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Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe

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Takeaway:

Oatmeal breakfast bars aren’t just delicious in the morning; they are highly nutritious and make excellent lunchtime snacks. Packed with nothing but healthful ingredients, these soft, homemade healthy bars are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Oatmeal is one of the most popular and healthiest foods known to mankind. If you’ve never had oatmeal before in your life, you should probably keep that to yourself — people may think that you’re not human. In case you’re wondering, yes, oatmeal is great for you, despite what anyone says. Today, we’re going to learn how to cook oatmeal breakfast bars. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because they are sold everywhere, but the ones we’ll be making today are going to be even more delightful.

What Are Oatmeal Breakfast Bars?

You can probably guess that one on your own. As previously mentioned, oatmeal is a highly versatile food meaning it can be cooked in various forms. Oatmeal breakfast bars are basically oatmeal but in snack bar form. You probably came across some at your local supermarket or gas station. 

Some of the well-known brands selling these oatmeal bars include KIND, Quaker Oats, and Nutri-Grain. Like oatmeal porridge, these delicious snack bars offer much of the same benefits but are designed to be taken on the go to complement any breakfast.

What Is Oatmeal?

Before we get into the good stuff, let’s clarify what oatmeal really is. Oatmeal is a nutrient-dense whole grain that’s universally known and super easy to make. 

Oatmeal comes in many forms; whether it’s a hot bowl of steel-cut oats, oatmeal raisin muffins, or an irresistible slice of oatmeal pie, there are many ways to cook it. There is no debate, oatmeal is the superstar of a healthy breakfast, but more often than not, it doesn’t get the appreciation it so justly merits.

When cooked, oatmeal has a subtle, honeyed flavor and a creamy texture. Most people like to eat it straight from the pot. Other people like it better as a snack such as muffins, bars, or bites.

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What Are the Benefits of Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is insanely healthy. It’s rich in beta-glucan, a potent soluble fiber known to lower cholesterol levels, promote a healthier immune system, and more. Furthermore, oatmeal is an essential component of a high fiber diet, which can help counteract chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart conditions. That being said, if you’re conscious about your weight, eating a bowl of oatmeal may help you in this endeavor.

In addition, oats are packed with essential minerals, vitamins, as well as antioxidants. Some of those key ingredients include:

  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

Oatmeal Bars vs. Other Breakfast Bars

There are thousands of breakfast bars available on the market today. You probably already enjoy some of them. However, unlike other bars, oatmeal contains more beneficial elements. Some breakfast bars contain an excessive amount of sugar, fat, and calories. Oatmeal breakfast bars offer a nutritious, well-balanced amount of ingredients for the perfect meal replacement.

Is Oatmeal Plant-Based?

The answer to this question is Yes and No! It depends. Oatmeal is made of oats, and oats are categorized as cereal grains that come from a plant called Avena Sativa. So, in its raw form, yes, oatmeal is vegan. But people rarely eat raw oats. Most of the time, there will be add-ons, such as milk or honey. When that’s the case, its vegan status becomes somewhat dubious.

How to Make Breakfast Bars

lady prepping oatmeal breakfast barsNow you know how nutritious oatmeal bars really are, the many benefits they contain, and how they differ from other breakfast bars. Making your own breakfast bar sounds impossible until you actually take the time to do it. Then you realize it’s not so difficult. We have the perfect recipe to help you make your own healthy bars. You’ll thank us later. Let’s get started. 

Other Variations of Oatmeal Bars

As previously mentioned, for the people that are on a strict plant-based diet plan, you’ll find your share of vegan oatmeal bars recipes. For people that like to spice things up, there are many variations of healthy breakfast bars you can try. You can add apples in the mix and make yourself an apple oatmeal bar or strawberry if you’re in the mood for it. If you like your snack extra Chewy, you can absolutely make them that way. And lastly, for the chocolate fanatic, oatmeal chocolate chip bars are definitely doable.

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Homemade oatmeal breakfast bars are wholesome, packing, and utterly scrumptious! With ingredients such as banana, peanut butter, honey, and oatmeal, these irresistible bars will satisfy your sweet cravings and keep you energized for hours.

They are super easy to make and can last at least 2 weeks. If you are vegan, some of the ingredients we use might not seem fitting to you. There are dozens of vegan oatmeal bar recipes you can find online. For the rest of you who are not vegan, let’s get to it.

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Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cooking Time:

35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 banana

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat an 8×8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
Step 2: In a medium pan, mix the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, whole wheat flour, and salt.
Step 3: In another, larger bowl, blend the milk, peanut butter, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla.
Step 4: Pour the mixture from step 2 into the wet mixture of step 3 and stir thoroughly.
Step 5: Mix in your diced banana, and then place it into the baking pan.
Step 6: Bake for 35 minutes or until thickened and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, cut into bars, and serve.

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Recipe

Calories

Total Fat

Cholesterol

Sodium

Potassium

Protein

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

210
5g
23mg
105mg
149mg
7g

Recipe

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Calories

210

Total Fat

5g

Cholesterol

23mg

Sodium

105mg

Potassium

149mg

Protein

7g
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