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Jan 13, 2013 11:53 PM

Homemade breakfast bars - clever ideas?

I live in a dorm on campus with no access to an oven, though I do have a fridge.

I need to make breakfast on the go, and I was thinking of making breakfast bars using oatmeal. However, I was wondering how I could get the oats to stick to each other. I would rather not use peanut butter because it can give me an upset stomach -- any other ideas? Also, it doesn't really have to taste that good, I only require it be healthy and enough to get me through until lunch.

Thank you for the tips! Greatly appreciate.

-Student in Need

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  1. I love this recipe for breakfast bars:

    It's a smitten kitchen recipe. It's easy, healthy and tasty.

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    1. re: eviemichael

      Ah! I'm so sorry, I must have skipped over the part where you say you don't have an oven. :-/ FAIL.

      Maybe honey would bind it enough, especially after some time in the fridge...?

    2. You can google raw food breakfast bars and get some ideas.

      Here are two that I just found:

      You will also find some ideas here (look for balls, rather than bars):

      1. Would making homemade trail mix be easier? In college we'd pool our money head to the health store and buy bags of nuts, dried fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon. We'd mix the everything together in a bowl and then enjoy it with milk or dry on the go. Kept fresh a long time and we didn't have to fuss with heating, binding together or cutting into bars.

        Honey, brown rice syrup, Agave, corn syrup, egg whites will all bind a breakfast bar mix together but without some minimal baking you'll need a good deal of minced fruit to bind it and then refrigeration to keep the bars from spoiling. More work.

        I would recommend trail mix, lots of combinations and no fuss.

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        1. re: HillJ

          Yeah, trail mix does sound like a great idea! I think I'll head over to the store and buy me some goods. Thanks for your ideas everyone

        2. I like HillJ's trail mix idea. Stir it into a little, or a lot, of plain yoghurt in reusable plastic containers with lids (or buy a few small yoghurts and wash and reuse them). Save plastic spoons from fast food joints, or buy a pack (they're pretty cheap). Wash and reuse them, too. It would be great if you could put the spoon in the container for ease of bringing it home.

          1. How about another nut butter, such as almond or sunflower?