I dont know about you, but breakfast in our house is generally a project. Eating in the morning requires cooking at least one thing on the stovetop (usually eggs or oatmeal), entertaining the starving toddler while cooking, trying the convince the starving toddler that you cant hold her and fry eggs at the same time, finally eating, and cleaning it all up. We love oats- granola, muesli, oatmeal. Weve tried reheating day-old oatmeal so as not to waste it and as an easy fix for the next day, but lets face it: it just doesnt keep that well.
The warm flavor of cinnamon perfectly paired with subtly sweet, crisp pink ladys and tart granny smiths are great year-round. Oats also add a great source of soluble fiber, which contributes to satiety to keep you full until the next meal. The nuts and seeds pack in the protein.
I was trying out this recipe in the kitchen, and it didnt turn out as entirely as expected, which definitely happens around here. These oatmeal bars are softer than a typical granola bar. I think I layered them into the pan too thick. So if you want a drier, crunchier bar, only layer them to a 1/2 inch thick or so. These bars work great as a cold breakfast with sliced fruit on the side, or even heated up to resemble hot oatmeal, but ready to go and with no sticky pan to clean. These are also a great an on-the-go snack for hungry moms who didnt eat enough breakfast or grouchy toddlers who have to hang in there for one more errand. Simply fold up in parchment paper, and have a few ready for your week ahead. Theyll keep for 3-4 days.
Apple crisp oatmeal bars
***I didnt add any sweeteners, but if you like your oatmeal on the sweeter side generally, Id recommend adding about 1/4 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup.
Apple Crisp Oatmeal Bars
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Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrates 55g
Dietary Fiber 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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2 cups oats (whole or porridge oats or any combination)
1/2 cup pecans, lightly chopped
1 T sesame seeds
3 T sunflower seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt (optional)
3 apples (I used a pink lady and 2 granny smiths)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk (I used semi-skimmed)
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all dry ingredients together
Mix wet ingredients together
Layer into a square baking pan lined with parchment paper and cook for 40 minutes
Let cool, then remove bars including parchment from pan and slice
Wrap individual bars in parchment squares to have on hand for healthy snacks for your week!
Pepitas, dried fruit, crystallized ginger would also make great additions.
If you want crispier bars, cook them in a thinner layer and more more moist and chewy bars, make a thicker layer.