Lately is seems that I’ve fallen into the habit of grabbing whatever is lying around for breakfast. That usually ends up being a sugary muffin, bagel or (gasp) even the occasional doughnut, because there’s an amazing doughnut shop down the street from me. Revolution Doughnuts. Delish. But I digress. While all of these treats are delicious, that are just that, treats, and probably shouldn’t be consumed every morning. So, in an effort to curb this breakfast frenzy, I’m trying to make my breakfast ahead of time to avoid falling into the “availability” and “on the go” trap. This past week I found a recipe on the blog Chocolate and Zucchini and gave it a whirl. The bars ended up somewhere between a combination of oatmeal and a granola bar. They hold together pretty well, so are convenient when on the run, but are also soft and reminiscent of a warm bowl of oatmeal. I transfer one bar to the fridge at night and just grab it on my way to work in the morning (or, if I forget I just grab it from the freezer). At work I stick it in the microwave for a minute or two and have a warm, tasty breakfast that keeps me going until lunch!

 

oatmeal breakfast bars (1 of 16)

2 3/4 C old fashioned oats, uncooked
2/3 C brown sugar
3/4 C raisins and/or dried cherries*
1 apple, peeled and roughly chopped
1/3 C walnuts, chopped*
2 Tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/3 C milk**
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp vanilla

* feel free to substitute your preferred dried fruit and nuts/seeds.
** the picture shows both skim milk and cream because that’s all I had and I wanted to use milk with a little more oomph than skim, so I added a little cream to the mix.

 

oatmeal breakfast bars (2 of 16)

 

Preheat the oven to 350º F and lightly oil or butter a casserole dish.

Combine the oats, dried fruit, chopped nuts, cinnamon, salt and flax seeds.

 

oatmeal breakfast bars (3 of 16)

 

Whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar and add to the oats.

Pour the mixture into the casserole and sprinkle the apple across the top.

 

oatmeal breakfast bars (6 of 16)

 

Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until the middle has set. Let the dish cool completely on a wire rack.

Once the dish has cooled, cut into 8 pieces and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. I added a layer of aluminum foil or parchment paper on top of the wrap.

Store the bars in the freezer and transfer to the fridge the night before you want to eat one. They are good both cold and nuked in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The perfect combination of healthy, filling and ease for mornings when you are running out the door.

 

 

Breakfast Oatmeal Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 2¾ C old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • ⅔ C brown sugar
  • ¾ C raisins and/or dried cherries*
  • 1 apple, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ⅓ C walnuts, chopped*
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3⅓ C milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F and lightly oil or butter a casserole dish.
  2. Whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, dried fruit, chopped nuts, cinnamon, salt and flax seeds.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into the oats and stir until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the casserole and sprinkle the apple across the top.
  5. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until the middle has set. Let the dish cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Once the dish has cooled, cut into 8 pieces and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. I added a layer of aluminum foil or parchment paper on top of the wrap. Store the bars in the freezer and transfer to the fridge the night before you want to eat one. They are good either cold or briefly nuked in the microwave.
Notes
* feel free to substitute your preferred dried fruit and nuts/seeds.