Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

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!

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Oatmeal Bar

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!

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

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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.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

Quick Breakfast

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:

  1. 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.
  2.  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
  3.  Make a breakfast rotation and print it so your family knows what is on the menu.
  4. 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 Breakfast Bar Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bar

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bar
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 m
Cook Time: 30 m

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup – oats, dry
  • 2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon – baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 large – egg
  • 3/4 cup – applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup – milk
  • 1/2 cup – honey
  • 1 medium – apple
  • 1/2 cup – coconut flakes

Directions

  1. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place 1 cup oats in a blender or food processor and process until oats turn to a flour-like consistency. Add to a mixing bowl with additional 1 1/2 cups of oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, applesauce, vanilla, milk and honey. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Grate apple and add to batter with coconut flakes. Fold into mixture. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool slightly; cut into bars and serve.
 

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 243 12%
  • Fat: 5 g 8%
  • Carb: 45 g 15%
  • Fiber: 4 g 16%
  • Protein: 5 g 10%
  • Sugar: 25 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(22)
Angela Cameron says:

Any recommendations for substitutes for coconut ingredients?

Renee Kohley says:

Hi Angela! I think ground up flaxseed would work for the coconut shreds. And then for the coconut flour you can add more of any of the other flours and it should work – you might need to double the amount since coconut flour is so absorbent. I use the coconut flour because of the high fiber content 🙂

Tracey says:

Hi, these bars look great. Do you really need 4 different types of flour? Could I make do with coconut flour and almond meal/flour?

Melissa says:

Can we add some oats to this?

Miriam says:

These look delicious BUT we can’t have almonds 🙁 what could I substitute the flour with?

Michelle says:

I know this is an old thread, but i am curious I find the rice and tapioca flours can be omitted and just increase the almond and or coconut flour. Our bodies have severe reactions to rice. And we just avoid tapioca.

Meghan Weidl says:

Would substituting whole wheat flour work?

Crystal says:

Could you substitute the milk with almond milk?

That should work Crystal!

Jasmin says:

These bars are so delicious! I made a double batch with hopes they would last a little while, but I’m sure they will be gone within a few days. I topped them with coconut flakes when i put them in the oven and they are so pretty! I also used almond milk since we are dairy free. Turned out great and my kids love them! Would use a little less honey next time. Otherwise so yummy!

Debbie says:

Am I missing something when reading mthe ingredient list? The only “flour” I see is the oats which are finely ground. Why are people talking about coconut, rice and tapioca flour?
I plan on making this soon for my husband when he starts harvesting the corn and beans in about a month, Our five year old son will love it too for snack food when he joins daddy on the combine.

HI Debbie!
Sorry, this is an old recipe, that we’ve updated, so the old comments don’t really apply anymore! The new recipe has been tested to work better!

Thanks!

Sue says:

Instead of putting 1 cup of the oats in a food processor (I don’t own one) can you just use oat flour??

Sheryl says:

That is a whopping amount of carbs and sugar. Once the kids get to school, they will have a sugar dive and will be sleepy and cranky.

Aimee Morrow says:

Natalie, can you tell me the serving size of this recipe? 25g of sugar is higher than I’d like to serve to my toddler.
Thanks!

Celena says:

These are great! I substituted almond milk for the milk and added some chopped strawberries since I had a small apple. I also used unsweetened coconut. This was perfect for all of us, including my husband and I.

Cindy Hebert says:

Wow! That’s a lot of sugar! Can I leave out the honey entirely?

Hi Cindy.
You can try it, but I haven’t. Let me know if it’s sweet enough if you omit the honey. I’d probably start with just using half the amount!

Karen says:

Can you freeze these ?

Natalie Monson says:

We haven’t tried freezing them – I’m not sure how the texture would hold up. But you can refrigerate them and they will last longer. Good luck!

Rosa Salerno says:

I made a batch today and my 9 year old loved these. I used less honey than called for in the recipe (1/3 of a cup) and I think I could have reduced the sweetener to 1/4 cup and it would have been fine. There is lots of sweetness from the applesauce. I tend to prefer less sugar in snacks and desserts.

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