How to Make Yummy / Healthy Breakfast Bars

A finished breakfast bar and some of the base ingredients.

My husband challenged me to come up with a recipe for a healthier breakfast bar (low in sugar and low fat).  I searched the Internet and found a base recipe, then altered it over the months.  The below is my favorite version as it's lightly sweet and a little salty (a nice balance), but we have tried it with peanut butter and it was pretty good too.  If you do try it with peanut butter, try 1/3 cup to begin with then reduce the amount of oil and the amount of salt by half.



2/3 Cup Canola Oil

4 Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal

1-Teaspoon Salt

½ Cup Honey (obviously the bar will be sweeter if you use more honey, but more honey will also help the bar to stick together better / be less crumbly)

3 Teaspoons Vanilla

Canola Cooking Spray   

Optional Ingredients

¼ Cup Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup Dried Berries (Cherries or Cranberries)

¼ Cup Sliced, Slivered or Chopped Almonds 



Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix the Oats, Salt and any Optional Ingredients (chips, dried fruit, nuts).

Add the Oil, Vanilla and Honey and mix well.

Press the breakfast bar mix firmly into the 9 x 13 pan.

Place in oven and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Allow to cool, then place in refrigerator so that they harden some more.

After bars are cool and firm, cut into small squares then wrap them individually so that they can be taken “to-go.” Store in refrigerator (they tend to get crumbly once they reach room temperature).



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Tianna on Mar 10, 2012:

Yum yum and yum ! Finally found a gluten free (gluten free oats), dairy free, sugar free oat bar! 

I used a lot of organic peanutbutter and instead of oil, used vegan margarine. Added 2 tsp of cocoa, a few splashes of cinnamon , dried fruit and dates. I also rolled them into granola bars per-baking. a-mazing! 

Jessica S. on Oct 11, 2011:

Thanks for the recipe! Came across this by a google search for breakfast bars and they're now in the oven. Can't wait to try them out! And REALLY don't worry about that nutcase above saying these are so horrible...we all do what we can, and what we feel is best. I did substitute coconut oil for the canola, but other than that I'm very pleased with the "healthiness" of this recipe :P

Anonymous on Sep 01, 2009:

I would like the nutritional values, please.


Anonymous on Apr 21, 2009:

Any options for making them without the addition of unhealthy ingredients like honey which adversely affects blood sugar and contributes to candida, sugary conventional chocolate, gluteny oats and unhealthy canola oil which has many studies showing its contribution to disrupting brain functioning among other issues.

As it is, its still an unhealthy combination of ingredients. Healthier than twinkies for sure, and sadly almost every "nutrition" and food bar sold is in fact still quite unhealthy with its use of various candida causing, sugary filled, non-organic ( thus sprayed with countless illness causing poisons ), unhealthy oils and poor food combing like using fruits with other foods.

ZolaClaire on Nov 27, 2007:

Thanks for the comments - they really are 'simply' tasty and as long as you don't add too many chocolate chips, you won't feel bad about having them as a snack.  

Sorry - I don't know anything about buying ingredients of any kind online.  I try to buy "organic" produce etc. when shopping, unless the price is inflated to the point that it's double... the budget side of my brain won't let the health-smart side pay double...

getchoretro on Nov 27, 2007:

Sounds delicious! The ingredients seem simple enough - I have everything but the dried berries and almonds. =)

leosatter on Nov 27, 2007:

Just out of curiosity….Do you know where I can get quality organic/vegan ingredients online? I am now trying to order from online stores only because of various reasons…….can you help me with any suggestions??????

There is only one place, out of all that I have tried that really stood out for true quailty, and that is Celebrityfoods.

If you can help me grow my list of quality services or stores, where I can buy my food, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you!

Inkie1101 on Nov 26, 2007:

These look yummy! I'll have to try it.

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