Meal-Prep Granola Breakfast Bars are great for those mornings when you need to grab something as you are headed out the door.
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 weekday.
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 workweek.
This meal-prep breakfast granola bar 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 eyeball 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 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 me to have a little almond milk to wash it all down.
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Homemade Granola Bars
- 1.5 Cups Rolled Oats
- 1 Cup slivered/chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 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 pan and heat over low heat until the mixture is hot
- Add the toasted oats, toasted almonds, and the blueberries
- Mix very well
- Line a 9×9 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)