Thursday, August 29, 2013

Healthy Breakfast Bars - That REALLY do taste yummy!

In our house, we call these "Toby Bars."  They are actually a high protein breakfast bar recipe that my daughter obtained from a family for whom she babysits.  The family calls them "Toby Bars" to get their little one to eat them. :)  They are a version of Girl Power bars but with lots of modifications.



Ingredients:  Oats (quick or old fashioned - I've used both), Walnuts, Flaxseed, Wheat Germ, Puffed Cereal (you know like Honey Smacks without the sugar and honey), Dried Fruit (any kinds), Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar, Honey and Vanilla

(Notice the jar of honey? It's from the local Amish stores :)

Note:  If you don't have flaxseed or wheat germ, leave them out and add few extra oats :)  This recipe is very forgiving!

Add all of the dry ingredients...

I used about 1/2 cup of dried mixed berries and 1/2 cup dried blueberries - because this is what hubby bought at the store. :o)

Stir all the dry ingredients.

Add the brown sugar, honey and peanut butter to your pan.

Stop, don't forget to spray a 9x13 pan before you melt the ingredients.  Once it is melted, you move somewhat quickly - but not as quickly as Rice Krispie bars.

Stir for a few minutes.

It doesn't take long to get bubbly.  Then you're done. Add the vanilla after you remove it from the heat.

Pour it over your dry mixture and stir.

This is what it will look like.

Pour it into your pan and spread out.

Pat it firmly.

I usually refrigerate for a little while, then cut into different sized bars in case someone isn't that hungry. (Oh, okay, I can't cut straight to save my life.)  I wrap mine in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator.

Grab and go!
Recipe:
2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped walnut 
(Yep, I used the leftover chopped walnuts from the meatless meatballs found HERE)
2 Tablespoons flaxseed
4 Tablespoons wheat germ
2 cups unsweetened puffed cereal
1 cup total dried fruits
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky - add a little extra if using chunky)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Truth be told is that I absolutely love these bars.  However, I seem to have developed an intolerance for honey, syrup, invert sugars.  Not sure why, I just feel like I'm coming down with something but don't.  Anyone else experience that?

Anyway...What do YOU usually eat for breakfast?  

Leave a comment below!  

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~Shelly


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18 comments:

  1. I usually have a yogurt , kashi oatmeal , fresh fruit , protein drink and btl water. Ur bars sound like a ghost ood addition to my breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. These sound great, but a nut allergy...What could you use instead of peanutbutter?

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    1. Thank you for visiting with me. Please check out the post above this one for your answer: http://www.whatisshellyuptonow.com/2013/08/peanut-butter-substitute.html

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    2. Almond butter is a great substitute for peanut butter

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  3. Thank you for visiting with me. Please check out the post above this one for your answer: http://www.whatisshellyuptonow.com/2013/08/peanut-butter-substitute.html

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  4. These look great. I'm considering making these to take on a long road trip, but I have a few questions. Do they need to stay refrigerated? How early can you make them in advance and/or freeze them ahead of time? Thank you for sharing and can't wait to try these!

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  5. They last us about a week. They wouldn't have to be refrigerated either! Should work well for a road trip! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  6. Thank you for this great recipe. I omit the sugar and just sweeten with rice malt syrup and my 1 year old enjoys them at snack time. I can whip up a batch in no time, such a versatile recipe that you can jam pack with healthy ingredients, :) Diana

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  7. These look great. Cant wait to try the recipe this weekend. I am always trying to get my significant other to eat breakfast. He never has time. This will work well for him in the morning. We are trying to stay away from processed foods.

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  8. This weekend i made some. But however do you know the nutritional facts for one bar? This would help me tremendously.

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    1. I'm terribly sorry that I don't have that information.

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  9. You could probably enter the recipe at My Fitness Pal and you would get the nutritional info on these bars. I can't wait to try them!

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  10. These look great!! I love to make homemade goodies. Can I use fresh fruit like berries and bananas instead of dried?

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  11. These are SO amazing. I am about to make it for the second time. I tweaked it a little bit with much more nuts, seeds, dried cranberries and other dried fruits. My husband loves them as a quick snack between meals and for breakfast dipped in yoghurt.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe! :)

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  12. I'm super sensitive to honey and other syrups. Its a fructose intolerance, which means simple chains sugars like white table sugar and maple syrup are fine, but honey, agave, and high fructose corn syrup make me mad crazy bloated. Check out fodmap intolerances and see if it matches your symptoms. Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. I'm super sensitive to honey and other syrups. Its a fructose intolerance, which means simple chains sugars like white table sugar and maple syrup are fine, but honey, agave, and high fructose corn syrup make me mad crazy bloated. Check out fodmap intolerances and see if it matches your symptoms. Thanks for the recipe!

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