4/7/11

All Natural Breakfast Bars




In pursuit of becoming the healthiest we can be as a family, Rich and I are becoming experts on nutrition! Well, not totally, but Rich has lost 4 lbs. in 4 days. He's 10 lbs. down from his weight 3 weeks ago.

The best part is that he is feeling SO much better. His daily headaches are just about gone. He has more energy. He seems happier. I am happier. And we're setting a good example for our boys.

This breakfast bar may not please everyone's taste, but they are SO good for you and packed with protein and energy for the day. They may not be sweet enough for some  (I will add a note on how you can add some sweetness and not add a lot of calories), but I love the chewy texture and natural goodness. I also like the hint of banana and cinnamon with the maple flavor. A great start to the day!

Breakfast Bars
1-1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. all natural peanut butter (I love Parker's brand below)
1/2 c. raw almonds
1 small banana, mashed
2 T. flax seed
4 T. pure maple syrup (can substitute with honey)
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
pinch of salt

**If you desire a bit of a sweeter bar, add in dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, raisins) or 4 T. brown sugar. Or you could even add some dark chocolate chunks.

In a food processor, pulse all of the ingriedents until well mixed, stirring in between pulses. I like to leave some of the almond chunks visible so I can pick them out for Henry! Cover an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and press bars into pan with the back of a spoon. Cover tightly and freeze for about an hour. Cut into 16 bars.

Per serving (1 bar)
Calories: 151






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6 comments:

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Wow!! These look delicious and I can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

God Bless,
Kathleen

The 6-S Ranch said...

Yum, looks awesome!

Anna said...

Tanya, these look yummy and have ingredients that our family loves! I'll have to get out to the kitchen and whip these up. Congrats to Rich!

Anonymous said...

These look lovely. You are inspiring me to want to get healthy. I need to lose quite a few lbs and so does my husband. The problem is we keep eating your old recipes which make us fatter! Looking forward to the healthier recipes.

Alice

Jessica Gish Bergin said...

These look great! Any tips on how to store them, and how long they'll keep? Also, do you suppose Quick Oats would work ok?

Caitlin said...

I recently made these bars and they tasted absolutely delicious! However, my bars didn't "set". They were too soft to cut into bars and pick up. Any advice on what I may have done wrong, or how to adjust this problem?

Thanks for your help!