Recipe of the Week – Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Recipe of the Week – Blueberry Breakfast Bars

You guys! I am so excited about this week’s recipe – it was a slam dunk for me. Not only did KE member Marganne Russell bring me a sample bar when she sent me the recipe, it was probably the easiest recipe I’ve made yet! My one recommendation is to buy ingredients in the bulk section if you can. That way, you only have to buy as much as you need, it saves you cost wise and you don’t have to store a bunch of open bags of nuts (I learned this the hard way when the bag of pistachios fell out of my cupboard the next day!). This recipe makes quite a few bars  and since they need to be stored in the freezer, they last a while. Perfect for grab and go in the morning, or for an afternoon snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Rolled oats
  • ¾ cup Whole Almonds
  • ½ heaping cup Dried Blueberries
  • ½ cup Pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup Walnuts
  • 1/3 cup Pepitas (Google told me this meant pumpkin seeds)
  • ¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • ¼ cup Applesauce
  • 1 cup Almond Butter

ingredients

First, I mixed the oats, nuts, and blueberries together in a bowl.

nuts  nuts-closeup

Then, I mixed in the maple syrup and applesauce.

nuts-mixed  nuts-mixed-closeup

Next, I added the almond butter! I tried for a second to mix everything with a spoon, but quickly realized that my hands worked better.

almond-butter  everything-mixed

After those 3 easy steps, I was ready to put the mixture into the pan. I used my hands to press everything down evenly and to make sure all the corners were filled. The pan sat in the freezer for about 1-2 hours until the bars were solid.

bars-in-pan

Once the bars were ready to cut, I just lifted the edges of the parchment paper and cut the square into four long pieces, and then cut each 1/4 in half. In retrospect, I should have cut the square into 1/8’s and then cut them in half because each bar ended up huge!

pre-cut-bars cut-bars

These bars have to live in the freezer, so I wrapped each bar individually in wax paper and then put all the bars in a ziplock bag.

bagged-bars

This recipe was easy to make, delicious to eat, and fast to grab on the way to work in the morning! I will definitely make these bars again. What are your favorite quick breakfast recipes? You guys know I’m the worst at eating breakfast and can always use some new ideas. Leave your favorite in the comments!

Happy Cooking!

Libby