Balanced, wholesome and clean, meet these yummy Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. They’ll become your newest healthy breakfast addiction!
These superfood bars are perfect for those times when just a smoothie won’t cut it or for the days when you’re totally bored of oatmeal. With chia seeds, hemp seeds, whole grain oats and even a scoop of plant based protein powder (this berry protein powder is my FAVE) they’re filling with high-quality fiber, plant protein, good omega’s, lots of vitamins and minerals.
Nutritionally balanced and super nourishing, they’ll give you sustained energy until lunch. Perfect, no?
Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, they are superfood bars you can feel good about. A little morning pick-me-up homemade bar! Can also be a yummy snack or pre/post-workout bite too. I love to make a batch while meal prepping on Sunday; they can be refrigerated for up to one week. YUM!
Since my snack bar obsession has gotten a little out of control, I figured it was time to start making my own bars at home. I don’t know what took me so long?! They turned out wayyyy easier than anticipated. The plus side? You get to control ALL of the ingredients and the level of sweetness. I love Larabars but some of them can be overly sweet and taste more like a candy bar… nothing wrong with that (!!) but I’m not trying to get a sugar buzz first thing in the morning, ya kno?
So for this recipe, I used brown rice syrup which is slightly less sweet than actual sugar, thicker than agave nectar and works as a cheaper alternative to pure maple syrup which tends to be pricy. They’re naturally sweetened with mashed banana, applesauce and cinnamon as well.
Eating oats for breakfast will give you the strength to power through your day, help stabilize blood sugar levels, fill you up with high quality whole food fiber and provide balanced plant protein. Add superfood chia seeds and hemp seeds to the mix and you’re golden. Last minute, I decided to sprinkle on some crushed almonds for extra crunch, but feel free to omit those if you want to keep them nut-free or you can switch it up with whatever you have on hand such as sunflower seeds, walnuts or pecans.
You are going to love love love these yummy breakfast bars! Especially when your kitchen smells like a bakery. Mmmmm!
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil (not melted)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 scoop plant based protein powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup crushed almonds (or any kind of nut)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9in square pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with nonstick spray or coconut oil.
- In a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, mix the banana, brown rice syrup, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix in the oats, protein powder, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Mixture will be wet. Transfer the base layer into the square pan. Smooth it out with a spatula and press down evenly. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
- In the same mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping layer until well combined. Remove the pan from oven.
- Pour topping layer over and spread it out evenly, pressing it down into the base layer with a spatula. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Allow the bars to cool and set for 15-20 minutes before slicing the squares. Store in refrigerator.