What's the special ingredient in these breakfast bars? Good ol' fashioned Prunes. Yes, I know... There's nothing really glamorous about prunes. The internet is full of great apple, peach and pear recipes. But, prunes? I don't know of anyone who really goes out of their way to make a good recipe with prunes.
So, I took a risk with this recipe and it worked out really well. My 4 year old thinks prunes are as delectable as candy. So, when I recently made Cookie Butter Bars made with dates and they were a hit, I wanted to experiment a bit more with homemade breakfast bars.
Prunes are less expensive than dates, they're easy to find in the food store, and they're known to help digestion. Plus, these bars are really easy to make, they freeze well, and they're sweet and tasty. All good things!
Here's how to make these easy breakFast bars:
- 3 cups of Whole Pitted Prunes
- 2 cups of Almonds
- 1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips
- 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup of Oat Bran (optional)
1) Put the almonds into a food processor untill they are finely chopped. You really can't over do it, so just keep going until they are crushed very finely. The finer the better.
4) Once you have the almonds, chocolate and prunes all mixed up, transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter.
5) Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 glass baking pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Once the mixture is spread evenly, use the bottom of a glass to smooth it out.
Note: You can dust the bottom of your baking pan with Oat Bran and sprinkle it on top of the bars as well. It gives the breakfast bars a nice look and adds some extra nutritional value, but it's not necessary if you don't have any Oat Bran.
6) Cover it and refrigerate for 2 or more hours. Cut into pieces and enjoy!
I wish it hadn't taken me 6 years into Motherhood to learn that making your own healthy breakfast bars is so easy. What are your favorite homemade breakfast treats?