I am a porridge fan! It is my favorite cereal in the morning. However, I do not always have the time to make some for myself on busy days. And there is a quick solution for that! Why not prepare oatmeal bars in advance as backup? They taste equally good and are very nourishing. Plus, you can make them crunchier, unlike the porridge.
To me, it feels like visiting a fancy pastry shop whenever I combine oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla. The aroma and flavor are incredible. However, most stuff in those shops is not nourishing for your health. Well, oatmeal is an exception. I don’t know of any other tasty food that does reduce cholesterol. The beta-glucan fibers in the oats communicate with your liver and tell it to take LDL cholesterol out of the blood. Fantastic, isn’t it? But that does not end there. Oats have some unique antioxidants too. For example, they contain avenanthramides, which are powerful antioxidants. What they do is to help your heart with their anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, you get extra protection for your love box.
A quick and healthy breakfast
Here is a quick summary of the health benefits of consuming oatmeal regularly. Add various dried fruits to make it even healthier. The honey and cinnamon in this recipe also provide additional benefits.
- Reduces cholesterol
- Contains minerals, vitamins, and lots of fibers (beta-glucan)
- Feeds the good bacteria in gut
- Eases constipation
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Reduces the risk of colon cancer
- It is good for your heart
Quick oatmeal bars recipe for on-the-go breakfast
This recipe makes about six oatmeal bars. If you want to make a bigger batch, just multiply the ingredients accordingly. Note that I add just a tiny amount of whole wheat flour to this recipe. If you want to make it gluten-free, omit the flour, and reduce the four tablespoons of milk to two tablespoons. Also, use certified gluten-free oats.
I recommend using Pyrex glass mixing bowls for preparing the ingredients. They are also great for making cookie dough. You can use them in the microwave.
Quick Oatmeal Bars for BreakfastCourse: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
1 cup oatmeal
¼ cup sugar (substitute with hone if you prefer)
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons of milk (feel free to replace with nondairy version)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons pecans, crushed
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 tablespoon dried raisins
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
- Separate the liquid and dry ingredients into two bowls.
- Liquids (egg, vanilla, milk), dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, whole wheat flour, crushed pecans, dried cranberries and raisins, cinnamon, sugar, salt)
- Stir and mix the dry ingredients with a spoon.
- Slightly mix the liquid ingredients, and then pour over the dry ingredients.
- Stir once more and let the mixture soak for 15 minutes.
- Place baking paper on the oven tray.
- Place the mixture on the tray and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the mixture gets firmer and golden.
- Sprinkle coconut flakes over the oatmeal bars once they come down to room temperature.
- The baking time might vary depending on the thickness of the mixture on the tray. Make it thinner to speed up the process. Doing so will also make the bars crunchier.
Is oatmeal a good morning breakfast?
Oatmeal is full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. High levels of fiber promote your digestive system, lower blood sugar levels, improve gut health, and make you feel full. Note that oatmeal is gluten-free and contains vitamin E and B. If you do not add sugars, it is a nourishing meal. Add honey or maple syrup if you are not a big oatmeal fan.
How long do oatmeal bars last?
Store oatmeal bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to six days. You can have them warm or cold. They go great with coffee! Oatmeal bars are gluten-free if you do not add flour in the original recipe.