Happy Sunday everybody!
I usually like to spend my Sundays preparing myself for the week ahead. I’ll do things like catch up on cleaning and grocery shopping, and this week I thought it was time to try some meal prep as well. It’s one of those things I always talk about, but rarely actually do. Tell me I’m not alone here, guys!
Anyway, this week I decided to plan ahead with some breakfast for myself and my husband. We both work from home, so it’s not too difficult to make lunches and dinners on the spot, but for some reason breakfast is a meal we easily neglect. The mornings always seem to be the busiest time of day for us, and we often find ourselves with grumbly tummies in the early afternoon, realizing we haven’t really eaten yet.
But no more!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so if we don’t have time to make something in the mornings, I’ll just have to start preparing things ahead of time! That’s where these bars come in. Oatmeal, berries, and a peanut butter glaze have created what is possibly my new favourite breakfast. Not only did this recipe make enough bars for the two of us to enjoy almost the whole week, these PBJ Breakfast Bars are also:
- Super easy
Here’s a secret: they can also be made for dessert!
Preheat your oven to 375°F and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Slowly add in the coconut oil and mix everything together. Scoop out about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest into the baking dish, spread evenly, and press it down.
Measure out about 2 cups of berries of your choice. I used a mixture of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. If you’re using strawberries like I did, make sure to slice them into smaller pieces before measuring them out. Spread berries over the oat mixture in your baking dish, drizzle with fresh lemon juice, and sprinkle with cornstarch and sugar.
Crumble your remaining oat mixture on top of the berries, and throw it all in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the top begins to turn golden brown. Once the bars are ready, place them in the fridge to cool for a few minutes while you make the peanut butter glaze.
For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and peanut butter in a bowl until there are no clumps remaining. You can adjust the recipe to a thickness of your liking by adding more milk to thin it, or more powdered sugar to thicken the glaze. Once mixed, take the bars out of the fridge, evenly pour glaze over top, and place back in fridge for at least an hour or two before enjoying.
Easy PBJ Breakfast Bars
These berry oatmeal bars with peanut butter glaze are the perfect pre-made breakfast, or delicious dessert. A healthy bite for your sweet tooth any time, any place.
- 1 cup Rolled Oats (not quick oats!)
- 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/3 cup Golden Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
- 2 cups Mixed Berries
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Corn Starch
- 1-2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon)
- 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
- 2-3 tbsp Almond Milk
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 375°F and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- Step 2 Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly stir in coconut oil.
- Step 3 Remove about 1/2 cup of mixture and set aside. Pour the rest into the baking dish, spread evenly, and press down.
- Step 4 Measure out 2 cups of berries of your choice (if using larger berries, slice first) and spread overtop of the mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Take the oat mixture you set aside earlier and crumble it on top.
- Step 5 Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top begins to turn golden brown. When finished, place in the fridge for a few minutes to cool while you prepare the glaze.
- Step 6 Whisk powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and peanut butter together until there are no clumps remaining. Remove bars from fridge and carefully pour glaze over the top. Place back in fridge, and allow to cool for at least an hour before enjoying.