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Oatmeal breakfast bars June 10, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast,Vegetarian — krandle @ 11:45 am
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One of my all-time favorite grab and go breakfasts are Quaker oatmeal squares (which have changed names several times and are now called “oatmeal to go“). They are dense and sweet and delicious and filling. However….they are loaded with sugar, plus they have preservatives and such. And they’re not cheap, especially compared to the cost of just making my own instant oatmeal.

However, I have recently found a wonderful solution: make my own. The home-made versions are delicious, easy to make and easy to store  (in the freezer!). Plus, they’re a tad healthier, and I can make them taste like whatever I feel like.

I’ve made two versions after amalgamating several similar recipes I found on the interwebs. (Make these now, while it’s still bearable to turn on the oven – then freeze them for later this summer when you can’t stand the thought of baking.)

Banana Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Bars

1 banana, mashed (great time to use a freezer banana)
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Blend the wet ingredients, stir in the dry ingredients, then add the mix-ins at the end. Bake at 375 for 20 min. in silicon or lined muffin cups or a 30+ minutes in a greased baking dish. These will not rise when baked, so don’t worry about filling muffin cups to the top.

If you want to store them for future munching, let them cool, then wrap them individually and freeze in a freezer bag until you’re ready to grab one for breakfast.

Mounds Oatmeal Bars
1 egg
1 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips (ok, these aren’t so healthy)

(Follow the same cooking directions as above.)


One Response to “Oatmeal breakfast bars”

  1. vespachick Says:

    These sound so very good.

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