Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For the love of breakfast.

Breakfast.  As they say, it is the most important meal of the day.  As much as I would love to serve up a hot meal at the crack of dawn each morning, I don't exactly foresee that happening.  (Mom, I have no earthly clue how you were able to accomplish such a feat!) 

"Big Breakfast Day" is a delicacy reserved for Saturday mornings... a special treat to celebrate the end to our week.

I am always on the lookout for new ideas to simplify our morning routine and get a quick, healthy breakfast in all those growling tummies!

One of my favorite staples are these healthy breakfast bars, a simple granola-type bar that takes about 5 minutes to mix together and a little longer to wrap up.  They are super portable and perfect for grabbing on-the-go!  I always stuff a couple in my handbag when heading out, because no matter where we are, or how recently they have eaten, one of my sweet little girls will... be... hungry. 

The bars are rich in protein and just sweet enough that you will forget they are good for you!  My kids gobble them up like crazy.  (I form them in a round patty shape so my little ones call them "cookies!")  I have been making the bars for several years now and I could never go back to eating a store-bought granola bar.  They don't even come close!

I always double or triple this recipe and keep our freezer stocked with these treats! 






Breakfast Bars (EASY!)

2 ½ c. old fashioned or quick oats
½ c. whole flax seed
¼ c. dark cocoa powder or ½ c. semisweet chocolate chips (organic is best!)
½ c. natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
½ c. honey
½ - 1 c. HOT water


1. Stir ingredients together. (If adding chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder, add them last so they don’t melt too much.)
2. Form into individual sized patties, like hamburgers. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in freezer or fridge. OR press mixture into a 13 x 9 pan and chill in freezer for about 20 minutes. Cut evenly into squares and wrap in plastic wrap.


Makes about 16


Note:  I prefer using the chocolate chips over the cocoa powder, simply due to the fact that I have small children.  The dark cocoa powder can be a brown gooey mess in those little hands!  Preserving my own sanity...

Note, Part Deux:  To quickly (and cleanly!) form the patties, place a big heaping tablespoon of mixture on plastic wrap.  Double wrap over the top of the mixture and mash down with the heel of your hand.  Finish wrapping tightly.

For a downloadable/printable copy of this recipe and many more, visit my Recipes page.




As always... serve with coffee.
This post is a part of Simple Lives Thursday , Fresh Bites Friday , Make Your Own! Monday and Healthy 2Day Wednesday.

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9 comments:

  1. DEFINITELY DELICIOUS!! I make these from time to time and Kaleb absolutely LOVES them!!

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  2. Sounds yummy. will have to try. Thanks.

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  3. That sounds great! I'm trying to get my hubs away from breakfast cereal (the gluten... the extrusion... ahh) and I think he'll like these a lot.

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  4. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    My kids would love these :)

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  5. I love your "About Me" - coffee, life, and the Creator of both. Awesome! And thanks for joining our Flu-Fighting Foods link-up. We're featuring green tea recipes tomorrow; love to see you there!

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  6. Thank you, Anne. I'll be checking back in with you. Love green tea!

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  7. Just made these today with almond butter instead of peanut butter and ground flax seeds instead of whole and still turned out awesome!! Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. Holly, that sounds wonderful! I bet they are awesome with almond butter, too. I may have to try that sometime...

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  9. We really enjoyed this recipe! The kids loved them and I found the flavor surprisingly rich and satisfied my taste for something sweet. Bonus that the ingredients are items I always have on hand. Nice with coffee!

    Very easy to make. I used cocoa powder and ground flax seed. Next time I might try adding some coconut oil and shredded coconut.

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