Oatmeal is one of my favorite meals to make for breakfast. I mean, look at all of my breakfast creations using oats here, here, and here. It provides the perfect canvas not only for creative animal shapes and faces but for flavors as well. There are days, however, where waiting for the oatmeal to boil (even though Quaker now has an awesome Gluten Free Quick 1-minute Oats option, which is actually what is inside these breakfast bars) and washing the dishes are just not on my list of things to do for crazy-filled mornings. Seriously, sometimes washing the dishes are the worst. That is why these homemade Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are the perfect way to get your serving of oats for the day without the hassle and mess. Bake them the night before, lightly warm them up, and grab-and-go out the door with your coffee in tow. It’s oatmeal on the go, without the bowl!
Made with good-for-you ingredients, these breakfast bars make for an ultra hearty meal on-the-go for the busy mom and family. They make a great base for any other additions you want to throw in there like dried fruit, different nuts and seeds, shredded coconut, even chocolate chips! The kicker? They are lightly sweetened, using bananas as the main source of sugar, making them a heart-healthy choice for your family’s breakfast.
Do note that because there is no oil in this recipe and bananas are used as a binder, these bars have the texture most like a chewy granola bar, with a denser bite and softer center. It’s what oatmeal would taste like if they came in bar form. Oh wait, they do…THESE!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 c. Gluten Free 1-minute Quick oats
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. dry quinoa
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ c. walnuts (or nuts of choice)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ c. dark chocolate, melted (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8”x8” pan.
- Mash the ripe bananas with the back of a fork until completely smooth.
- Place 1 cup of oats along with the remainder of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse several times. Mix in remainder of oats with a spoon.
- Stir in the oat mix with the mashed bananas until completely coated. Pour into the greased pan and gently pat down until the batter is evenly spread.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to completely cool.
- Cut evenly into 9 squares and drizzle with melted dark chocolate (optional).
Feel free to check out this post from last month (and an adorable oatmeal creation) about my trip to Quaker headquarters to hear all about their new line of gluten free oats. I was so impressed by their dedication and hard work to bring gluten free oats to your family’s breakfast table, I think you will be too!
As a Quaker-Sponsored Blogger, my trip to the Quaker Oat Summit was compensated as was this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Want more breakfast inspiration? The incredible people at Quaker and I want to give YOU your very own Quaker® Gluten Free Recipe Inspiration Kit which includes:
- A chic tote bag
- An apron
- A custom ‘Love Oatmeal’ spoon
- A portable microwavable oatmeal bowl
- Delicious Quaker Gluten Free Oats, including Quaker Quick 1-minute Standard Oats (18 oz. canister) and Quaker Instant Quaker Oatmeal (single-serve pouches) in both Original and Maple & Brown Sugar flavors
Total giveaway value is approximately $60
ONE lucky U.S.-based winner will be chosen at random by January 20, 2016. Entering is easy, simply leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your favorite way to eat oatmeal! Giveaway is now closed.
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Though compensation was made for this post, all opinions and text are my own. Please view all the information about Quaker’s gluten free oats to ensure you are making the right choice for you and your own family.