Healthy Breakfast Oat Bars
A breakfast that everyone will love
If you’re anything like me, mornings are BUSY. Which is why I love to meal prep or at least just have breakfast planned ahead of time so that way I can have something healthy and nutritious first thing to start my day.
These oatmeal bars are every bit of healthy, yes even with the dark chocolate! However, if you’re not a “chocolate first thing in the morning” type of person, them 1. I’m concerned, and 2. You can swap it for fruit or just leave it out all together!
Ingredients in healthy breakfast oat bars
Like all of my recipes, I try my best to keep the ingredient list short and sweet. For this recipe you’ll just need a handful of ingredients, all of which i’m sure most of us already have in our pantry!
- over-ripe bananas- For this recipe you’ll need about 1.5 cups of mashed bananas which is about 3 large bananas.
- almond butter- I used almond butter for this recipe, but you can use any nut butter that you’d like
- ground flax– whenever I make a vegan dessert, I always add in ground flax. It helps make the dish sturdy (since we aren’t using any eggs) and it also adds great health benefits as well!
- oats– organic old fashioned oats are preferred. If following a gluten-free diet, you can sub gluten-free oats.
- oat flour– store bought or you can always make your own which is what I do. Simply blend oats in your blender for 10-15 seconds until you get a nice fine oat flour.
- baking powder
- vegan dark chocolate chips- may sub fresh fruit, or omit this ingredient all together.
How to make breakfast bars
Making these breakfast bars are simple! I like to make them Sunday night so I have a whole batch of them ready for me come Monday morning!
Kitchen tools needed
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- 8×8 pan
- Parchment paper
To start, preheat the oven to 350F and prepare your baking dish by lining an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. PRO TIP: Spray a small amount of non-stick spray before adding in the parchment paper to prevent the parchment paper from slipping.
In a large bowl, add in bananas and mash really well. I use a fork for this, but you can use a potato masher if you have one. Then, add in the almond butter, ground flax and cinnamon and mix once more.
Add in the oats, oat flour and baking powder and using a spatula, mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips last.
Pour this mixture into the prepared 8×8 dish and bake in the preheated oven for 18 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting into.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container up to 4-5 days.