No flour, no refined sugar, and bursting with blueberry flavor…these Blueberry Oat Breakfast Bars are a perfect grab and go breakfast!
I’ve had a really rough time getting back in the swing of ‘real life’ ever since we’ve been back. Apparently I got pretty used to our daily routine of “get up, break camp, hike all day, make camp, go to sleep” followed by a couple days of “wake up, drink wine, eat lots of food, go to sleep.” Did you notice how there was no “do laundry, clean up the kitchen, deep clean the bathroom, do the dishes, take care of the yard, or run errands” on those daily routines? Yeah, it’s been a tough transition.
Another thing I’ve had a difficult time getting back into is cooking for the blog. I’ve done quite a bit of cooking in the past week just for the enjoyment of being in the kitchen, but I’ve had no motivation and have felt sort of uninspired to make anything for the blog. I tried really hard not to freak out about it and just let myself find my way back into it because I don’t want to force myself to do something that I love and I also don’t want my posts to seem forced.
I finally felt inspired on Sunday afternoon, between cooking dinner for a neighbor and prepping our own dinner, when I eyed a colander full of fresh blueberries hand picked by my in-laws and suddenly felt the urge to bake. I’ve been trying to cut a lot of sugar out of my daily diet since we returned from our trip, so I opted for something healthy. These bars ended up so healthy I could eat them for breakfast and feel good about it but could still be an acceptable dessert.
The ingredients are short and simple, and include no flour and no refined sugars. I used just a little bit of honey to sweeten the bars and then oats, chopped almonds, and flaxseed to bulk them up. At the end I threw in a heaping cup of fresh blueberries.
The texture of the bars is pretty dense from all of the oats, with a bit of crunch from the almonds and some bursts of sweetness from the blueberries. These are just perfect for a grab-n-go breakfast and can be eaten straight from the pan (stored in the refrigerator) or pop ’em in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them back up. I’m thinking they would also do well individually wrapped and frozen.
I had my first one with a smear of butter (um, YUM) and my second with some almond butter on top (double yum), and I think peanut butter or some jam would be nice too. Of course, they are delicious on their own, too!
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup whole flaxseed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease 8x8" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In medium bowl, combine oats, almonds, flax, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well to combine.
- In smaller bowl, whisk together the honey, vanilla, egg, and milk until completely combined.
- Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Fold in blueberries.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let cool completely.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
- Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.