforming the flavor of the basic recipe.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars – Basic Recipe

Original recipe from Anja’s Food 4 Thought

Yields 16

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I did a combination of walnuts, almonds, and pecans)
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: shredded coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a 10×10 baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Mix dry ingredients, set aside. Mix wet ingredients.

Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Stirring to combine. Allow mixture to soak for 10 minutes.

Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Cut squares while hot. Allow to cool completely before storing into an airtight container.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars – Apple-Cinnamon-Pecan-Walnut

Adapted from Anja’s Food 4 Thought

Yields 12

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cup apple juice (I used Trader Joe’s McIntosh Apple Juice)
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a 10×10 baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Mix dry ingredients, set aside. Mix wet ingredients.

Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Stirring to combine. Allow mixture to soak for 10 minutes.

Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet, about 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick. Bake 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden brown.

Cut squares while hot. Allow to cool completely before storing into an airtight container.

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