Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are like a bowl of oatmeal, sweetened with chunks of raisins and banana, baked into a bar.
Mornings are hectic at my house, and I don’t always have time to sit down and eat breakfast. I know breakfast is “the most important meal of the day” but there are a thousand reasons why I usually end up skipping breakfast.
It turns out skipping the first meal of the day doesn’t necessarily help you in any way, but especially when you are hungry enough to eat a cow at 11:30, and lunch ends up looking a little like this:
Oatmeal is my first choice of breakfast, but it is not super convenient. To make oatmeal an easier breakfast for busy mornings, I experimented with baking it into bars for a healthy portable breakfast. It turned out, Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are not only a fairly healthy and delicious breakfast, but freeze beautifully. Make a pan or two Sunday evening, cut these bad boys up and freeze them, and you have breakfast all week.
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 large banana, diced
- 1/4 cup golden raisins, I roughly chopped my raisins
Place rack in the center reheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir to combine. The batter will be very wet. Fold in the diced banana and golden raisins, then pour into the prepared baking pan.
Bake for 35 minutes or until thickened and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool, cut into bars and serve or wrap for freezing.
by Jennifer Morrisey
Once cooled, the breakfast bars can be wrapped individually in plastic and kept in the refrigerator for 5 days or frozen for up to 4 months.
A quick ride for 5 seconds in the microwave, and you have a hot nutritious breakfast to go.
If Frozen: You can microwave them for 15-20 seconds from frozen, or put them in the fridge to thaw overnight, and give it a quick 5 second warm up in the microwave when you are ready to eat.
What I love most about Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are they are not overly sweet. It is seriously like a bowl of oatmeal, sweetened with chunks of raisins and banana, baked into a bar. They are dense and filling, So no more hangry mid-day assaults on the pantry.