This weekend, my mom and sister are off on a long train trip, and on the weekdays now, the hub is commuting an hour plus by bus in the morning. All of this travel calls for portable, delicious breakfast/snack options to make the rides a little sweeter. We had a bunch of fruit rounding the bend on the fruit platter, so I thought I'd try my hand at concocting some healthy, oat-y breakfast bars.
101 Cookbooks (Big Sur Power Bars looked appealing), and Smitten Kitchen (Raspberry Breakfast Bars sound amazing), but after a long, hard look at our pantry, I decided to just wing it and come up with my own recipe, based on what we had and what I felt like using. The result?
SMJ's Fruitilicious Breakfast Bars
2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 Tablespoons Earth Balance soy margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance
3 cups mixed chopped fruit or berries (I used 1 smashed banana, 1 chopped banana, 1 chopped pear, 1/2 cup of raspberries, 1/2 cup of blueberries, and some random blackberries for good measure)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour or cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1) Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 9" x 13" pan.
2) Mix the bottom layer: in a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the melted Earth Balance and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan with your fingers. (I also use the bottom of a stainless steel measuring cup to help make the crust flat and even.)
4) Mix up the fruitiness! Put the fruit in the bowl you mixed the bottom layer in and toss it with the vanilla extract, sugar and flour or cornstarch. Pour the fruit mixture over the bottom layer in the pan, spreading with a spatula to create an even layer.
5) Spread the top layer evenly over the fruit mixture.
7) Let the bars cool completely before cutting into sqaures. Store in a cool place or refrigerate.