I catch a glimpse of the time as I swat at the obnoxious noise coming from my alarm clock. That can’t be right…I overslept again?
Quickly I rush around to wake up kids and make sure they have everything they need. Backpacks. A packed lunch. Clothes for gym class. Oh, and breakfast.
Some mornings, breakfast on the go is the only way to make it all work. Those are the mornings I’m thankful that I made oatmeal breakfast bars.
A Yummy, Frugal Snack
These easy oatmeal breakfast bars are great for life on the go. It’s one of our family’s favorite snacks for trips.
But they aren’t just perfect for rushed mornings. I also love this recipe because it’s another frugal way to use up leftover fruits and yogurt that got shoved to the back of the fridge.
You can create your own flavors based on what you have on hand. Chop up that apple with the bad spot and toss it in. Sprinkle the blueberries that were just a bit sour. Or mix in a variety of berries that no one is eating.
Another thing that makes this recipe versatile is that you can use frozen fruits. It’s so easy to change up to meet your needs!
Or, change the flavor by using a flavored cup of yogurt. For some reason, we often have an extra cup of strawberry yogurt that no one wants. When it nears or is just past the “best by” date, I put together some breakfast bars.
And those yogurt cups and fruit that the kids didn’t want? Now they’re breakfast bars that the same kids happily chow down on.
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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
This recipe is so easy. Mix it up, dump it, spread it out, and bake it. It’s my kind of baking!
I like to mix my first ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Next, I put my dry ingredients into a 4 cup measuring cup and stir them.
It’s a breeze to add the dry ingredients to the wet, and it’s fewer dishes to clean. (Gotta love it!)
Then you’ll add your oats and special ingredients. Like raisins? Want to use up leftover fruit? Add whatever you works best. A little or a lot depending on what you have on hand.
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Or, you can follow the actual recipe below.
- ¾ c brown sugar
- ½ c granulated sugar
- 1 c yogurt (plain, vanilla, or whatever flavor you have that complements your fruit)
- 1 egg
- 2 T applesauce or butter
- 2 T milk
- 1 t vanilla
- 1½ c flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t cinnamon
- ¼ t salt
- 3 c oats
- 1 c fruit (raisins, chopped apples, berries, whatever you have on hand)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl, mix sugars, yogurt, egg, applesauce, milk, and vanilla.
- In a smaller bowl (or a 4 c measuring cup), combine flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
- Mix in oats and fruit.
- Pour into ungreased 13x9 pan. Spread to cover.
- Bake 30 minutes or until golden.
- Cut into bars once cool.
This easy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars recipe is a hit with our family. I’m sure yours will love it, too.
Add it to your menu plan and save some time and money at the grocery store.
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What’s your favorite oatmeal flavor combination?