Hi there! So, who loves oatmeal for breakfast! *raises hand and gestures wildly* Omigosh, oatmeal is such a great way to start your day. And there are just so many ways that you can serve it! You can cook it up right on the spot, cook it overnight in your crockpot, mix it with yogurt and/or milk and put it in the fridge overnight and you can even bake it into bars! Oh, and there’s always cookies. I heart oatmeal cookies! But I digress…
Baked oatmeal has been feeding families for generations! It has a completely different flavor profile and texture than regular oatmeal and you can’t even really replicate it with crockpot oats. It’s a little denser and chewier than regular oatmeal and the top gets a little crusty and crumbly while the bottom soaks up all those delicious spices and flavors! All you need to do is scoop out a good serving and plop it onto a plate and top to your heart’s content.
Don’t have time for a plate? That’s okay. Toss it into a zipper top bag or wrap it up in plastic wrap and get on with your busy self. Baked oatmeal bars are highly portable!
So, a while ago, I snagged a container of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and I’ve been using the heck out of it in my coffee and smoothie bowls. I’ve been trying to figure out how to inject it into my baking and these Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars were just the ticket. Of course, if you prefer, you can certainly use your favorite protein powder (as long as it’s tasteless or vanilla flavored. not sure how well chocolate would work here…) to pump up the protein factor in these bars. Or, if that’s not your thing, leave it out. You do you, boo.
These bars come together quickly, don’t take very long to bake, and are just packed with goodness. AND, they have very little sugar! A scant 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar and some mashed banana are all that sweeten these bars and you certainly don’t need much more than that.
These baked blueberry oatmeal bars are the perfect healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack! #recipes Click To Tweet
What I love the most about these bars is they don’t have to just be for breakfast. Got hungry kids after school or you need something to power through that afternoon meeting? These bars are super satisfying and will keep both you AND the kids going for hours!