These freezable oat breakfast bars are packed with brain boosting blueberries and are super easy to make!
So it’s nearly the end of January. How are those healthy eating resolutions doing? I have to say I haven’t had the best month. There have been lots of ups and downs and a ridiculous amount of illness between myself and the kids so there has been a bit too much chocolate consumed (mostly by me!). That said we are still doing really well with our healthy breakfasts. A little too well really. The kids have been eating either porridge or overnight oats every day from Monday to Friday so I think they are getting a little sick of them! I thought it was time to liven up my oaty breakfast repertoire and so these Blueberry Oat Breakfast Bars were born.
Some of you might be wondering why I have called these “oat bars” rather than flapjacks. Well to me a flapjack is slightly hard and crunchy (like these Chocolate Coconut Flapjacks) whereas this recipe is much softer and I thought that “oat bar” sounded a bit more breakfasty!! So flapjacks, oat bars… call them what you want. Just try this recipe cause it is seriously good!
When I blogged my Chocolate Coconut Flapjack recipe I did have a little rant about packaged flapjacks being labelled as “healthy” or “natural” when they in fact contain a scary amount of refined sugars and highly processed oils or margarines. Some homemade recipes are not much better. One popular recipe site listed golden syrup, honey AND white sugar as some of the ingredients for its flapjack recipe. There is just no need for all that sweetener!
My recipe uses either honey, maple syrup or date syrup. Yes these are all still a form of sugar but they are completely natural, not processed and won’t send your blood sugar sky high (and won’t have the kids bouncing off the walls!). I also use coconut oil instead of butter. If you prefer to use butter than that’s absolutely fine but I would encourage you to choose a grass fed brand like Kerrygold and not margarine or low-fat spread.
Ok, so mini healthy rant out of the way, what’s so good about these oat bars? Well firstly they taste incredible! They are wonderfully soft and sweet, just perfect for breakfast. I used almond butter in mine, which gives a very subtle nutty flavour without being overpowering. The fresh blueberries give just a small pop of tartness to the bar and of course provides that wonderful purple colour. You can also customise the recipe to your liking so add dried fruit or chopped nuts, or even substitute the blueberries for raspberries.
What I also love about this recipe is that these bars can be frozen in individual containers or freezer bags. They defrost in super quick time (mine took about an hour) so you can take them out first thing in the morning and they will be ready when the kids get out of bed. You could also pop a frozen bar into the kids’ lunchboxes and it’ll be good to go by morning snack time.
I would like to say that my freezer is now full of these oat bars but the truth is they have all disappeared. (Those food stealing fairies have been in my kitchen again!) But I plan to make a double batch this weekend for handy grab-and-go breakfasts over the coming weeks.
Oh, and just a word of warning – be sure to let these cool COMPLETELY before you attempt to add the yogurt / coconut cream drizzle or to cut them. If the oat mixture is still hot the drizzle will melt into the oats and they will fall apart when you try to cut them. You have been warned!