I am not a breakfast person. Actually, let me take that a step further. I’m not a morning person. If you see me up before 8am, you’d better not talk to me, at least until I’ve drowned myself in coffee. Not only will I not speak to anyone, I won’t eat. Apparently, that’s part of being a late sleeper, but eating breakfast is an important part of the day. And, I was surprised to find that, no, several cups of coffee does not a breakfast make.
So, what’s my point? Well, I had to find a way to stomach breakfast, a healthy breakfast, without putting too much thought or effort in to the matter. This led me to a long and arduous search for breakfast recipes. I wanted something I could eat easily and with coffee. But I wanted it to be packed full of good things that would keep me full until lunch.
I found several make ahead recipes for things like egg muffins or breakfast cookies, but nothing really hit me. Then I found a recipe for granola bars at this amazing blog called Diary of a Fit Mommy. Using hers as a base, I adjusted it and added a few of the goodies I had in my pantry and voila! DIY granola bars!
3 Cups Oats
1 Cup Peanut or Almond Butter – I use raw, organic almond better
1 Cup Raw Honey – You can vary this depending on how sweet you like things. I’ve used as little as ½ a cup and as much as a whole cup. The more things you add, the more honey you should include. (I’ve also seen this recipe use 1 ½ cup soaked dates)
½ Cup Coconut, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Dark Chocolate Chunks, Flax Seeds, Almond Meal, Sunflower Seeds, or Pumpkin Seeds.
Mix the peanut or almond butter with the honey. Warm them in a pan on the stove or in a glass bowl in the microwave.
Mix in the oats and any of the goodies you want to include.
Line a 9 inch pan with wax paper and press the mix into it.
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cut the bars once they’ve cooled. Definitely separate them when you store them. I made the mistake of leaving them together after cutting them and it was difficult to break them apart afterwards.