Healthy Breakfast Bars

by Merissa on May 13, 2013

in Recipes

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Breakfast is a very important but oft neglected meal. It kick starts your metabolism and gives you the burst of energy you need to begin the day properly. Your body has just gone 10+ hours without food or water, it needs to be nourished! However, many people are simply not interested in breakfast, including my husband. While I have a difficult time even making coffee without something in my stomach first, he finds the idea of eating that early unbearable (unless its bacon and eggs, but really, who could resist that?).

My mission has been to create a healthy, compact ‘meal’ that my darling husband could both tolerate eating and grab quickly before work.

I wanted it to be filling enough to get him through to lunch, but not so much as to prevent his eating it in the first place. It needed protein and ample nutrients, with a sturdy enough structure to allow one-handed noshing. These breakfast bars fit the bill perfectly! They are wholesome and not too sweet. The recipe is also easily adaptable, for those times when you need to empty out those odds and ends from the pantry. Use your favorite dried fruit and whatever puree you have on hand. I typically use canned pumpkin, but you could easily substitute carrots, sweet potato, or squash. I like to throw in some ground flax seed for the omega-3s, but you could also use ground chia seeds or wheat germ. Chopped toasted walnuts or almonds would add a nice crunch as well as protein and important minerals like magnesium. Experiment with your favorites!

Oh, and my husband said these could be served as a dessert when topped with cream cheese frosting, and I think that sounds delicious!

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Healthy Breakfast Bars

This recipe can also be used for muffins or baked in a loaf pan. You will need to adjust the baking time accordingly- it should take about the same time for muffins, but a loaf will take anywhere from 20-30 minutes longer.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup coconut oil or unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the coconut oil or butter until light and smooth. Add the honey and beat until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the flaxseed, pumpkin puree, and zest. Mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture. Increase speed to medium for a scant minute. Fold in the raisins.

Spread the batter in your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.

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Let cool in the pan and then cut into desired size. Store in an airtight container for a week or so.

Want another breakfast idea? Try the Best Homemade Granola!

Do you make healthy breakfast bars? What is your recipe?

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1 Mark May 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I’d soak the flour to get rid of the anti nutrients, but other then that, looks good!

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2 tameka June 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Please don’t consider this a silly questions/comment, but please describe your flour soaking procedure for me? Would it be the same as soaking nuts?
Thank you!

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3 Merissa June 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Tameka, we actually have a recipe for soaked/sprouted flour here on Little House Living if you are interested! How to Make Sprouted Flour

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4 Trudy Peck May 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Many times, meals made at home are healthier than what you will get from a restaurant, or from a box. Pre-made meals are often in high in sodium and high fructose corn syrup. It’s an indirect savings, but it’s possible to save money on health care costs when you make healthier eating choices. Good health can mean less illness, as well as help you avoid many chronic conditions. While healthy eating won’t guarantee that you will never have health costs, you can reduce some of what you end up paying when you make healthy foods at home.

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5 Madalyn McArthur May 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

These sound so good! Definitely going to try them!

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6 Kathyinozarks October 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

This recipe looks really delicious and I like the healthier ingredients in this too-thanks Kathy

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7 Steph October 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

Oh My! My family just devoured this whole pan! They are fantastic!!! I used the coconut oil instead of butter and looooovvvvve the flavor. We did everything else just the same as your recipe and it was perfect. I will be making this a lot this fall and winter. Good thing I have so many sugar pumpkins to cook up.

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8 Kerry April 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Thanks, Merissa. I’ve been looking for something like this. I have trouble eating in the morning. I’m diabetic so I’d need more protein to avoid blood sugar spiking; maybe I’d add another egg and the nuts you mentioned. Sprouted wheat flour is my preference, too.

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9 Starla J April 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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10 Michelle August 31, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Ah ha. I just happen to have all the ingredients. It looks like a great back to school breakfast too.

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11 Pamela August 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Pumpkin and raisins–what could go wrong?!! The sure look good and my husband will so agree with yours! Eager to try them.

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12 Elizabeth Spencer August 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm

So many things I love (flaxseed, pumpkin, coconut oil) all in one bar. I often take snacks to eat en route and am thinking these would make a sweet substitute for store-bought “breakfast bars.” 🙂 Thank you for sharing on Great Idea Thursdays, which is where I found you!

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13 Marie August 7, 2015 at 10:06 am

This looks yummy! I’m going to try it with a non-wheat flour like brown rice. Thanks for sharing I’m always on the lookout for easy, pick-up breakfasts. Blessings to you and yours! Marie

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14 Theresa @DearCreatives August 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

I bet this is yummy. Perfect for with coffee or tea in the fall. Pinned & shared. thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party! Hope to see you again soon.

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15 Jake Tyler November 16, 2016 at 9:12 pm

I love all the healthy treats for breakfast!!! These bars look yummy! Love it!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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