Soft Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are loaded with coconut, fruits, seeds, warm spices, and rolled oats, with just the right amount of sweetness. Naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, they fit right in your hand for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.
Seven minutes. When my youngest was thirteen, that's how long it used to take her to get dressed, check her face, comb her hair, check her face again, maybe put on a little make-up, gather her school supplies (that were supposed to have been gathered the night before), grab her clarinet, hug her Mama, and run out the door...
Breakfast, if there was one, was in her hand - because if she couldn't hold it and eat it before she got to the bus stop, it got stuffed in her backpack and forgotten. (Because, heaven forbid should anyone know that she actually eats breakfast.) (Because, "I'm not eating at the bus stop: that's so embarrassing.") It didn't matter how early she awoke; breakfast was always a struggle.
If I could time it just right, I might be able to get her to take a breakfast burrito, but her most frequently chosen breakfast was a grocery store granola bar, (which are fine for snacking or grabbing a quick carb boost, but lack any substantial protein and are filled with unpronounceable
So I started making homemade granola bars.
This Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bar recipe makes a half-sheetpan full of soft, chewy oatmeal breakfast bars. Loaded with coconut, fruits, seeds, warm spices, and rolled oats, these bars healthy protein and complex carbohydrates with just the right amount of sweetness. They are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free; plus, they fit right in your hand for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.
Wrap these breakfast bars individually (or, better yet, vacuum-seal them) and freeze them; then thaw to room temperature whenever you want one. For a warm breakfast on the go, ten seconds in the microwave makes them even better. Sealed breakfast bars will last up to four months in the freezer.
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Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Optional Breakfast Bar Add-ins
- ¼ cup coconut
- ¼ cup small or chopped dried fruit golden raisins, Craisins, chopped dried apricots, etc.
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup anything else that sounds good nuts, seeds, dried fruits, etc.
- Preheat oven to 375°F | 190°C.
- Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and honey together in a bowl.
- Add in oats, ground almonds, ginger, baking powder, salt and and “optional additions” you choose, mix well with wet ingredients.
- Pour in almond milk and stir combine. Set on counter for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
- Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Spread mixture evenly over parchment paper.
- Bake 1 hour, or until the top is slightly golden and it is “bouncy” to the touch. (Like a heavy quick bread.)
- Remove bars from oven and cool on rack for 30 minutes, or until completely cool. Cut into bars.
- To store, wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap (or vacuum-seal them) and freeze.
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Post Updated August 21, 2019 (Originally published February 24, 2014)