Healthy bars filled with apricots, oats and chia seeds is a delicious after school snack or grab one for breakfast.
I am having to start thinking out of the box when it comes to my husband’s breakfast. He wants something he can grab and eat in the car. He also prefers his breakfast to be vegetarian. Really the meatless part is just an excuse for him to happily eat all the carbs he wants. Since I’ve already made a lot of baked oatmeal recipes, I decided to go with something that would work equally as well for an after school snack for my daughter. That is where these Apricot Chia Oat Bars come in. You can grab a couple for breakfast or one for a snack. They are double duty deliciousness.
I really enjoyed them too which is a little unusual as I am not a fan of ready made granola bars and cereal bars. I think I have tried them all, and almost all of them have a funky taste. Plus they are too sweet. As much as I love something a little sweet, I hate it in the morning. These have no strange taste. They are filled with healthy ingredients and fiber. Plus they are pretty easy to make. This is a recipe even your kids could make.
I saw a recipe similar to this in one of my cookbooks, Healthy. My daughter thinks I have 1000 cookbooks. Umm, maybe 999 but I don’t think 1000. I can’t help it. I read cookbooks like a novel. My daughter also wanted to know why I had a large stack of magazines, and why didn’t they go in the recycling. I told her I had not pinned the recipes I wanted to save yet. She asked me why I didn’t do it right after I had read the magazine. I should do it right away. I had to laugh, that is what I do in my spare time I explained. You should just do it right away she insisted. I asked if I should do it instead of getting her breakfast or making her lunch for school. She growled at me. I know the stack is getting rather large but I haven’t had much spare time. When she gets a little older, I think I’ll add that to her chores list.
In the meantime, finding double duty recipes like Apricot Chia Oat Bars helps. It is a snack or breakfast in one. Whip up a batch for yourself. Be sure to come back Sunday for Breakfast Burritos.
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Apricot Chia Oat Bars
- ½ cup light spreadable butter like Brummel & Brown
- ½ cup natural applesauce peach flavored
- 1/3 cup brown sugar not packed
- ¼ cup agave
- 1 cup finely diced dried apricot
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 3 ½ cups rolled oats not quick cooking
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, heat butter, applesauce sugar and agave over medium-low heat until butter melts. Stir often.
Turn off the heat and stir in apricots, chia seeds and oats.
Pour into baking pan and even out with a spatula. Press down to compact bars.
Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, bars should be golden brown.
While bars are in the pan, cut into 12. Place baking pan onto wire rack and cool completely before removing bars.
Store in an air-tight container for two to three days.
I calculated 11 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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