Make-ahead Breakfast Oatmeal Bars!

Another quick make-ahead breakfast recipe for you!

The most common mistake I see women make when it comes to their fat-loss efforts is not eating breakfast…or not eating enough…or not eating the right things.

If you’re like most women, you hit that “3 o’clock wall”…unfortunately, you’re not craving chicken and broccoli…you’re craving chips, cookies, caffeine and junk…

Most of your cravings are directly connected to what you did (or didn’t) eat for breakfast…it’s your body’s way of screaming at you…I’M HUNGRY!!

We typically think of planning ahead for our dinners and making things that will make our busy evening routines easier amid shuffling kids from school and practice and everything else on your plate.

Do you ever plan ahead your breakfasts? If not, you may be setting yourself up for those snack-attacks that set your fat-loss efforts way, way back!


So take a few minutes to prepare a few good breakfast options and you’re one step closer to your goals (I do all my prep on the weekend…takes me no time at all now that I have the routine down!)!

Here is an AWESOME oatmeal breakfast bar recipe I found while trying to find a new easy breakfast for EJ (who is now 14 months old and walking!!)…and turns out my husband and I love them too!

They can also be made gluten- and dairy-free…they have no nuts (unless you add them), so they’re very friendly for families with allergies.

Make-ahead Oatmeal Bars!**

2 cups gluten-free regular or old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk (I used full-fat, organic, from the can – and don’t worry, they don’t taste coconutty)
1 egg
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup Stevia in the Raw or maple syrup (may not even need this much!)
1¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ cup raisins or chopped dates, more for sprinkling on top (I used dates, I’m going to try cranberries and maybe even some chocolate chips!)

*I also added a couple tablespoons of flax meal for some added fiber.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil an 8×8-inch pan.

2. Combine dry ingredients, except dried fruit, and mix.

3. Add liquids and mix well. Then gently incorporate dried fruit into mixture.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle a few raisins on top.

5. Place pan in preheated oven and bake 30 to 35 minutes. (Cover with foil if top browns too quickly.) Remove from oven and cut into squares.

Need more breakfast ideas?

Checkout a few of my other popular recipe ideas here:

 5 Kid-Friendly Breakfasts (on-the-go…and big kid friendly too!)

4 Fast Breakfast Favorites (including my famous quiche-cups!)

 Smoothie Recipes


Remember…mom was right! Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!

Eat deliciously, live energetically!


**Recipe developed by Madalene Rhyand, Living Without test kitchen. Photo credit: Living Without



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