If there’s one thing to help your day get off to the right start, it’s a good breakfast.
A warm cinnamon roll with a cup of coffee is a good way to start my Saturday.
But during the week I generally try to stick to healthy breakfasts that are crave-worthy and have staying power. Nothing like a sugar crash at 9am to put a damper on getting things done.
For these healthy breakfast bars, I pretty much tried to combine as many well-loved flavors as possible – honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut. For heartiness, there are oats (both ground & whole) and almonds and for a little extra sweetness, I threw in some dates.
The great thing about breakfast bars is their grab-and-go nature. Even if you’re in a hurry, you can still get in a good breakfast that will keep you full & energized.
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Healthy Breakfast Bars
- 2 c. oats, ground in a blender or food processor
- 1 c. oats, whole
- 1 1/2 c. sliced almonds
- 1 c. dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 c. coconut oil (unrefined), in liquid state
- 1/2 c. honey
- 3/4 t. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350º and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the ground oats, whole oats, almonds, dates, cinnamon, and salt. The dates can be sticky and tend to clump together so you may need to separate the clumps with your hands. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the liquid coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients, stirring until everything is well mixed. Pour everything into the lined baking dish and press down tightly & evenly in the pan. Bake for 35 minutes then let cool completely. Once cool, cut into bars. These bars keep really well if stored in a airtight container.