Monday, May 7, 2012

Healthy Breakfast Bars

Luckily Lily let me sleep until FIVE:30 today!
Maybe you're confused that I put 5:30 AM and LUCKY in the same sentence?
Well, compared to my wake up call at the crack of 4:30 every day the past 2 weeks I'm feeling great :)
Which means I woke up ready to bake... before the coffee was even done!
(I try to be upset about our new morning routine, but this face is impossible to be mad at... and I think she already know it.)

By the way, many of you probably never knew me before I was a mama,
but for those of you who did... 5:30 A.M and I'm jumping for joy and full of energy???
Mamahood is weird. That's all I've got to say about that.

Something you might just be interested in:
The recipe for these way-too-delicious-to-be-as-healthy-as-they-really-are breakfast bars.   

(They're not much to look at but they really are tasty and FILLING.)

We're in the process of cutting WAY back on sugar around here.
I know. You're soooo surprised that we eat way way way too many sweets at my house...
Seeing as I post about cookies, cupcakes, or cakes every other day.
But I believe it's becoming a problem.
As in, we do not have enough money to replace our entire wardrobes if we get too fat for our clothes.
These are totes sugar free, with just a dash of agave.
Lily loooooves them.
Hunter and I love that they have no oil or butter and they're still really tasty (and super filling).
Also they're really quick to whip up so go ahead!

Healthy Breakfast Bars
(My recipe is a modified version of this one, which my sis-in-law made the other day and won me over with.)

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 TBSP agave nectar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup+ 2 TB plain soy or coconut milk
1/4 cup flax meal + 3 TB warm water
1 1/2  large mashed bananas (3/4 cup)
1/4 cup peanut butter (we love crunchy)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flax + water and let set a few minutes until "goopy".

Mix together the quick cooking oats, baking powder, kosher salt and ground cinnamon.
Add in the vanilla extract, milk and flax "egg" and agave. Mix the ingredients together.
Then add in the mashed banana and peanut butter. Combine all of the ingredients.
Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 8 by 8 inch metal baking pan.

Bake for 20 minutes.
Cut into squares and enjoy!


  1. i know how you feel! my 6 week old started sleeping the entire night as of a week ago. feeling so much more refreshed now with more sleep ;-) but when she did wake me up every 3 hours i also tried to be mad but as soon as i seen her lil cute pouty lips (cry face) i would just smile because she's too darn cute. yes mamahood can be very weird ;-)

    love the breakfast bars they look yummy

  2. These bars sound delicious! I think I will pick up some agave and give them a try! I hear your pain on cutting back on sugar... It's so hard.

    Lily is so adorable!! xoxo!



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