Breakfast in one hand

Oh goodness, it’s been a week and a half since I last posted.  I have a long list of topics/recipes to share, but between the heat, my undone to-do list and life with 2 little kids, I haven’t had the time to settle down and think clearly.  In addition to life itself, I’d have to guess that the fact that I haven’t done well with my own personal nutrition lately would probably be a reason for my fatigue and lack of focus.  Breakfast has been at the bottom of my daily routine.  I make it, but as in today’s case, I only got a few bites in before Sylvia woke up and needed fed, once she was done, I had a toddler meltdown to diffuse.  Once that was done, there were visitors and cookies in the oven and suddenly, it was lunchtime and my breakfast plate was sitting on the counter, cold and sad.  
This bar “cookie” is my current solution.  I tripled the amount of oats in the original recipe and used whole wheat flour.  Instead of raisins, I used cranberries and then threw in some dark chocolate chips.  This recipe makes a 9×13 pan that can be sliced and wrapped individually.  You can then freeze these bars as well if you choose to make a double batch.
Mama needs a grab-n-go breakfast bar
  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 (scant) c. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 -2 1/2 cup. flour
  • 3 cups whole oats
  • 1 1/2 cup mix ins (cranberries, chocolate chips, peanut butter chunks, raisins, dried apricots, etc.)

Melt the butter completely and then stir in the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt.  Add in the applesauce.  Once the butter isn’t scalding hot (adding the applesauce will bring the temperature down), whisk the 2 eggs and add them to the mix.  Stir in the baking soda and powder, oats and 2 cups of flour.  Add more flour if needed to make the batter slightly stiff in texture.  Stir in your mix-ins and then spread across the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish (well greased).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.

**You could certainly feed this bar to your cheflets as long as they are comfortable with chewing and have tried whatever extra fruit you decide to mix in.  If you are nursing, oats are known for helping your milk supply, however, from personal experience, I’d suggest not eating these every day… lots of fiber can lead to lots of gas in the little ones!

2 Replies to “Breakfast in one hand”

  1. I’m a huge supporter of veegigs for breakfast it’s something I’ve been doing for years. It started even before I was a runner when I got plagued with acid reflux and one of the triggers was all the fruit I ate in the morning. I thought to myself ‘what’s vitamin rich like fruit but has less acidity?’ Veggies. So I took the ‘pair my faves with a side of veg’ approach.My weekday breakfast regimine almost always consists of vegetables. My standard breakfasts are:Smaller bowl of oats w/ some flax, dried fruit or fresh berries, skim milk, sprinkle of brown sugar. With that 1oz of lean meat (turkey, chicken) with steamed veg (mushrooms, asparagus, zuchinni, broccoli, peppers, etc)Second breakfast: Whole grain cereal w/ skim milk and fresh fruit (maybe a few nuts) With that a scrambled egg+white and steamed veg.I also love omelettes with veegigs on the weekends yummmmmm!

    1. 1. Weight Watchers Canadian Bacon Egg McMuffin and a banana.2. I dont rellay have a water goal. I naturally drink 3-5 liters of water a day, so that’s never been an issue for me!3. I think this year I’m going to focus on not gaining more than 3 lbs or maintaining. Last year I was rellay focused on not allowing myself to indulge in some of my favorite holiday treats and it wound up back firing on me. I rellay missed those things that I can only have 1 time a year! I am also not going to let it be a whole month, but maybe allow myself those indulgences for a 1-2 week period.4. A case of wine from my favorite vineyard, a gift card for a massage, and the things on my amazon wishlist (camera, a few cookbooks, etc.)5. Love oats…rolled oats, old fashioned oats…oat bran!

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