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
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.
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.
Here's one of my favorites.. I use a scale, goes faster and fewer dishes! Cutting into bars is quick, but you can just make balls if you want.
8 oz 1 cup almond butter
6 oz 1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
9 oz 3 cups old fashioned oats
3 oz 1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 oz 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients together; mix well. Dump onto cutting board covered with wax paper, and form into a large square, about a ½ inch thick. Cut into 1 or 1 ½ inch squares. Place squares on another piece of wax paper, refrigerate.
Try baked oatmeal. There are a lot of variations but they're like big oatmeal cookies. I like them best when you let the batter sit overnight and then bake. This is a general idea:
You can make it healthier using applesauce instead of butter and egg whites instead of whole eggs (two whites per egg).
We made these snacks over the weekend and they were super easy, will keep for more than two weeks easy and very tasty. I thought I'd post to this thread in case the OP was looking for a few new ideas. The recipe calls for drying the balls out but we liked them moist and expect that just sitting out they will become drier on their own.