These granola breakfast bars are the answer to my breakfast riddle. I am the kind of guy who would rather sleep an extra 15-30 minutes than eat breakfast, so I rarely eat breakfast on a week day. These meal-prep granola breakfast bars are my answer to the question, “what should I eat for breakfast?”
My wife and I have been on a meal prep-Sunday kick here lately. This recipe is great for folks who are looking for meal-prep recipes. This recipe can be easily and quickly made Sunday evening in preparation for the work week.
This granola recipe is also infinitely tweak-able. The only ingredient that needs to remain constant in this recipe is the rolled oats. There are only four other ingredients and substitutions are highly encouraged. The four remaining ingredients are: honey, almonds, peanut butter, and dried blueberries. Substitutions for the honey include: maple syrup (the real stuff), molasses (might be a little bitter, but would add some southern charm), or agave syrup. Almonds can be substituted with peanuts or just about any nut. Almond butter would be a great substitution for the peanut butter. And finally, just about any dried fruit can be used in place of the blueberries. I love dried blueberries, so that’s my preferred dried fruit. The flexibility in ingredients is great for anyone who has diet restrictions and for just making these on the fly without hitting up the grocery store.
Not having to be exact with ingredients is another great feature of this recipe. Just eye balls things pretty roughly and you’ll end up with a great final product.
I also made this recipe for calorie restricted diets. As the new years rolls around, I will be getting back onto my calorie counting routine. I normally aim for 500 calories for breakfast, but the serving sizes can be easily calculated and adjusted for for any diet. The recipe below calls for cutting the final product into 6 bars, which are about 430 calories each. This is perfect for me and still allows for me to have a little almond milk to wash it all down.
Place rolled oats and almonds on baking dish
Bake rolled oats and almonds in a 350 degree oven and toast for 15 minutes
Place honey and peanut butter into a metal bowl and heat over low heat until the mixture is hot
Add the toasted oats, toasted almonds, and the blueberries
Mix very well
Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and flatten
Using a smooth cup or spatula, tightly compress
Let the granola bars cool in the fridge for about an hour
Cut into desired size pieces (I prefer six large granola bars)
This recipe divided into 6 bars pieces yields bars with 430 calories 9 bars, 290 calories 12 bars, 217 calories
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