Admit it….do you skip breakfast? One of the most common diet myths I’ve heard is “skip meals to save calories and lose weight” and breakfast is usually the first meal to go.
Now let me divulge something, I am NOT usually a morning person. Coffee is my BFF. But I’m also not one of those women who is pleasant when she’s hungry. So, I make a point to eat breakfast every morning, both for the good of my health and the safety of others.
Check out the “Healthy & Happy” page to find out why breakfast is such a big deal.
But let’s face it, when you’re not a morning person, sleeping in a little while sounds a LOT better than cooking breakfast. Lately, I’ve been putting in a lot of time between clinicals, work, and school. We’re talking about 60 hrs a week…whew! Forgive me if I’m not a star nutrition student with a plate of egg whites and fruit every morning. (I will always make time for coffee though. Priorities.)
I’d been searching for something quick that I could make ahead and grab while I ran to my car. Then (yay!) RD’s at my clinical rotation gave me a recipe for breakfast oatmeal bars. These are filling, quick, and kind of remind me of french toast’s taste. A-mazing.
Breakfast Oatmeal Squares
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (NOT quick-cooking)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup
- 1/3 cup Splenda granulated sweetener
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients (oats thru cinnamon) and stir.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Pour into baking pan and smooth top.
- Bake 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 min, then turn out of pan and cut.
- Cut into 10 portions and wrap individually.
Serving: 1 bar. 80 calories, 2g fat, 0g saturated fat, 150mg sodium, 16g carbohydrates, 4g sugar, 2g fiber, 3g protein
So next time you have a hectic morning, grab a couple of these and some water (….and/or coffee) and you’re out the door!
Now, what’s your favorite breakfast food?