I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. When I was younger it was the meal that I most frequently skipped, but I got older I began to learn the importance of having a good breakfast. Having said that, there are still days that I don’t quite practice what I preach and fail to properly nourish myself for the day ahead. I alway regret it when this happens, so I decided that I needed a recipe that was simple to make, doesn’t require a ton of complicated ingredients and tastes great. These breakfast bars have become the perfect solution to my breakfast problem.
Filled with many of my favourite breakfast ingredients including crunchy almond butter, nuts and oats, these breakfast bars are a great and satiating snack regardless of the time of day. High in protein and low in sugar, they have become my most recent breakfast obsession. On the days when I am not rushing out the door, I like to enjoy these bars with fresh berries and some extra nut butter. They are also great topped with yogurt and fresh fruit.
It is super easy to make substitutions to tailor these bars to your own personal taste, so consider the directions below loose guidelines to making simple breakfast bars that work for you. Substitute your favourite nut (or a combination of nuts) instead of the almonds and cashews that I used in the recipe below. If you don’t have chocolate chunks on hand substitute them for raisins.
1 medium banana, ripened
1 1/2 cups oats
1/3 cup crunchy almond butter
1/2 cup organic chocolate chunks
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1 tbsp + 1 tsp maple syrup (you can substitute raw honey if you prefer)
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F
Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper
In a large bowl mash the peeled banana (try to get it as smooth as possible)
Stir in the almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and egg – combine until all of the ingredients are well incorporated
Add the oats and mix well
Add the baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon
Fold in the nuts and the chocolate chunks
Pour the mixture into the baking pan, smoothing the mixture into an even layer
Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until golden brown around the edges
Allow to completely cool before cutting into squares
You can store the squares in an air tight container for up to a week either at room temperature or in the fridge.
I hope that you have a wonderful day! ❤️XXS