10.7.2020

Healthy Breakfast Bar

The classic fruit-filled snack is transformed into a healthy breakfast bar recipe. The oat-studded dough is filled with lightly sweetened fruit jam and baked until golden.

naturally sweetened healthy breakfast bar

Breakfast can be a struggle in my house, which is why I created this healthy breakfast bar recipe. Not everyone wants the same thing, and often it becomes a grab n’ go meal.

I’ve always been a light breakfast person myself, with a green smoothie and Rawkstar Coffee to fuel my mornings. My kids, on the other hand, want a different start to the day. That’s where this healthy breakfast bars recipe comes in. Deliciously light + full of protein, these bars are a win-win. 

Freshly baked healthy breakfast bars with homemade jelly.

Store bought vs homemade

Store-bought cereal bars are sugar-heavy, laden with corn syrup, dyes, excess sugars and chemicals. Wellness experts still tell us breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Meanwhile, the food industry loves marketing the worst kinds of ingredients as ‘breakfast food.’

I created this recipe so I could have my cake and eat it too, so to speak. The oatmeal cereal bars of my childhood have ingredients like sugar, dextrose, fructose (all listed in a row), invert sugar, natural flavors, carrageenan, corn syrup, and methyl cellulose. So basically sugar, more sugar, chemicals, and chemical sugar.

Homemade chia jelly to use in breakfast bar recipe

Simple Ingredients for a Healthy Breakfast Bar

Meanwhile, my version not only has pronounceable ingredients, yet it is also loaded with health benefits:

  • rolled oats— most of the carbs in oats come from fiber, so great for digestion, as well as high in Vitamin B1
  • whole wheat flour— whole wheat flour is full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins
  • flaxseed— we love flaxseed for its omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health
  • coconut oil— another healthy fat that the body can quickly turn into energy
  • maple syrup— lower glycemic index than processed sugar, and a more naturally occurring sweetener
  • real fruit filling with no processed sugars, syrups, dyes, thickeners or artificial sweeteners

This specific oatmeal breakfast bar recipe contains 6.2 grams of protein, 6.4 grams of fiber. It also contains 51% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C in each bar. Now that’s a breakfast option I can get behind!

How to Make Healthy Breakfast Bars

I love this healthy breakfast bars recipe because I can make it with almost any fruit I have on hand. I’ve shared several different fruit filling options below, leave a comment letting me know which one you’d like to try the most! You can make them any time of the year, with whatever fruit is fresh. I’d love to try a pumpkin spice version for fall, or maybe one with figs during Christmas time. 

These can also be made ahead of time and frozen, or packed individually for road trips, or family hikes, as they are easy snacks. To make them successfully, make sure you have a good food processor or blender. Also, don’t forget the refrigeration before rolling out and baking; this will literally make or break your bars! 

If you make this oatmeal cereal bar recipe, drop a comment letting me know how it went, and who in your family enjoyed them the most.

Stacked breakfast bars for a healthy treat.

Healthy Breakfast Bar

The classic fruit-filled snack/cereal bar transformed into a healthy breakfast bar recipe. The oat-studded dough is filled with lightly sweetened fruit jam and baked until golden.
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast / Snack
Cuisine: Plant-Based / Vegan
Servings: 8 bars
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Equipment

  • oven

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed, ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2-4 tbsp plant milk, almond, cashew, oat, etc
  • 1 cup fruit filling

Blueberry Fruit Filling:

  • 3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch ground cinnamon

Strawberry Fruit Filling

  • 4 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Filling

  • 2 apples, cored, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Pulse oats in a blender or food processor to break them up. It doesn't need to be a flour, just finely chopped. Add the whole wheat flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and sea salt to food processor. Pulse to combine.
  • In a glass measuring cup, whisk together melted coconut oil honey (or maple syrup), and egg. With food processor running, pour the liquid through the feed hole. Continue processing until the dough comes together. It should be the texture of a sticky cookie dough. If the dough is having a hard time coming together, add a splash of non-dairy milk 1 tbsp at a time until the dough reaches the right consistency. Scrape the sides and bottom of food processor. Pulse again a few times, if needed, to make sure all the ingredients are well-combined.
  • Turn the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Press dough together into a flattened disk. Wrap well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to several days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • To assemble, cut chilled dough in half. Work with one half at a time, keeping the other half wrapped.
  • Roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper into a long rectangle that measures 6 by 12 inches. Trim the edges, press the dough together, and roll again, as needed.
  • Spoon 1/2 cup of the fruit filling horizontally down the center third of the dough. Like folding a letter, carefully and gently fold one third of the dough up over the filling, followed by the other third. If the dough cracks, gently but firmly press it together again so the filling doesn't escape. Cut into 4 equal bars. Transfer to the lined baking sheet. Repeat the process with remaining half of dough.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and baked through. Let cool completely on baking sheet. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week. Will keep longer refrigerated or wrapped well and frozen for several months.
  • To make fruit filling, place fruit into a saucepan with maple syrup or honey, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thickened, 30-60 minutes depending on the type of fruit. Mash the fruit, if desired. Let cool completely before using in recipe.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts use strawberry filling.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg
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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. ELENA says:

    My son has an oat allergy. You think this recipe will work without the oats?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      While we’ve never tried it, you might replace the oats with either almond flour or a 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour in equal measure. You’d def want to replace the oats with something, rather than just leaving them out altogether. Otherwise the consistency of the dough might not work for this recipe. Please let us know what you try so that we can all learn from your wisdom! 🙂

  2. Meredythe Bluitt says:

    I made this recipe but I regretted using the lemon juice in the strawberries. The filling was extremely tart, I had to add sugar to make it edible. I will omit it in my next batch, otherwise this is a good recipe.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Such awesome feedback, Meredythe! It’s so true that a little goes a long way with that lemon juice.

  3. Lj says:

    This looks like n awesome alternative to processed breakfast bars. I usually make jam from frozen fruit and chia seeds. I add a drop or two of stevia if it doesn’t taste sweet enough. Does any one know of a reason that this wouldn’t work? I would hate to waste all of those yummy ingredients. And I understand that I would have to keep them in the refrigerator to prevent mold.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Lj – I make chia seed jam the same way! Using that in these bars would be great. And you are right about refrigerating them after. Great idea!

  4. Sara says:

    The flaxseed meal is not in the preparation directions. Do you add that with the flour? Also after I took my dough out of the fridge it was like a rock. I only used 1 Tbsp of Almond milk and forgot the flaxseed meal, could that be the problem? It took a lot of work and time to get it soft enough to roll out. A video tutorial on how to make this would be really helpful. Thanks for the healthy snack recipe!!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Sara – Great catch! The flaxseed meal should be added at the same time as the whole wheat flour, baking powder and sea salt. The recipe does call for 2-4 Tbsps of almond milk, so with only using 1 Tbsp, that would def account for the dough not turning out as expected. As you are initlally mixing the dough, be sure to add up to the 4 Tbsps of milk if it needs. Then continue adding additional liquid if it’s not coming together to form the ‘sticky cookie dough’ consistency as described.

  5. Jessica says:

    These remind me of a store-bought breakfast bar I used to love but healthier. Definitely going to make them soon!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Awesome! Let us know what you think after you make them! 🙂

  6. Kat says:

    Our daughters have so many food sensitivities and allergies that it’s hard to find store-bought things they can have. Cereal bars were one of the things they missed the most. Can’t wait to try making these for them! Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad we could help you with an alternative to something they love that they can actually eat!

  7. Kim says:

    One of my favorite on-the-go breakfasts! Yum!

  8. Amanda says:

    I was nervous to make this recipe the first time, but it was so worth it!

  9. Erin says:

    Just added the ingredients for this recipe to the shopping list, hoping to make them over the weekend. Wish me luck!

  10. Beth says:

    How could you make these GF? Just sub all purpose GF flour (like King Authur), or would you use oat flour, or something else?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Beth! I was wondering the same thing. I think using an all-purpose GF flour would be the way to go. And I happen to have some of the King Arthur in my pantry so it’s what I’m going to use when I make these. Check back in and let us know what you used and how it went!

  11. Dani Mitchell says:

    I decided to make these over the weekend and was a little intimidated going into it. Yet they turned out pretty good and I love that I know exactly what’s in them! I used strawberry jam, but I might try one with nutella just to indulge a little 🙂

  12. Jovelette says:

    Hi there,
    A video of making this would have been so cool. Like a tutorial.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      That’s a great idea! Next time I do a video shoot, maybe we can squeeze this in. It would be a cool video. 🙂

    • Jovelette says:

      Thanks a mil. Would appreciate that

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