Make ahead breakfast and snack options are two my most highly requested recipe categories. In Ireland in particular by default people reach for cereals and bread…and of course “healthy breakfast bars”. Now I’m not saying that they are unhealthy or bad, I don’t believe any foods are bad with maybe a small handful of exceptions to the rule.
That being said, they’re a whole host of more nutrient dense alternatives that will leave you feeling fuller for longer, a lot more energised and kick start your day in a more optimal way.
These breakfast oat bars or any time of the day snack bars, are wholesome, carb loaded, with just a small amount of maple syrup and banana to sweeten them, leaving your options widely open when it comes to toppings. A cross between an oat bread, baked oats and a flapjack, not to be mistaken for a granola bar.
Chewy, dense and a little crispy round the edges. If you’re after a crispy crunchy granola bar I have a tried and tested one coming soon, but these are much more hearty!
My favourite toppings include:
- Meridian Foods Fruit Spread and Almond or Peanut Butter
- Meridian Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Grilled Banana
- Melted Dairy Free or Dark Chocolate; I love Ombar, Dr. Coy’s & Nobo!
- Avocado and a drizzle of Honey…don’t know it till you’ve tried it!
Feel free to leave some of your topping suggestions below! You could also totally add some mix ins to the bars…chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, coconut, no sugar added chocolate chips from Pulsin, or whatever you have at hand!
Basic Breakfast Oat BarsPrint Recipe
- 300g oats (half porridge, half jumbo oats @bobsredmill
- 2 tbsp (14g) @linwoodshealthfoods milled flaxseed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 250ml unsweetened almond milk
- 60ml @meridianfoods maple syrup
- 60g @meridianfoods smooth peanut butter
- 60g banana puree (I use baby puree so no blending required @aldi_ireland)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract not essence
Line a 9 inch loaf tin with baking paper. Grease with spray oil.
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.
Stir well to combine. It will be a thick mixture.
Place into loaf tin and spread
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool full before slicing into 6 bars.
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to one month
Macros Per Bar - 43C 11P 9F Approx. 293 kcals