Strawberry Walnut Breakfast Bars coming atcha. These are a “healthified” version, using coconut oil and fresh strawberries. A tasty breakfast option!
Why oh why oh why oh why. You ask.
Because I’m constantly trying to fuel them with something other than packaged snacks. I rarely buy those anymore (well, except for Scooby snacks which I happen to love), and would rather them grab something out of the freezer (or refrigerator). You know when your snacks are homemade because you have to keep them OFF the counter and cold to preserve them.
You might remember my other breakfast bar recipe –> Raspberry Almond Breakfast Bars. Those were a huge hit, so I decided to make them a wee bit healthier.
To make them healthier, here’s what you do.
- Cut back on the brown sugar slightly.
- Use melted coconut oil instead of butter. (Although there is debate here.) *
- Slice up some fresh strawberries instead of using preserves.
You will notice very little difference in taste, but you’ll have reduced the calories, sodium, and sugar.
*There is significant debate regarding coconut oil, but I do believe that the pros outweigh the cons. Please do your own research related to your own health.
What kinds of snacks do you keep in your kitchen? I hope you try some of my homemade versions soon. It’s nice knowing what’s in the food we put in our bodies.
xoxo ~ Sue
Try these breakfast scones next: Mini Glazed Pumpkin Scones
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These are a "healthified" breakfast bar, using coconut oil and fresh strawberries. A tasty breakfast option!
- 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil - melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups strawberries - sliced
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice - freshly squeezed
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8X8 baking dish with parchment paper.
Slice strawberries into a mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and one tablespoons of sugar, and mix well. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix well
Add melted coconut oil and vanilla extract, and stir until mixture is coated.
Reserve about 3/4 cup, and press remaining mixture into baking dish, using your fingers to spread evenly.
Add sliced strawberries over the bottom layer. Then top with reserved mixture, using fingers to add it in small clumps.
Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven. Let bars cool completely before cutting.
These bars are best stored in the refrigerator, for up to 3-4 days.