Are you looking for a fast, but healthy breakfast option?
Look no further, I have an answer with these healthy oatmeal breakfast bars…that are delicious!
There are so many benefits to eating breakfast. But we usually need a FAST breakfast that we can grab and go, that is also healthy and filling.
Typical breakfast bars in the cereal aisle are full of sugar and preservatives. The next time you are at the grocery pick up a box of “fruit filled” breakfast bars and read the ingredients list and also the sugar content. (As far as counting sugar, 4 grams equals -1 teaspoon.)
I think you will be quite surprised at the lack of fruit and the un-pronounceable ingredients. We buy them thinking we are feeding our family something good.
A typical popular brand breakfast bar contains 16 grams of sugar.
That is like pouring 4 teaspoons of sugar on top of that little breakfast or granola bar. None of us would actually do that!…but technically are as we eat it.
Grabbing a sugar laden, prepackaged granola or breakfast bar will give you a burst of energy from the sugar. But once the peak is hit, your body will plummet into no energy and the feeling of hunger, which means we are starving and eat everything in sight.
It is impossible to make it to lunch time.
By eating a breakfast of fiber and protein, you will feel fuller longer and will set your body up for good eating habits all day.
So what do you do?
Why these breakfast bars are good for you
These are my favorite breakfast bars and are delicious warm or cold. They contain no processed sugar and can be made gluten free! Ditch the pop tarts and grab an Oatmeal Breakfast bar for yourself or the kids.
These breakfast bars are packed full of goodness with oats and peanut butter with a punch of protein and fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer.
Make these oatmeal breakfast bars at the beginning of the week and have them all week long for a fast, healthy breakfast!
Add a piece of fruit, a smoothie, or almonds and you have the perfect breakfast!
The benefits of eating breakfast
Breakfast has been dubbed the most important meal of the day! It provides us with the energy to get our day started.
- Eating breakfast is associated with lower heart disease risk.
- Eating breakfast is beneficial for brain concentration and performance.
- Because it “breaks the fast” of no food since last nights dinner or snack, it sets your body up for eating good the rest of the day because the body isn’t starving.
The 3 main ingredients for Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- Peanut Butter
Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Health benefits of oats:
- Oats are incredibly nutritious and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidant plant compounds. They are also a good source of fiber and protein.
- Oats are low in calories but high in soluble fiber making us feel fuller longer.
- Oats contain a unique soluble fiber called beta-glucen which has been shown to reduce LDL and cholesterol levels and reduce blood sugar levels.
Health benefits of peanut butter:
- Peanut butter is chock full of heart healthy mono-saturated fat. Numerous studies have shown that people who regularly include nuts or peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Just be aware of serving size and portion control.
- Peanut butter is a healthy, energy packed, high protein food. It is also a source of vitamin E and minerals like magnesium and copper
- To get the most out of peanut butter choose an all natural peanut butter that does not contain sugar, salt or added fillers.
Health benefits of bananas:
- Bananas are one of the most popular foods in the world and contain all kinds of good vitamins, flavonoids, anti-oxidants and fiber.
- Bananas are high in potassium, which is important for controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- Over centuries, bananas have been used to settle upset stomachs, reduce stress, relieve constipation, ease heartburn pain and ease PMS symptoms.
Now on to the recipe for all of this yummy goodness to fuel your body!
Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars:
- 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt (like this)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (like this)
- 2 overripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (like this)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (do not use pancake syrup-there is a difference!)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease square baking pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl mix together the quick cooking oats, baking powder, sea salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside
- In a large bowl mix masked banana and peanut butter together until combined.
- Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup and egg. Mix until combined.
- Add the almond milk and stir until batter blended.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9×9″ baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 27 minutes, or until the top slightly springs back when touched and edges are barely brown.
- Melt the extra peanut butter and drizzle on top.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
- Store in refrigerator, reheat in microwave or enjoy cold.
** Oatmeal Breakfast Bars can be stored 2 days in an air tight container on your countertop or 7 days in a refrigerator.
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