I have to admit, I didn't make these for you (it's not because I don't love you!). Ok I DID have on the list, "Something easy for breakfast" (as that's one of the things you all asked for at the beginning of the year)-- this wasn't what I had planned on making! Alas, I was searching for a delicious and easy breakfast option for my husband, who tends to skip breakfast in favor of one to four incredibly nutrient-dense (not) mug(s) of coffee (at least we buy fair trade organic). Then he has a blood sugar/caffeine crash around 10am, and feels like something you'd find in my two year old's diaper (at least until we're done potty training 🤞🏼). I made these, he fell in love, told me they were SO good (he added extra peanut butter to the top, most days) and I asked him-- "Good enough to share?". And though I only got a few small bites of the first two tests because my family DEVOURED them (I consider that a win!), I'm sharing these deliciously simple, baked breakfast bars with you.
Deliciously Simple Baked Breakfast Bars
Makes 1 8x8" pan- cut as you desire
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup flour of choice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar works, too)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
zest of 1 orange (optional)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
oil as needed
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, whisk oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt and coconut sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk peanut butter, honey, eggs, and orange zest if using.
4. Mix dry into wet until a thick batter forms. Stir in seeds and fruit.
5. Grease an 8x8" bakig dish. Pour batter in and spread evenly.
6. Bake in oven 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool before slicing and serving.