Thursday, August 16, 2012

Homemade Breakfast Bars

Adapted from this recipe at Urban Nester
Why you should make this recipe too: It is healthy. It is easy.  It takes like dessert! Make once a week and have healthy breakfasts and after school snacks ready to go.

2 C Steel Cut Oats- quick cooking (I used Bob's Red Mill Organic)
1/3 C brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon, more for sprinkling on top
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C almonds, coarsely chopped
1 C frozen unsweetened blueberries
1/2 C chocolate chips
2 C skim milk
1 large egg
3 TBLS butter, melted
1 TBLS vanilla extract
1 banana, peeled and sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray 13 X 9 baking pan, Place pan on baking sheet, set aside. In a large bowl comine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. Divide almonds, berries and chocolate chips in half and add to oats mixture. In a different bowl combine milk, egg, butter and vanilla. Whisk together. Lay oats mixture evenly in pan. Sprinkle remaining almonds, berries and chocolate chips on top. Pour milk mixture over oats and gently shake to  distribute the liquid evenly. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until the center is dense. While warm sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top. Place pan on cooling rack and allow to cool. Cut into squares. Serve with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt if you desire. Store remaining in air tight container. Enjoy!

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