Mom’s Best Breakfast Bars

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Submitted by: Kelley

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 30 mins
  • Serves: 20

Mom's Best Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup skim milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp sugar and 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional, see note)

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Stir in coconut oil until well incorporated.* Stir vanilla extract into milk in measuring cup before adding into mixture. Add to bowl. Gently knead dough a few times. Place dough onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Roll out into a rectangle approximately 1/2″ thick. Slice into 20 bars. Bake for 15-17 minutes.

*Working with coconut oil can be a little tricky. It is an oil at temps greater than 76* and a solid at cooler temps. I refrigerate my oil so it is a solid when I use it for this recipe. I mix my dry ingredients and oil with my sure it is totally mixed in. You can use it in liquid form and stir the ingredients with a spatula or spoon and get hands, making the mixture crumbly. The heat from my hands softens the coconut oil and I am able to make the same effect.

**To give this recipe a more dessert/cookie feel, LIGHTLY sprinkle the top of the bars with cinnamon sugar.

 

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3 Responses to “Mom’s Best Breakfast Bars”

  1. Avatar for Kelley
    Kelley October 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I forgot to mention…..Vegan option use almond or soy milk

  2. Avatar for Janette
    Janette October 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Kelley,

    What kind of flour works best for this recipe?

    Thanks!
    Janette

  3. Avatar for Jenn
    Jenn October 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    @Janette – I used bread flour (unbleached) for the batch in the picture. I have also used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 bread flour and had good results. I’ve tried using all whole wheat flour, but with the addition of seeds, nuts, and coconut flakes it made the bars too dry and dense. After you make them, you can freeze them and just pull one or two out in the morning and by mid-morning snack time, it will be perfectly thawed. Of course you can also just microwave it for 20-30 seconds too. My daughter and the ladies I work with love it when I make these, I usually do not have many left over to freeze unless I make a double batch. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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