Breakfast Bars

January 26, 2014 § 4 Comments

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? After a long night without food, we need to give our bodies some fuel to get us through the day. In winter I usually start my day with a warm cup of tea and either some oatmeal or eggs. But there are times when I have to run out the door without the time to make anything….sounds familiar, right?

So here’s where these healthy breakfast bars come in. No sugar, gluten free and made with healthy coconut oil. They take no time to make or bake. You can vary the ingredients endlessly and keep them wrapped up so you just have to grab and go.

Wish I had one today – drove my daughter to the airport for her trip to Alaska. Sorry Cara! I’ll make a fresh batch. :)

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Ingredients:

2 cups oats – I used gluten free oats

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup cream or milk

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup cashews

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8″ square pan.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Smooth the top evenly.

Put into pan and bake about 30 minutes until slightly browned.

Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

This is the way I made them today, but you can use any combinations of nuts, seeds or spices you like. Next time I’ll use dried cranberries instead of the raisins, sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin and almonds instead of walnuts. You can use dates, dried fruit like apples, mango, or pineapple. Try adding some flaked coconut. You could also add some mashed bananas (cut down the milk a little) to the oats or even chocolate chips. Pretty much anything goes!

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