Breakfast time, everybody up.
Yes, I’m sharing another oats recipe, but I promise it’s not boring. So I went through this phase a while back where I was so into baked oats. Literally, I’d eat it for breakfast every single morning.
Needless to say, after that much repetition I did get tired of it after a while but recently I’ve been craving it again. I also remembered that I’ve got some really ancient recipes that need updating and these almond vanilla bars came to mind. I called them “bars” for lack of a better word, but honestly it’s definitely closer to baked oats and you just cut it into bars.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s a great way to prep ahead and have breakfast or snacks ready for those busy mornings.
If you’re into overnight oats or any other way of eating cold cereal then you might enjoy these cold. I’ll definitely eat this recipe cold sometimes and I really like it that way. Personally though, my favorite way to eat this recipe is hot and slightly toasty on top. Oh, and I love to pile on all the berries and fruit (bet you’re surprised by that 😉 ). Basically any toppings you like for a basic bowl of oats works well here.
I just really enjoy this change up from a basic bowl of oats sometime, especially during the summer or when I’m in a hurry. Topping this with something crunchy like a sprinkle of cereal, nuts, and/or seeds is also a win! Oh, or this granola
Almond Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
- 1 apple quartered + seeds removed
- 4 teaspoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teapoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line an 8x8 inch square pan with parchment. Combine all the ingredients, except oats, in a blender or food processor and pulse until the apples are blended and the mixture is smooth.
Add the oats and pulse just a few times to combine then pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the top is golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes before eating.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.