By: The Real Food Dietitians Posted: 8/21/23
Breakfast just got better with these soft Oatmeal Breakfast Bars, which can be hand-held or eaten with a fork. Featuring antioxidant-rich frozen wild blueberries, this make-ahead breakfast can make your mornings easier, tastier, and healthier all at the same time! Whether you’re looking for something to make back-to-school season less chaotic, need healthier options in the morning, or just want to get out of a breakfast rut, these Wild Blueberry Breakfast Bars can solve the problem.
This post was created in partnership with Wild Blueberries of North America
Recipe Highlights: Wild Blueberry Breakfast Bars
There’s a lot to love about these soft and chewy oatmeal breakfast bars, including:
- They’re a make-ahead breakfast that you can grab and go on busy mornings
- A naturally gluten free recipe that can be easily modified to be dairy free by using coconut oil in place of the butter
- A simple recipe that calls for easy-to-find ingredients and just 15 minutes of prep time
- Feature anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich ingredients, including wild blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, and walnuts
- Can also be served as a healthy snack any time of the day
Can You Make Your Own Breakfast Bars?
When busy seasons of life come your way, an easy breakfast is just the thing to make mornings a little smoother. These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Wild Blueberries check all the boxes for make-ahead prep, great taste, good nutrition, and on-the-go convenience. You’ve likely seen many breakfast bar options on the shelf at your local grocery store and wondered if you can make your own. The answer is yes! This recipe for DIY Breakfast Bars results in soft and tender breakfast bars that you can eat right out of your hand, or if you have a little more time, sit down to enjoy a piece with a fork, topped with some yogurt, a drizzle of nut butter, more wild blueberries or banana slices, and some chopped walnuts.
Ingredients to Make Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Here’s what you’ll need to gather to make a batch of these gluten-free breakfast bars:
- Old-fashioned rolled oats – use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats or steel-cut oats, both of which would not result in the right texture for these bars. Oats are naturally gluten free, but if you’re making these bars for someone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, ensure the oats were made in a factory that does not also process gluten-containing grains to avoid cross contamination
- All-purpose gluten-free flour blend – our go-to’s are Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour and King Arthur Measure for Measure. Regular all-purpose flour may also be used if you don’t need your breakfast bars to be gluten-free
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon – you’ll need 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Fine salt – you’ll need ½ teaspoon salt
- Banana – use a yellow or spotted brown banana; may sub ½ cup applesauce
- Butter – may substitute coconut oil for a dairy-free option
- Maple syrup – honey may also be used as a natural sweetener option, or may sub ¼ cup brown sugar
- Pure vanilla extract
- Frozen wild blueberries – find these in the freezer case and look for “wild” on the package
- Walnuts – may sub pecans or another favorite nut
- Optional toppings – you may want to serve these bars topped with yogurt, almond butter or peanut butter, additional fresh fruit and nuts, chocolate chips, or a dash of cinnamon
To make these breakfast oat bars, find the ingredient list with exact measurements in the recipe card below.
How To Make These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
These yummy wild blueberry baked oatmeal bars come together in these quick steps:
- Prep your space: Preheat the oven and grease a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray, butter, or line with parchment paper.
- Mix the dry ingredients: Mix the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients: In a separate mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients: Gently fold the oat mixture and the banana mixture together. Next gently fold in the add-ins: walnuts and wild blueberries.
- Add toppings and bake: Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and top with more wild blueberries and walnuts. Bake for 22-26 minutes or until golden brown and the center is baked through (a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
- Cool and cut into squares: Let the bars cool at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares. If desired, top servings with yogurt, a drizzle of peanut butter, additional fruit, and a dash of cinnamon. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
For the complete directions, ingredient amounts, and nutrition analysis that lists calories (kcal), protein, carbohydrates, total fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol per serving, scroll down to the recipe card below.
Recipe Tips For Success
These two tips will help ensure your breakfast bars come out exactly right every time:
- Rather than letting them come to room temperature, keep the wild blueberries in your freezer until just right before you add them to the batter, which also helps prevent the juice from the blueberries bleeding into the bars and making them appear too dark
- When you add the wild blueberries to the batter, fold them in very gently so they don’t discolor the bars
Frequently Asked Questions
Are oat breakfast bars good for you?
Oat Breakfast Bars can be a healthy food choice when made with real-food ingredients, such as oats, fruit, and nuts.
Are breakfast bars enough for breakfast?
Breakfast bars, whether homemade or store-bought, tend to be on the lower side of calories for what is sufficient for a typical breakfast. We suggest serving these breakfast bars with nutritious toppings, such as yogurt, a drizzle of nut butter, and additional nuts or fruit. Or, you could enjoy one of these breakfast bars on the go along with 2 hard-boiled eggs or a carton of yogurt for a well-rounded healthy breakfast that contains many of the nutrients people need to start their day, including fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
What is the difference between a granola bar and a breakfast bar?
A breakfast bar is typically made with whole-grain ingredients and fruit, as is intended to be part of a healthy breakfast. Whereas a granola bar is typically a sweeter type of bar that is served as a snack.
How many calories are in an oatmeal breakfast bar?
This recipe for Oatmeal Breakfast Bars contains 200 calories per bar, and they’re made from all real-food ingredients. Prepackaged breakfast bars typically contain between 190 and 300 calories per bar.
Switch Things Up
To switch things up, you could make these baked oatmeal bars with different add-ins, such as dried cranberries or another chopped dried fruit, sunflower seeds, flax seed or chia seeds. You could also increase the protein in these bars by stirring in ½ cup whey protein powder. Or, in place of the mashed ripe banana, you could use ½ cup unsweetened applesauce.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup gluten-free flour blend*
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- 1 medium bananas (yellow or spotted brown), mashed (½ cup)**
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter (may substitute melted coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅔ cups chopped walnuts, divided
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries, divided***
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray or oil or line with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Give it a quick stir and set aside.
- In another bowl, mix together the mashed banana, eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined.
- Add the banana mixture to the oat mixture along with ½ cup of walnuts, and stir until combined.
- Gently fold in 3/4 cup of frozen blueberries (fold just a few times so as not to discolor the bars).
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish, then top with the remaining wild blueberries and walnuts, pressing the toppings gently into the batter.
- Bake for 22-26 minutes or until the center is baked through and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes or overnight before cutting into 9 squares.
- Bars can be eaten handheld or with a fork. If desired, top servings with a dollop of yogurt or nut butter and additional banana slices, blueberries, walnuts, and cinnamon.
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These two tips will help ensure your breakfast bar batter doesn’t turn too dark from the wild blueberries:
1) When you add the wild blueberries to the batter, fold them in very gently so they don’t discolor the bars
2) Keep the wild blueberries in your freezer until just right before you add them to the batter, which also helps prevent the juice from the blueberries bleeding into the bars and making them appear too dark
*Our favorite gluten-free flour blends for baking are Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour and King Arthur Measure for Measure. Regular all-purpose flour may also be used if you don’t need breakfast bars that are gluten-free
**You may sub ½ cup applesauce of the mashed banana
***Find wild blueberries in the freezer case, and look for the word “wild” on the package
- Serving Size: Per bar (1/9th of recipe)
- Calories: 206
- Fat: 9 g
- (Sat Fat: 3 g)
- Sodium: 210 mg
- Carbohydrate: 26 g
- (Fiber: 3 g
- Sugar: 7 g)
- Protein: 4 g
- Cholesterol: 41 mg
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