Healthy peanut butter breakfast bar recipe.
These healthy homemade peanut butter breakfast bars are sweetened with stevia and honey, and packed with protein and whole-grain goodness.
It probably won’t surprise to you that we often have a lot of desserts around this house. I do my best to share the love. Today, after taking pictures of salted caramel cupcakes (recipe to come), I drove the whole batch of them to our local high school so our daughter could share them with her theater group. This was important, because this morning’s photoshoot also included a salted caramel tart, salted caramel sauce and salted caramel brownies. Something had to go.
The other thing you should know about this house – and this might actually surprise you, if you’ve been reading this blog for more than, oh.. I don’t know, 5 minutes – is that on any given day, our kitchen is packed with healthy, wholesome food options as well. I replenish the bowl of fresh fruit that sits on our kitchen table every few days. On the kitchen bar, a place where my family hangs out all the time, sits a bowl of cherry tomatoes and pistachios in their shell. Often, that’s where you’ll find roasted almonds, sliced raw red peppers or fresh berries.
I really don’t ever purchase anything in a box or a bag. If you followed me to the grocery store, you’d see a cart full of fresh ingredients. I am a slow food kind of girl, and have dragged my family along with me, whether they like it or not.
All that to say that a healthy breakfast bar recipe is not all that out of place around here.
It was especially important to me to make this breakfast bar recipe this week because next week my husband and I are getting the hell out of dodge. Flying the coop. Hasta la vista, baby.
We’re headed to San Francisco for a couple of days, then down the coast to LA before spending a blissful few days at a hot springs spa in Dessert Hot Springs, CA. Yee-Haw!
But, we’re leaving our girls at home (don’t worry – they’re big kids). They love this, and not for the reasons you might think. We leave them grocery money so that they can go buy whatever they want to eat for the week. Translation: pop-tarts, sugar cereal, chips, soda, frozen food. All the things I never buy.
This is fine with me. I mean… our vacation is kind of their vacation. Also, when we return, they are SO desperate for real, healthy, unprocessed food. It’s one of those, you-only-love-it-when-it’s-gone kind of things.
I’m still leaving them with healthy peanut butter breakfast bars and a bowl of fresh fruit.
I’m also taking a loaf of our favorite homemade banana bread out of the freezer. Yes, I know there’s a chance I’ll come home to a bowl of rotten fruit, stale breakfast bars and moldy banana bread. But, I don’t think so.
Because, even though next week will mostly be a diet free-for-all, they also appreciate good-for-you food. Also, this breakfast bar recipe is really, really good. First of all, there’s peanut butter in it. So, already – yum.
But there’s also chopped peanuts, roasted almonds, oats, molasses and honey. Yum, yum, yum, yum and yum. I mean, I am all about the inclusion of indulgent treats in my life. AND, I am all about healthy, wholesome food. My requirement is simply that it taste good.
These homemade oatmeal breakfast bars deliver on both fronts.
You can, of course (and should), customize these breakfast bars to your own tastes. That’s the beauty of recipes like this. Throw in some chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried cherries or apricots. Replace the peanut butter with any other kind of nut butter and the peanuts and almonds with any other kind of nut. It’s all good.
Finally, this breakfast bar recipe makes a great grab-and-go breakfast, if you wrap a few in parchment or plastic wrap in anticipation of said grab-and-go-breakfast. Because, the point of eating breakfast on the run is that… well, you’re on the run and probably don’t have the time to stop and wrap something up.
So, wrap a few bars up ahead of time and congratulate yourself all day long for how responsible and prepared you are. Then, treat yourself to ice cream.
A few of the items I used in this healthy peanut butter breakfast bar recipe:
Other healthy grab-and-go breakfast recipes:
- Gluten-free, whole grain blueberry muffins with streusel
- Low sugar, gluten-free pineapple muffins
- Healthy Chocolate Banana Muffins
- 1 cup dry roasted unsalted almonds (roast raw almonds at 375 degrees for 10 minutes)
- ½ cup roasted, salted peanuts
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 8 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup stevia
- ¼ cup unsulphured molasses
- ⅓ cup honey
- 5 large eggs
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9x13 inch pan.
- Add almonds and peanuts to a food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to chop, or chop by hand into large, pea size pieces.
- Add oats, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and chopped nuts to a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Beat butter, stevia, molasses, honey, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla with an electric mixer at medium high speed until blended, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the dry ingredients and pour the dough into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden brown and feels just set when you press gently on it with your fingertips. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely in the pan before turning out and cutting into bars.