11.17.15

OATMEAL BREAKFAST BARS

we’re back with another morning hack! last time we shared this simple pancake recipe that can be made ahead, and today we’re sharing a baked oatmeal bar made with Quaker Oats. i like to work out in the morning, it starts my day on the right foot and leaves me feeling energized for the day. i know there are split opinions on eating before working out but for me, personally, i have to eat something about 45 minutes before or i’ll start feeling really weak half way through my workout. i’ve been making a version of these bars for the past few months and thought i’d share the recipe i came up with using Quaker whole grain oats. they’re great kept in the freezer or refrigerator and you can pull them out when you’re in a hurry and off you go!

there are a lot of ways to adapt this recipe, you can keep them super simple with just oats, almond butter, coconut oil and dates or you can dress them up with a variety of toppings. the bar recipe is also completely vegan, which is awesome! and, if you’re interested we can find more time saving hacks, here.

Ingredients for the bar:

• 1 cup almond butter
• 10 dates
• 2 cups Quaker oats®
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil

Ingredient options for toppings: 

• raw honey (coconut nectar for vegans)
• sliced almonds raw
• pumpkin seeds raw
• fresh blueberries
• goji berries

•grease a 9″ baking pan with coconut oil and set aside and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. in a food processor, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, Quaker Oats®, and dates. turn on high and let mix until a ball of dough starts to form, about 4 minutes, you can turn it off and check the consistency, if it’s too wet add more oats, if it’s too dry add a little more coconut oil. press the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.

• remove from the oven and let them cool in the pan completely, cut them into desired size and then select your toppings. i like to top them with just sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds because they keep really well that way. you can also store the bars with no toppings and then top them as desired when you’re ready to eat. these would also make for a great after-school snack.

i’ve also made a bite size no-bake version of these bars by rolling the dough into balls and keep them in the freezer. they’re great on the go!

photos by: ivan solis

(this post is in collaboration with The Quaker Oats Company, all opinions are my own)

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    Jessica Rose says:

    These look too delish!! I would find it very hard to stop eating once I’d tried one!!

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    Kelly says:

    These look delicious, will definitely try this at home.

    Just a quick question: were these photos taken with studio light or is this window light (love the light in them hence the question).

    marina says:

    I love easy yummy recipes like this!
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    Megan says:

    This looks so yummy! I am going to try this out. Thanks for sharing!
    -Meg
    http://www.withlovemeg.com

    I bet these taste amazing! They sure look amazing <3
    http://www.daintydeeds.com

    These look absolutely perfect! I would make a batch to bring to the office for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack – a way healthier option than my usual chocolate bar 🙂 And the photos are gorgeous!

    Tisha says:

    This looks yummy! I will definitely try making this. The images really made me want to go and get the ingredients and make these for myself asap!

    Kylie Garner says:

    Super! Looks so yummy, thanks for sharing. Yummy recipe, healthy option, and great photos.

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