Gosh I’m bored of the same old breakfast. I mean, we eat breakfast everyday and it’s usually a steady rotation of pancakes, rice pudding, the occasional oatmeal, and French toast of course but it gets a little monotonous after a while ergo my search for something a little different, nutritious but different.
Can’t remember how, can’t remember when but I stumbled across a few baked oatmeal recipes. I tweaked and I poked and I eventually came up with a version that I was happy with. My big kid loves these soft baked oatmeal breakfast bars, they’re nutritious, they’re hearty and so incredibly versatile. Best part is, they’re also super easy to make.
Recipe: Ingredients to make baked oatmeal breakfast bars.
Here’s a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make these baked oatmeal breakfast bars:
2 cups quick cooking oats (e.g. like regular oatmeal flakes, not that instant stuff)
1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional, you could use raisins if you want)
1 – 2 TBSP ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
2 TBSP butter melted
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups milk
Putting it all together is simple enough.
Combine and mix all dry ingredients in one big bowl.
Then, in separate bowl, combine the melted butter and egg and beat them together.
Add the milk and applesauce and mix it all together. Then, pour the dry mix into the wet stuff.
Next, start mixing the wet and dry ingredients together. I’m not going to lie. It won’t look pretty but it will definitely look like a soggy wet mess. Trust me, that’s a good thing.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Pour the batter into an 8×8 square pan. I don’t like a lot of clean up so I tend to line my pans with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 for 20 -23 minutes. If you don’t have an 8 x 8, you could use a 9 x 9 but you’ll have to adjust the baking times. You’ll know the baked oatmeal breakfast bars are done when you do the toothpick test and it comes out clean. I’ve made it a few times and some days I also wait for the edges to brown a bit, other times, I rely on the toothpick test alone. It may seem a little on the softer side but it’ll firm up as it cools. If you want a firmer bar, you could leave it in the oven after you turn it off. Just make sure you check on them!
These baked oatmeal breakfast bars can be enjoyed cool or warm.
I am so glad I decided to make these baked oatmeal breakfast bars. They are so incredibly easy to make but they’re also really really delicious. I’m not a big fan of regular oatmeal but I love these baked oatmeal breakfast bars. They’re soft, they’re filling and they’re not too sweet. The added sliced almonds also give them a really great crunchy texture. I don’t particularly care for raisins but you could throw a few of them into the mix.
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