Diet OAMM: Nutrient Packed Breakfast Bars Healthy Recipe
We’re big fans of on the go snack bars around my house but we know that the processed bars aren’t the greatest for our health. So, I’ve been looking around for a great recipe to make homemade snack bars and finally found one on eatingwell.com with great reviews! Due to a nut allergy, I played around with the ingredients to find a recipe that tastes great and that our family can eat. We love these bars!
The great thing about this recipe is that there is a substitute for almost every ingredient. So, you can be creative! If you can find a store that sells each ingredient in bins, you can measure exact quantities needed to reduce waste and save a bit of money. You can also make several batches to use up all of the ingredients and freeze for later. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Adapted from eatingwell.com
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 cup Kashi’s Go Lean Crunch
- 1/3 cup currants
- 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, Craisins or golden raisins, chopped
- 1/4 cup creamy almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or unsweetened peanut butter
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (optional)
- 1/4 cup Agave or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray an 8-inch-square pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spread oats, almonds/pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sessame seeds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Stir contents and then continue baking another 10 minutes or until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant.
- Remove seeds/nuts from oven. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in cereal, currants, apricots and dried cranberries/Craisins/raisins.
- In a small pan, combine seed/nut butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Heat mixture over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, 2-5 minutes, or until the mixture bubbles lightly.
- Immediately pour the seed/nut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly.
- Transfer to the 8-inch-square pan and press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer.
- Refrigerate until firm or about 30 minutes.
- Cut into 8 bars.
- Wrap each bar in wax paper and place in freezer bags.
- Thaw one serving in refrigerator or on counter for about 10 minutes.
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 bar • Calories: 245 Fat: 10
Protein: 7 • Carbs: 38 • Fiber: 3 • WW Points: 5 • Points +: 8
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