Barefoot by the Sea: Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars (Easy Recipes)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars (Easy Recipes)

We had a busy weekend with family visiting, four theater performances, bake sales and everything in between. Sometimes it's hard to fit it all in so yesterday afternoon, when everything was completed, I was playing catch-up. Usually part of my Sunday involves getting ready for the week ahead, hitting the grocery store and meal planning. Imagine my surprise last night when I realized I didn't have much for breakfasts. I whipped up some overnight oats for the girls, a fuel filled breakfast of oats, chia seeds and strawberries. My husband usually grabs his breakfast and goes, so eating from a mason jar while driving sounded a bit challenging. I figured it was a great opportunity to test out this Oatmeal Bar recipe. 

Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup almond milk 
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 ripe mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup almond butter 
Directions
  1. Mix together oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in bowl.
  2. Add egg, milk, vanilla, almond butter and mix, then add banana and chia seeds and mix until combined
  3. In lightly sprayed 8x8 baking dish, spread oat mixture and bake for 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 
  4. Cut into squares and enjoy! 
Confession time: growing up, my hubby was a HUGE fan of PopTarts. Once we got married, he continued to request them, he loved starting his morning with the carb filled sugary treat. Bonus? He could keep them in his glovebox. Am I alone in thinking of you can store food in your glove compartment for months, it might not be the best option to start your day with? He gave up that habit quote a while ago, thankfully. He did, however, say they were, "were filling and tasty, kind of how my PopTarts used to be". No, no, NOT like those but definitely convenient and hearty! 

Did I mention they're even better with a cup of coffee? If you try them, be sure to let me know what you think! 

12 comments:

  1. Yum! Will have to try these! I have someone in the house who enjoys buying poptarts once in a while - I have never had a taste for them though. I always wanted to like them, but never do...weird I know :-)

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    1. Gee, wonder who that is ;) I agree, never have enjoyed them!

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  2. These look so yummy! good to know they are filling too! How did the performances go? We have our starting on Thursday-Sunday!

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    1. Sounds like your busy weekend is next! The show was great! :)

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  3. I may or may not have had poptarts for dinner last night xD The Mister was out on the motorcycle all day, with no idea of when he was going to be home, and had a stressful Saturday on top of it all, so our Sunday evening was quite lazy. And poptarts, well, he's the one who brought them home, so no shame from me xD I grew up on poptarts for breakfasts on the weekends and I turned out fine ;)
    These oatmeal bars, though, look and sound delicious!

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    1. :) That was funny - I agree, so many people grew up on Poptarts and still enjoy them but there is just something about him keeping them in his glove compartment that was just wrong.

      What I love about these is that the oatmeal bars are completely economical and tasty too! You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar as you like - I've seen other recipes with 1/4 - 1/2 cup but 2 tablespoons is just fine for us!

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  4. That does sound a lot more practical than a mason jar. I can't what to hear about the performance.

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    1. It would have been fun to see but these are MUCH easier!

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  5. I am so glad you included your husbands review! My husband does not eat many pop tarts these days, but still does have them on occasion because of how portable they are. I will have to try these for my husband as he needs breakfast on the go most days of the week. Putting almond butter on the shopping list :)

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    1. Any butter goes but I used almond butter because I had it on hand! I love Barney Butter

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  6. Pinning!! I always need new breakfast ideas.
    Carla

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    1. Me too! I bet your boys would enjoy them on a busy morning.

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