Breakfast is a real struggle. Am I the only one? Pleeeease help me peanut butter oatmeal breakfast bars!
There are two types of people in the world: morning people and those who like to squeeze out every last possible Zzzz
I belong to the second group. My mornings consist of sleeping until 30 minutes before I have to leave, so then I get up and have to speed race through my morning routine. Needless to say most days my socks don’t match, my hair is in a bun and I eat breakfast in the car. My commute to work is a doozy, taking at least an hour, so I feel like I’m using my time wisely and taking advantage of the forced downtime by eating breakfast the go. Side note: I also use my travel time to listen to podcasts, this practise has had a huge impact on my day!
***Current podcast obsession=The Lively Show, Listening to Jess’s show I have had so many “Ah Ha” moments.***
Podcasts have turned the negative of a long commute into a much more enjoyable experience because I can now use that time to learn and listen to new topics, growing my knowledge and ultimately expanding my little bubble. If you can actively commit to learn one new thing each day, it might not seem like a lot but after a year or two or three or twenty you my friend have become an expert! Just one thing! Podcasts have helped me learn at least one new thing each and every day.
Back to mornings. You get the picture. Spring outta bed, run around in a circle for 25 minutes, jump into the kitchen and grab something super quick to take for breakfast and lunch. You moms out there, YOU ARE ROCKSTARS! No no, more like Superman rockstars. How do you get so much done in the mornings?
Prepare breakfast in the morning…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA that’s a joke right? I am all about those grab and go, one-handed, no spillage breakfast options. Unless of course it’s the weekend, weekends are for brunch.
Now that you know my routine, you know why I cherish these peanut butter oatmeal breakfast bars. Not only are they perfect for eating on the go and easy to make ahead of time, they also have no added sugar, are loaded with protein and will keep hunger pains away with a healthy dose of fibre. Peanut butter, bananas and dates add natural sweetness but if your feeling extra special you must add the chocolate chips 😍 always a must in my books.
This recipe takes under 10 minutes to whip up and only uses a blender or food processor bowl! Minimal dishes♡. The bars are chewy, peanutty, moist and oh so filling.
Grab a breakfast bar, channel your inner Nayshan and tornado yourself outta the house in the morning. Or better yet maybe we would both be better off if you have a relaxed morning eating breakfast bars and comment below to teach me your healthy morning routine tips.
Try this recipe? I’d love to hear your feedback and see your creation! Leave a comment below, rate the recipe or take a picture and tag #whippingitup .
Until next time my friend, happy eating and much love to you each and everyday❤
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 1 cup plant based milk
- 1/4 cup dried dates about 5 dates
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 cup oats quick or old fashioned
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips optional
Preheat oven to 350℃ and line a loaf pan with parchment. Make sure the parchment hangs over two edges to make the bars easy to remove from the pan. Lightly greasy the parchment and any exposed pan with coconut oil or earth balance
Add milk, dates, ripe banana, and peanut butter to the bowl of a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Stir in oats and optional chocolate chips until evenly mixed.
Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and solid in the centre.
Let cool 5 minutes before using the parchment "handles" to remove the bars from the pan. Cool fully before slicing into 6 bars. Cut the loaf in the middle to make 2 semi square pieces and then slice each square into three bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
This recipe has successfully been tested with almond and cashew milk
I originally used quick oats for these bars but old fashioned oats work too. Old fashioned oats result in a chewier texture if left whole. If you aren't into chewy, I recommend adding the old fashioned oats to the blender before the chocolate chips but after you have fully blended all other ingredients and pulsing a few times to achieve the same texture as quick oats. Then mix in the chocolate chips and continue as normal.
To keep the recipe vegan be sure to use chocolate chips free of milk products.
Be sure to wait until the bars are fully cooled before slicing to avoid a crumbly mess.