Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Trail Mix
If you are looking for a healthier breakfast bar in place of that sugary breakfast treat, look no further than my Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Trail Mix.
I will be the first to admit that I have a sweet tooth. I fact, desserts are my favorite thing to bake. Not only that, I love a good Saturday morning sugary treat such as donuts or pastries. But the time has come to put the brakes on sugar. It was starting to get a little out-of-control. And it’s no wonder. Sugar is highly addictive.
With a class reunion scheduled for this fall and shorts season fast approaching, it was time to step back and reassess my relationship with sugar. Since March 1, I have discontinued the sugary treats on Saturday morning. But I have found the perfect substitute in my Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Trail Mix. There is no added refined sugar in this recipe. The mildly sweet taste comes from honey and applesauce, plus the occasional chocolate from the trail mix. There is also no white flour in this recipe. I whirled the oatmeal in my food processor to mimic the flour.
Don’t get me wrong, I could not permanently give up all the delicious treats. Dessert for now is a nice piece of fruit. I’m sure I will occasionally have my Saturday morning breakfast treat, but Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Trail Mix are a pretty good substitute. Accompany them with my Fresh Healthy Berry Smoothie. Are you interested in finding out more about healthy living blogs, see the post on the Best Healthy Living Blogs.
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These bars get their slightly sweet taste from the applesauce and honey in the recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, quick-cook variety
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 2 cups trail mix
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup applesauce, chunky
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Whirl the oatmeal in a food processor or blender until a small crumble state is achieved.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
Spread in a parchment-lined 9 x 9 baking pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until they start to brown around the edges.
Cool completely before cutting into bars.