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Kristine Kristine's Kitchen — January 18, I feel the same way about protein powders…so many of them are just gross and full of weird things. Chelsea Oliver — March 9, 8: Fold in the diced banana, then pour into the prepared baking pan. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
The Healthiest and Unhealthiest Breakfast Bars
Gluten-free and grain-free too! You can pretty much eat bars for every meal too. Moral of the story, bars are awesome. These Pumpkin Coconut Breakfast Bars happen to be one of our most popular recipes so it was time to recreate them with a different flavor combo and with the addition of protein powder, but not just any protein powder, Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein-Superfood. You see, I am veryyyyy picky when it comes to protein powder.
I saw Rootz protein powder online, read the clean ingredient list and knew I had to give it a try. After trying Rootz in a smoothie for the first time, I was hooked. I knew it would go perfect in this breakfast bar recipe that I have been dreaming up for a while and add some amazing nutrients as well. They are super easy to make and made with: These make-ahead Chunky Monkey Breakfast Bars are so easy to make with real food ingredients and are filled with the delicious flavors of chocolate, banana and nut butter.
They are the perfect high-protein and nourishing breakfast or snack and are also paleo, grain-free and gluten-free! Coconut Pumpkin Breakfast Bars. German Chocolate Cake Breakfast Bars. I used to hate banana chips as a kid but they have grown on me now.
Peanut butter and banana is my favourite flavour combo. I love both bars and cookies but sometimes bars are just as easier option as all you have to do is dump, bake and slice! These would be perfect for us! These would be a wonderful alternative. I feel the same way about protein powders…so many of them are just gross and full of weird things.
I love clean protein powders too. Sign me up for anything including banana and peanut butter. My husband might actually take the time to eat breakfast if these were included too! Ooh these look incredible! I love the idea of eating blondie-esque bars for breakfast.
Love the blog — you have made meal planning so much easier! Anne, I am so happy not only to hear that you liked these, but that they lived up to their promise of keeping you full! Seriously, comments like this absolutely make my day. Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to share your thoughts. They looked so good in the picture, I really wanted to like them but….. While many people have enjoyed them very much, I understand that different people have different tastes.
Let me know if you would like me to help troubleshoot the recipe with you. I have to agree, these were the worst things that I have every made in my life. My whole family was disappointed and I wasted multiple ingredients making this inedible dish.
Sammy, I wish these bars had been to your liking! As I shared, they are not sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter bar, I recommend adding more honey. Tampa Bay Moms Blog. Thanks for this great recipe. My 6 year old and I made them together — a good activity and way to get hime excited about healthy snacks. So that he could take them to school, we substituted sun butter for peanut butter, making them safe for the many nut-free zones.
Hi Mike, I am so happy that you and your son liked these bars, and I love that you made them together. The sun butter is a fantastic idea, and I bet the dried cranberries would be delicious. Thanks so much for trying this recipe and letting me know how it turned out for you! Sunday food prep 3 — what went down in my kitchen A Hungry Runner. These are currently in the oven!! I am so excited to try them! They seem like a great, wholesome breakfast.
I was looking for a recipe like this but all of them either are hard granola bars or have nuts in them. Thank you so much for sharing! This is a must have for early mornings. I truly hope that you love this recipe. These are nice and soft and will keep you full for hours. If you would like to, there are a variety of free resources available online. I can, however, tell you that all the ingredients in this recipe are good for you, and personally I feel much better making these from scratch than buying processed food.
I know that might not be the answer you are looking for, but it is my honest approach to cooking. HorizonB2S - Alida's Kitchen. Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather. Could you suggest an alternative to banana? I hate the fruit and the smell makes me nauseous, so I want to make them with something else. We both sound like hungry hippos: The great thing about these bars is how versatile they are. You could also add 2 extra tablespoons of peanut butter, but I would not add extra applesauce, as I think it would make the bars too liquidy.
I hope you enjoy the bars. Let me know if you have any other questions! I prefer rolled oats because they are a little heartier and sturdier, but quick oats will work in this recipe just fine. Great question and enjoy the bars! What a perfect vacation breakfast or snack. Have a wonderful trip, and thanks so much for letting me know your thoughts! Came across these on Pinterest and had to look at the recipe. This was perfect, all the ingredients were in my pantry! Jumped up early this morning to make these for my girls before school.
What a super easy recipe! The girls love them and I think they will become a staple in our house for breakfast on the run! It is one of our staples too: It really means a lot! Hi Sally, what did you use instead of applesauce? Hi Elle I used Apple purée. I made my own as I had heaps of apples. Hope you have success!! Sally, thanks for weighing in!
Elle, you might also try plain yogurt if you want to experiment. These looks great — thanks for sharing! Am going to make a test batch with gluten free flour I have one kid who is allergic but I am with you — always starving. I usually have raw almonds in my desk but those are gone. I hope some hearty snacks find you soon and that you and your family love these bars! Thanks for the tip on the almond butter, banana, and chocolate chips too. I want to try it myself that way next time!
Who Owns the Sun? Healthy Breakfast Bars Oatmeal kscfood. Made without bananas but was awesome. I was looking for a tasty, sustaining breakfast oat bar, and these fit the bill perfectly. I made a few changes which worked well: Sonja, your bars sound absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out, and I love that you made your own applesauce for this too. I did substitute the applesauce with unsweetened pumpkin butter made by a local farmer in my community.
The pumpkin spices brought another level of flavor to the mix. It added a nice a fall element to the bar. Kudos to you for a wonderful recipe! Beth, I can only imagine how delicious pumpkin butter would be in these breakfast bars! Thank you so much for letting me know how they turned out for you, and for sharing your recipe idea too. I found this today and just had to make tonight, they just came out of the oven and look amazing.
I bet the coconut milk will be just delicious. I hope you and your daughter enjoy them, and thanks for your note! However, I have a wheat intolerance, would it still work if I substituted the whole wheat flour for something else, like oat flour? I would think that it will make the bars more dense, but they are pretty hearty anyway, so you will just get an extra boost. If you do experiment, please let me know how it turns out!
A quick Google search should give you a few good options. Holy cow, reading this I thought…she is describing me to a T! Thanks for the awesome recipe, I am making them this weekend for sure! Thank goodness for snacks: I modified them by mashing the banana and I added about half a cup of unsweetened coconut, quarter cup of flax seed, half a cup of walnuts and half a cup of dark chocolate chips.
I enjoyed the texture, sort of a dense bread. Thanks for the recipe!! Mary, that sounds absolutely delicious. I love the addition of the coconut and chocolate chips! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out. I truly appreciate it! My husband came home and saw them and was very excited, thought they looked great and took a bite and spit it back out.
Though many readers have enjoyed them, they are far less sweet than standard store bought bars. I think these will be extra handy to have around this summer when I start training for my second marathon and am ALWAYS hungry and will want to eat everything in sight. KC I am so so happy to hear this! Thanks so much for trying the recipe, for letting me know how it turns out, and for sharing it too.
That means the world: Best wishes on your marathon training. I think these bars will be perfect and you can spread them with extra PB too if needed!! I just made these and they are perfect! I added pecans but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. These are perfect for an easy freezer snack. Thank you very much! The pecan addition sounds delicious.
Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know. It means a lot! You can read it in more detail the reasons why on my FAQ page here: I do, however, know that there are many free calculators available online.
A quick Google search should give you some great options. Healthy Kid Approved Camping Recipes. I added chocolate chips and avocado oil, not sure if the avocado oil made them more moist but mine turned out rather crumbly but moist at the same time… I was able to cut them into small pieces, I guess maybe two or three would be good for breakfast.
Thanks for letting me know! Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars talestoldby. This one is added to my list: That is so great to hear! These bars sound perfect for what you need, and they are freezer friendly too. Congrats on the clerkship, and I hope these serve you well! Meal prep Classy in camo. Going on a camp hunting trip out west and would love to make these so I can stay healthy do they need to be stored refrigerated or could they be left out?
How fast would they spoil? Because the banana in these is fairly chunky, I recommend keeping them cool. You could keep them unrefrigerated maybe for a day or two, though they will become fairly soft. If you are looking for healthy snacks that can stay unrefrigerated for longer you could also try one of these: These do look like a perfect mid-day snack option, as you suggest! Not a fan of the taste nor is my son.
Can I just simply omit it? Unless you are used to eating breads and muffins without any kind of sweetener added at all, I would recommend adding a little something.
Pure maple syrup is another option, as is agave nectar. I hope you love this recipe Kristine! And the bars taste great with almond butter.
I make them that way sometimes myself: I just took these bars out of the oven. I made them for my recently-picky-eater grandson.
I put blueberries in mine. Lauren, these are fabulous with blueberries! I would definitely line the muffin pan with paper liners, and coat the liners with cooking spray. Maybe try checking them at the 12 or 15 minute mark, and keep an eye on them after that.
If you do try them in a muffin pan, I would love to hear how they come out! We did the muffin tins, I used the silicone cups I have.
I checked them at 15 min and they were still fairly gooey inside so I threw them back in for 10 more min and they came out perfect! Thanks so much for reporting back Lauren! How would you make these peanut free?
I did make a peanut butter sweetened glaze for the tops of these and now they taste considerably better! That sounds super tasty: These are a lot thicker than I expected, with a definite muffin texture, and a little blah on taste. Thank you for the recipe! Hi Robyn, Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to leave your review! If you find the bars not sweet enough as is, then I think adding the chocolate chips should do the trick.
You can always try the recipe with an extra tablespoon of honey too. I made them for breakfast for a sort of camping trip and they definitely did the job: Thanks for trying the recipe! Today I made them for a second time and I love them!! Thanx for a great recipe and greetings from the Netherlands! Yvonne, thanks so much for taking time to leave this review!
Wrapping and freezing them is just what I do too: Does this recipe have a strong banana taste? Blueberries or strawberries are both delicious! I made them without bananas because they were all gone by this morning not unusual. I added some extra applesauce, used agave instead of honey more than a little bothers my stomach , and an extra tablespoon of peanut butter. I also made a double batch brave of Me. I was searching Pinterest first time there because I heard there were many receipes.
In winter I eat hot oatmeal, but living in the desert makes that hard to do in summer. I wanted something healthy, filling, and no sugar. I think my daughter will like them too, as she usually skips breakfast, it is something she can take with her easily. Thank you so very much. Also, I used organic oatmeal because it is what I prefer.
Looked very much like your photo and texture reminded me of banana bread. Thanks for taking time to share your review and thoughtful comments. These sound great, be perfect for to take to work when on the go to. I feel truly blessed to have stumbled across you website through Pinterest. My husband and I moved to East Africa about 8 months ago as missionaries.
When we relocated here from Oregon, I was 21 weeks pregnant with our first baby, a girl. This gave us us some time to get acclimated in our new environment and now, our baby is 5 months old.
I was wondering, could you add ground flaxseed to this mixture for a little extra nutrition? Lacey, this is such a kind comment—thank you! I think you can definitely add flaxseed. I am in love with these bars!! Thank you for this recipe! Hi Erin, thank you so much for your great recepies and videos which make life easier for me?? I have a question, can I substitute quick barley instead of oats in this recepies? In my country barley is very cheaper and more reachable more available than oats.
If quick barley cooks in about the same amount of time as rolled oats on the stovetop about 5 min , the two are probably similar enough to where it could be worth an experiment. I followed your video and 30 minutes later out popped the most delicious filling oatmeal bars. My kitchen smelled amazing by the way with the cinnamon and peanut butter.
Thank you so much!! I am so so happy to hear this Eleninha! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to stop back by and leave this lovely review. I hope you and the kiddos enjoy every bite: I had two ripe bananas on my counter this morning and wanted to make something that I could easily grab-and-go for my first week of grad school which starts tomorrow — eeeeek! They turned out simply delicious and are very filling! Jenni, I am so excited to hear that you enjoyed these bar so much, and also that you appreciate their nutritional value.
That really means a lot! I made my version of these bars all summer! I add dried apricots and frozen blueberries. I also like raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Chocolate chips were a must. I do add ground flax seeds and have since the beginning of summer, I do not remember if there is a noticeable change except that I can detect their flavor.
Just take out night before needed. My daughter likes mango, but frozen did not have any taste. Dates, figs, maybe dried mangos are in my future. Prices are a concern as well as how they are processed. I love oatmeal, but not in the summer. I like it hot when it is cold 9 degrees last winter. I am enjoying the ability of taking a bar to work.
After I got use to chocolate chips being in recipe, I got distracted and forgot them. Well, instead of suffering without, I smeared a little trail of peanut butter down the middle and stuck chocolate chips to it here and there.
Janet, I am so happy to hear that you enjoy this recipe so much, and that it has taken so many different forms and flavors. Thank you so much for making it a part of your routine, and for taking time to share your review here! What do you think of this idea? Have you tried baking with these flours? I do know it would cost a little more. Although I do bake with both almond and coconut flour, I would not recommend either for this recipe. Do you think it would work if I used oat flour instead of whole wheat flour?
It might make the bars a bit more dense, but I think that you are likely to have good results. Have a great time on your trip. These are great, and the best part is that all of the ingredients are dog friendly, so I can make a larger batch and share them as treats with my canine companions. A great basis recipe for healthy lunchbox treats.
I also only used 2 tablespoons of honey. After they cooled, I cut them out with cookie cutter hearts and dipped the tops in melted dark chocolate. I saved the scraps for my own healthy treat. My new favourite blog. Carmen, the hearts sound so cute, and I love the addition of pears.
Thanks so much for sharing this kind review and for your sweet words. It means so much! You can definitely substitute almond butter for the peanut butter. I would not, however, use almond flour in place of the whole wheat flour. As always, I recommend that you use your best judgment, and your safest option is always to try the recipe as written. I hope this helps! Michelle, I developed the recipe with applesauce, so this is the only way that I can say works for certain.
You could experiment with canola or coconut oil, or try doing a blend of oil and Greek yogurt. Use your best judgment, and if you decide to try something new, I would love to hear how it turns out. These are pretty terrible and taste like soft cardboard at best. Will not be making these again. I certainly would never want to waste your time and ingredients. They are not meant to be a sweet bar or even like a banana bread, but rather a hearty, healthy, lightly sweetened breakfast or snack. I love these bars!
Too bad I added one fourth a cup of salt by accident. I went on a weekend trip recently so I made my first batch of these. My subs included using a cup of oat flour for half of the oats, almond instead of peanut butter, 1. It was the perfect thing to keep my tummy happy when I got hungry on a bus at 2 a. Thanks for leaving such a nice review! Do you have to use applesauce to get the right consistency? Yes, the applesauce is essential for moisture, to bind the bars, and for flavor.
It sweetens with the natural sweetness of the fruit itself. I hope you enjoy the recipe! I love trying out new recipes. If it works out well the first time, then I have no problem adding it to my recipe book and making it again. So, this is the second time I made these bars this week. And then a funny thing happened — it turns out I wanted another one… and the next morning I looked forward to settling in at work and having another one with a little bit of blueberry preserves on top. These are a good breakfast bar to hold me over until lunch and it breaks up the routine of yogurt or a banana for breakfast.
For the second batch, I did the 1. I did add a little more honey to make them just a tiny bit sweeter. Topping with blueberry preserves sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this nice review!
One of my favorite recipes to make. My boyfriend requests this more than anything else! He likes it when I put mini chocolate kisses on top. It can easily be made vegan as well! Mini chocolate kisses on top sound delicious. Thanks for taking the time to leave this wonderful comment! Always from a box. But not this time. Since I workout I added scoop of unflavored, dairy-free plant based protein for that extra nutritional punch.
My printer is getting tired from printing every other recipe I find on your site. Do you have a book?? Thank you for leaving this great feedback! You do need to use some kind of fruit puree like applesauce, as it provides sweetness, moisture, and binds the bars.
You could try making homemade applesauce. Otherwise, you might try swapping a puree made of very ripe bananas, though that would be a bit of an experiment. As you can see from other reviews, many have enjoyed them very much, but everyone has different preferences.
I made these and used maple syrup instead of honey I added extra and substituted a flax egg for an egg to keep it vegan. I also left out the banana. They turned out great and taste very healthy and are quite filling. Thank you for sharing your tweaks. That peanut butter and jelly topping sounds delicious! Will try baking some this weekend…. Could I use butter or oil?
I hope you enjoy the recipe if you do give it a try! Thank you for the reply! I ended up making it to the store for some applesauce, so will bake this weekend as written. I will let you know how they turn out. I also added more spices nutmeg, ginger and a little molasses for flavor. We gave him one cut up into 1in squares after dinner as dessert and he insisted on a 2nd!
This will be a staple in our freezer. Thanks for giving the recipe a try. I really appreciate your taking the time to share the tweaks you made and to leave this awesome feedback! I made this oatmeal breakfast bars today! Turned out pretty good: It was a nice surprise that this turned out as rather moist not a crunchy kind as so the typical granola bar is , almost like an oatmeal version of muffin cake or something.
Thank you for posting: Thanks for sharing your feedback—I really appreciate it! These were very filling and not too sweet. I would suggest using a different nut butter or sunbutter instead—that would be delicious! I am adding this recipe to my regular rotation- it hit ALL the spots!!! I love that you use whole and healthy ingredients without compromising taste or texture and no fancy or obscure ingredients either, at least for U.
I am working really hard to reduce the amount of added sugar I consume, which is quite difficult, especially when I LOVE to bake. Or add more honey! These bars are dense as described, but also quite moist and delicious. I warmed my slice and spread with a teaspoon of almond butter. Thanks for creating such wonderful recipes! Thank you so much for giving the recipe a try and for your kind words about my recipes.
I hope you enjoy the strawberry bars too! Should I modify any other ingredients to compensate? Thanks for the quick input! Which liquid would you increase if I add a few scoops of whey protein powder? Delicious, easy and healthy with high protein!
Also added a handful mini chocolate chips. But followed recipe other than that. Like dense but still moist banana bread. I will be making different versions regularly going forward for my weekday meal prep bfasts. These are definitely yummy. I added some mini chocolate chips for a bit more sweetness. They are very soft, cheer and thick. Hi Shelby, the mini chocolate chips sound like a delicious addition!
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and reporting back! Was wondering what can be substituted for bananas? You can leave out the bananas or swap them for other fruits, nuts, or chips.
I just discovered this recipe a few weeks ago and I must say, I love it. My son just started school and with how rushed our mornings are I really wanted him to have a healthy, portable breakfast that he would actually eat we leave the house at 6: So far I have made them as is, then I tried adding some chocolate chips both were a huge hit.
I want to vary up the flavours a bit. Are there any other flavour variations you can suggest? As for additional flavor combos, another reader subbed pumpkin for the applesauce and added pumpkin spice to the batter. Dried fruit and nuts would also be delicious mixed in! I kind of hate them and all cooked fruit for that matter: Would you recommend I substitute with more egg? Would love to hear your thoughts. You can swap the bananas for any other fruit you prefer.
Blueberries or strawberries would be delicious! I love the sound of these bars, can you breakdown the 24 grams of protein for me please. Hi Melody, thanks for this question! It made me take another look at the nutritional info listed, because while these bars do have protein, that number seemed high.
My apologies for any confusion! Hi Winky, to be honest, that is kind of tricky, because the applesauce both binds and moistens the bars. These are so good!!!! We just kept them in the baking pan and cut of pieces as we go.
Hi Ali, the bars are definitely not very sweet, but it sounds like you have a good plan to tailor them more to your preferred sweetness next time! I plan on making them again. And I froze some. I thought of adding some dehydrated strawberries I have too.
These look so good. You are SO welcome, Sara!! I can think of many occasions that would call for a bigger batch ; Enjoy! I just made these and I really enjoyed the flavor. Thanks for the recipe. I did a double batch and only added 10 mins of extra cooking time on top of what you recommended in your recipe. The bars came out too soft. What temp and time do you recommend for a double batch?
Mark I am so glad you enjoyed these! Added chopped almonds and chia seeds for more health-punch. Doubled the banana and used generous scoops of peanut butter. I did the 9X13 quantity and it took about 50 minutes to bake through.
Cannot mistake that these are health bars, but my kids are eating them as we speak, and even my sweet-tooth kid likes them. They leave a really pleasant taste in your mouth, and you just want to keep eating them. They smelled great baking too.
If so, what would be recommended? Natassia, you could try experimenting with extra banana, mixed with a tablespoon or so of oil. This recipe is amazing. I tripled the recipe and we grind half the oats for the texture sensitive family members. I freeze them in quart size freezer bags and pull them out as we finish one bag. Thank you for taking time to leave this lovely review too.
It is so helpful and means a lot! Your email address will not be published. Did you make this recipe? Notify me of replies to my comment via email. I'm Erin, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Here, you'll find lightened up comfort foods, weeknight meal ideas, and a few soulful sweets. Place rack in the center reheat oven to degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat 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, 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.
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