If you stroll down the supermarket cereal aisle, you’ll see shelves full of breakfast bars. But have you ever checked the ingredients in those bars? Some of them have so many ingredients, there’s barely enough room on the box to list them all! Why do they add so much stuff to a simple bar? And why doesn’t all that stuff fill you up? To feel full, you have to eat two or three bars, which could mean eating 500-600 calories or more!
Here’s a better idea: Make your own breakfast bars! You’ll save money and get real food ingredients. The recipe below is very filling because it contains healthy fats and fiber. Eat just one and I bet you’ll be full until lunch. Enjoy!
Almond Butter Breakfast Squares
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup granola or other whole grain cereal, divided
Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add flaxseed, brown sugar, almond butter, egg, applesauce, maple syrup and 3/4 cups of the cereal and mix until combined. Pour into greased 8×8-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining cereal. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Makes 9 servings.