Berry Breakfast Bars

February 7, 2012

in Gluten Free, Healthy Breakfast, Protein Bars, Recipes

These bars are so easy to make and very versatile.  They can be made no-bake (or bake!).  They make a perfect breakfast as they have everything that goes into a healthy breakfast. Wholesome ingredients like oats, peanut butter and coconut. Not only are they gluten-free, they also contain a hefty dose of protein.

I prefer the no-bake version as they are more chewy and less dry, but hubby thought they were good baked too.  If you prefer other fruit over blueberries/raspberries, you could do that too.  Strawberries, peaches, cherries or  apples would all be great too!

Berry Breakfast Bars
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Yield: 12
For the Bars:
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3 x 30 gram scoops (3/4 cup) whey protein, vanilla (If you'd like to omit protein, just add an extra ⅔ cup - ¾ cup oats)
  • ⅓ cup stevia baking formula (or 12-13 packets)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup water (may need an extra 1 Tbsp)
For the Topping:
  • ¾ cup blueberries (I used frozen)
  • ¾ cup raspberries (I used frozen)
  • 6 packets of stevia
  • pinch cinnamon
  • ½ tsp - 1 tsp cornstarch (mix with 1-2 Tbsp water for no-bake version. For bake version, just coat the berries with the cornstarch)
For the No-Bake version
  1. Mix together all the ingredients in the bars, and press into a greased (or sprayed) 9x9 pan.
  2. On the stove over medium heat, combine all the topping ingredients and simmer together until thickened (add extra cornstarch until its fairly thick).
  3. Pour the topping over the base and place in the fridge until set and cooled.
  4. Cut into 12 squares. Keep covered in the fridge.
For the Baked version
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients in the bars and press into a greased (or sprayed) 9x9 oven proof pan.
  3. The next step you could do 2 ways. 1) Sprinkle the topping over the base and bake. After 10 minutes you'll need to place your oven on broil "HIGH" for an additional 10 minutes until the berries reduce down and thicken.
  4. OR 2) On the stove over medium heat, combine all the topping ingredients and simmer together until thickened (add extra cornstarch until its fairly thick).
  5. Pour the topping over the base and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Cool and cut into 12 squares. Store in sealed container in the fridge.
Serving size: 1 bar (makes 12) Calories: 174 Fat: 8 g Carbs: 18 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 40 mg Fiber: 4.4 g Protein: 10 g

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  • Abby

    Has anyone tried these with quinoa instead of oats? I don’t tolerate grains well, but these look delicious!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      I haven’t tried it, but I would assume that the dried quinoa flakes would work quite well!

  • angie

    can you cut out peanut butter?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Peanut butter is what holds it together. You’d have to sub with something else like another nut or seed butter.

  • shelleymolitor

    what if I don’t want to use stevia? can i use maple syrup, or nothing at all?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      You can use whatever sweetener you want…maple syrup, honey, etc. If you use a caloric sweetener like that though…the nutrition will change.

  • LisaFalls

    These are so yummy! Since I was out of corn starch and didn’t think of a substitute, I made the no-bake bars without corn starch and was very pleased. The liquid from the berries soaked into the oat mixture perfectly. I will keep making these without the corn starch.

  • Kayla :)

    What could I replace the stevia baking formula for?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Any other sweetener you like….no calorie or honey etc. But nutrition will change.

  • Reg

    Can I use brown rice protein powder instead of the whey?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, you can! You may just need to add more liquid or water if its too dry. That’s happened to me before when using brown rice protein.

  • Blondie

    I’ve never had Stevia…never seen it before. Could I substitute honey or something else? These look delicious! I like having some at least semi-healthy snacks and breakfasts on hand, especially while I continue nursing a rambunctious toddler!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hi Blondie! Stevia in an all-natural no-calorie substitute for sugar. Yes, you could most definitely sub for honey. Just use the same amount as it calls for stevia.

  • Motherrimmy

    I’m an almond butter fan myself. I bet that would work just fine too. These look like a terrific way to start the day!

  • Shannon_ambeau

    I am not a fan of coconut anything else will work??

    • Kristine Fretwell

      You could just leave it out and add extra oats instead.

      • Shannon Ambeau

        THanks so  much!!

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Would any other kind of protein powder work?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Do you mean like brown rice protein or hemp protein, etc? It probably would, I would just use a bit less (2 scoops instead of 3) and you might need a bit more water. I find with proteins besides whey, if you use too much it can taste overpowering. Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy,

  • Randy

    Do you think these would work without the Stevia?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      They would probably work fine without the stevia. They just wouldn’t be as sweet 😉 Vanilla flavored protein powder does lend some sweetness though.

  • 2moejo3

    Can I use Agave syrup instead of Stevia? If so, what do you think the exchange would be?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Agave could work. Try with 1/4 cup, and use a bit more if not sweet enough.

  • Jennifer Chorazy

    Sounds yummy! I just pinned it! Going to try it next week!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Nice!! 🙂

  • Angela

    These sound so great Kristine! Whenever I bake I’m always looking for ways to put protein powder in and these sound perfect. 🙂

    • Kristine Fretwell

      You can’t taste the protein, so they are a great sneak in 😉

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Ooh I love the protein power in these and the berry topping! A lighter treat than heavier chocolate things! Thanks Kristine!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes! I don’t like chocolate in the morning, so these are perfect!

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