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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is a nice one! This weekend is a quiet, lazy one for my husband and I. It’s nice to have weekends like this every now and then. 

While doing my kettle bell workout this morning, my mind starting wandering. I was trying to think of my meals for the upcoming week. (I do some of my best thinking while working out) 🙂

I tend to fall into a rut when it comes to breakfast. Most mornings I eat the same thing over and over. I love eating oatmeal, but I usually don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning to make it. So using the Whole Foods app on my ipad, I came across a recipe for oatmeal bars. These are perfect to take breakfast on the go, (or even to eat in place of a store bought granola bar). They are packed with flavor and nutrients. Oh, and they are very easy to make!

Here’s what you’ll need for 12 bars:
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  • 1 ½ cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup of ground flax (I used blueberry flavored)
  • ½ cup of chopped pecans
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • 2 pink lady apples
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First, peel, cut, and core the apples.
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Next, using a cheese grater, grate the apples.
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Now place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together.
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Place mixture in a 9-inch dish that is covered with foil or parchment paper. (I sprayed the foil to make sure that it wouldn’t stick)
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Bake for 1 hour.Cut into bars and store them in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. Now you’ll have your very own oatmeal breakfast/snack bars. These are really good, but next time I’d add maple syrup or a sweetener of some sort just to sweeten it up a bit. Enjoy!
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Nutrition information: Each bar has 140 calories and 4 grams of fiber!

Nutrition tip:  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A lot of people tend to skip breakfast, which is a major “no-no” for your health.  

Eating breakfast has many health benefits. It can help improve your concentration and energy levels throughout the day. It can also help with weight loss efforts. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast tend to eat larger meals at lunch and dinner. Try to aim for a nutritious breakfast made up of lean protein and whole grains. Your body will thank you!

Do you eat breakfast every day? What do you eat?

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7 Comments

  1. This looks good 🙂 This combination sounds really good 🙂

  2. These look awesome Kristin! Can’t wait to try in place of my usuual granola bar.
    Your website is so great!

    • admin

      February 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Betsy! I’m glad you like these. I ate one this morning (heated it up and drizzled maple syrup on top). It was delicious!

  3. These look wonderful.

  4. Hi, this recipe sounds awesome. Does the granola bar come out soft or crunchy? Do you think this would work with bananas instead of apples and replacing 1/4 Cup of the Flax with Protein powder?

    Thanks.

    • admin

      March 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Easily! Thanks for stopping by Operation Nutrition. This bar comes out soft, but if you cut the amount of almond milk, it would probably be a little crispier.
      I think they would taste amazing with using banana and protein powder. I’ll have to give that a try! 🙂

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