All Natural Breakfast Bars

Since Josh has to be up and out so early (he catches the bus at 7:15, which means we’re out the door, walking to the bus stop by 7:00), he often has trouble getting himself really moving in the morning. Which means a lot of nearly skipped breakfasts, taking a baggie of dry cereal or a granola bar with him. Not the best start to the day. I’ve found some organic snack/meal replacement bars that he likes, but they’re not the best thing for breakfast. Better than some things, of course, but I’m looking for better. I came across this recipe for “All Natural Breakfast Bars” on a blog called Sunday Baker, and they sounded awfully tasty, so I’m thinking that next week (AFTER his birthday insanity calms down), I’ll try these on for size. Meanwhile, I’ll share the recipe with you. And if you know of any quick, healthy, filling, on-the-go breakfasts, please share. I’m kinda desperate, here!

1-1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. all natural peanut butter
1/2 c. raw almonds
1 small banana, mashed
2 T. flax seed
4 T. pure maple syrup (can substitute with honey)
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
pinch of salt
**If you desire a bit of a sweeter bar, add in dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, raisins) or 4 T. brown sugar. Or you could even add some dark chocolate chunks.
In a food processor, pulse all of the ingriedents until well mixed, stirring in between pulses. I like to leave some of the almond chunks visible so I can pick them out for Henry! Cover an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil and press bars into pan with the back of a spoon. Cover tightly and freeze for about an hour. Cut into 16 bars.
Per serving (1 bar)
Calories: 151
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7 Responses to All Natural Breakfast Bars

  1. Sue says:

    these sound yummy! I have everything but the flax seed. May have to remedy that tomorrow!

  2. Laura says:

    Remember… (or in case you didn’t know) you have to grind the Flaxseed up, otherwise it just passes through your system. Your body can’t digest the husks. I use a coffee grinder for mine, but you can also buy it ground.

  3. Oh these look yummy. Perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast. What a great idea, thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Nikki says:

    These sound good!

    Bailey likes warm food in the morning. At night, or during the day when he’s at school, I’ll make things like breakfast burritos, french toast…and he heats them up in the morning. The breakfast burritos could be “on the go.” Just wrap them up tightly in saran wrap as soon as they are done, and they stay together nicely when they are unwrapped and nuked!

  5. angiewest says:

    These sound so good, I’m trying them over the weekend 🙂 I love cooking things like breakfast burritos too; it’s a great way to sneak in some veggies too.

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