You might remember my post from a couple of weeks ago when I shared a healthy brownie recipe. The bake was a success and it really helped me to find a sweet snack alternative, stopping from eating quite so much chocolate during the week. In last week’s post I mentioned I was looking for an easy recipe for healthy breakfast option that kept me away from my usual cereal with milk and I think I’ve found one!
Healthy Breakfast Bars Recipe and Method
I found this recipe on the Olive Magazine website and made a few small alterations to suit the ingredients I had at home. The beauty of a no bake recipe is that you can add and remove things to suit your tastes, as you know they won’t mess up the finished product!
- soft dates 160g, chopped
- smooth peanut or almond butter 60g
- honey or agave syrup 40g
- sunflower seeds 4 tbsp
- chia seeds 4 tbsp
- porridge oats 100g
- roasted peanuts or almonds 50g, roughly chopped
1.Blitz the dates in a food processor until finely chopped and they’ve come together into a ball/paste. Add 1 tbsp boiling water if they aren’t sticking. Heat the nut butter and honey very gently in a pan until it becomes a smooth, pourable mix.
2. Stir all the remaining ingredients and the dates in a large bowl, then pour over the nut butter and honey mix. Mix really well (kneading with your hands to break up the dates) until everything is evenly distributed.
3. Line a 20cm square tin or container with baking parchment, and tip the mix in. Press the mixture into the sides and pack down with the back of a spoon. Cover and chill for 20 minutes, before cutting into bars. Keep the bars in the fridge or in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze and thaw overnight at room temperature if you want to keep them longer.
The first thing I love about this recipe is that it’s unbelievably easy. Throw everything together and pop it in the fridge. Done! The second thing is that you can make enough in one batch to last you the week. A bit of effort on Sunday means no effort at all Monday to Friday. This is exactly what I needed as I often opt for a lazy, ie unhealthy breakfast otherwise.
Finally, and best of all, the bars are really filling. When you are trying to be healthy, the last thing you want to do is reach for a snack an hour after breakfast. Eating one bar in the morning can take me all the way through to lunch and on days when I have a bigger appetite a piece of fruit suffices.