Healthy Breakfast Bars
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!
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 9×13 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.
Let cool in the pan and then cut into the 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?