Be prepared for busy school mornings with a kid-friendly apple cinnamon oatmeal breakfast bar! The perfect, nourishing breakfast on the go – or grab from freezer to lunchbox for quick packing!
Another great quick breakfast we love is our Healthy Apple Muffins that also freeze really well!
Busy School Mornings
Those lazy summer mornings are gone in exchange for getting everyone out the door at an early hour equipped with backpacks, homework, lunches, and everything else kids need for school. One of our best strategies is to save hot breakfasts that require a lot of time for the weekends, and stick with quick, healthy and filling breakfasts for school days. It may be tempting to skip breakfast altogether, but this is why you shouldn’t:
After sleeping and growing during the night, kids need to refuel their bodies for the day ahead. Breakfast provides energy for the morning and eating breakfast can lead to increased classroom concentration. Can you imagine trying to participate in a science experiment or concentrate on solving a number problem with your tummy grumbling? It’s tough, especially for kids who aren’t allowed a snack at school. Breakfast is their only chance of eating prior to lunch.
Our favorite school morning breakfasts are those that are grab and go, already most prepared or those that just need a few things mixed in before they are done. These oatmeal breakfast bars definitely fit the menu of a busy school morning. Not only are they simple to make, but they are packed with good nutrition for your kids for the day!
Oatmeal Breakfast Bar
We love these bars because they have some of our favorite breakfast ingredients that really help fuel our kids. We always make them ahead of time, making them an easy grab-and-go breakfast.
Oatmeal: Oats are really well-balanced. They are a good source of carbs and fiber. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains. Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds.
Apples and Applesauce: Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. There have been so many studies performed on the health benefits of apples which is why the saying still rings true ‘An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away’!
If your kids are lighter breakfast eaters, this will fit the bill entirely for them. If they need more, you can serve it with a glass of milk, small bowl of yogurt or a boiled egg. You could also serve it with a green smoothie to get some veg in! I even plan to use these bars as a quick lunchbox add-in! You can easily double this recipe so you don’t have to make them all the time. As it is this recipe makes 8-12 bars, depending on how big you cut them.
We love the saying ‘A good day starts the night before’. That definitely applies to breakfast. If you already have your breakfast planned out (or made) ahead of time, then your morning is so much smoother and your kids still get to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Here are some tips for getting a healthy breakfast on the table on those busy school mornings:
- Always plan the night before. Make sure you know that you have the ingredients or foods prepped that you want to have for breakfast stocked and ready to go.
- Double your favorite breakfast recipes. Making more of things like oatmeal breakfast bars is a great way to have healthy breakfast options on hand in your fridge or freezer. We also love to make extras of these recipes: Sweet Potato Pancakes, Sweet Spinach Muffins, Protein Packed Breakfast Burritos, and Breakfast Egg Cups
- Make a breakfast rotation and print it so your family knows what is on the menu.
- Have at least 4 make ahead breakfast meals stocked in your fridge or freezer to pull out when you are really short on time.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake
- Grease an 9×9-inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. If you don't have a 9×9, you can use an 8×8 baking dish you will just have to increase the cook time.
- Place 1 cup oats in a blender or food processor and process until oats turn to a flour-like consistency. Add to a large mixing bowl with additional 1 1/2 cups of oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt and coconut flakes. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, applesauce, vanilla, milk, maple syrup, and grated apple. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Pour into baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is a light brown color.
- Allow to cool slightly; cut into slices and serve with whip cream, or vanilla Greek yogurt. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days.
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