Some mornings are busier than I would like to admit, which leaves precious little time for a relaxing breakfast. These healthy breakfast bars are incredibly easy to bake and are great to grab (even out of the freezer) when you’re on the go.
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- 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp. corn starch
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
- 1 cup ground almonds
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- 2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup honey
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9×13” baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the blueberries, cranberries, sugar, corn starch, lemon juice and lemon zest.
- In a separate large bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients until well combined. Set aside ¾ cup of this mixture in a separate bowl.
- Press the remaining oatmeal mixture firmly in the prepared baking pan (press this down as well as you can to make it compact).
- Spread the berry mixture evenly over the top of the prepared crust, and sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture evenly over the berries.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the berries have cooked down.
- Cool in the pan and cut into bars once completely cooled.