Breakfast oatmeal bars

Breakfast oatmeal bars

I read an article a little while back that claimed that there are two kinds of people: those that thrive on variety and crave novelty, and those that prefer the predictability and comfort of the same routine day after day. While I tend to get bored very easily, I do stick to routines for the more practical parts of life. Like grocery shopping, for example! I know which stores have the items on my list and even where the items are located inside those stores. That saves me time which, with my grocery-store-hating little people in tow, is precious.br /br /img alt="shopping cart" height="298" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8469/83909965380f2d816151.jpg" width="400" /br /br /When I was asked to create a healthy breakfast recipe for Save Mart Supermarkets, I had to try something new.br /br /img alt="save mart" height="298" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/83909959800b9cec9392.jpg" width="400" /br /br /I had never been to Save Mart before this week and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the customer service was great and I was able to find all of the ingredients that I needed for the breakfast oatmeal bars that I had dreamed up for this challenge!br /br /table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img alt="produce save mart" height="298" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8390996220b1cf270867.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Produce gardens!/td/tr/tbody/tabletable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img alt="bob's red mill save mart milk" height="400" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8090/83909957340eac2b025e.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="298" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Whole grains, non-dairy milks./td/tr/tbody/tabletable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img alt="save mart non-dairy milk" height="400" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/839099506647f5d563b2.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="298" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Refrigerated non-dairy milks./td/tr/tbody/tabletable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img alt="oats save mart" height="298" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/839099529250a61932b8.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Oats!/td/tr/tbody/tabletable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img alt="greek non-dairy yogurt save mart" height="298" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/83909955240cf3cffff8.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Greek-style non-dairy yogurt./td/tr/tbody/tabletable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img alt="berry sale save mart" height="298" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/838991239709aa863d5e.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Great deal on berries!/td/tr/tbody/tableFor my breakfast recipe, I wanted to create something that could be a grab-and-go breakfast for busy families and something that was easy to make with simple, familiar ingredients. For everyone that says that healthy food is weird or hard to make or contains ingredients that are impossible to find, this is for you! These bars are super healthy, vegan, and gluten free. In spite of all that, though, they are moist and yummy and made from easy-to-find, simple ingredients which can be purchased in any mainstream grocery store (including Save Mart!).br /br /biLook for my notes following the recipe for sneaking in extra goodies!/i/bbr /br /bimg alt="vegan blueberry oatmeal bars save mart" height="266" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8048/8389942753_58fc32212c.jpg" width="400" //bbr /br /bBreakfast Oatmeal Bars/bbr /iMakes 9 vegan, gluten-free bars/ibr /br /2 cups old-fashioned oatsbr /1/4 cup brown sugarbr /1/2 teaspoon cinnamonbr /2 teaspoons baking powderbr /1/4 teaspoon saltbr /1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, soy, rice, coconut, etc.)br /1 large extra-ripe bananabr /1 teaspoon vanilla extractbr /2 tablespoons nut butter (almond, peanut, etc.)br /1 teaspoon lemon zestbr /1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt (soy, almond, coconut, etc.)br /1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)br /olliPreheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (or lightly oil the pan). Combine all dry ingredients (oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt) in a medium bowl and set aside./liliPut all wet ingredients (milk, banana, vanilla, nut butter, lemon zest, and yogurt) in a blender and blend until smooth./liliPour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine. Fold in blueberries. Pour batter into the prepared pan.../li/olimg alt="vegan blueberry oatmeal bar batter save mart" height="265" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8391027412_8c3be06a66.jpg" width="400" /br /divbr //divdiv...then bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and firm. Let cool before cutting into 9 bars./divdivbr /img alt="baked vegan blueberry oatmeal bars save mart" height="266" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8389942541_da6cd5553b.jpg" width="400" / img alt="gluten free vegan blueberry oatmeal bars save mart" height="266" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8470/8389942289_3331bd4692.jpg" width="400" /br /br /ibEach bar contains approximately:/b 138 calories, 2 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of sugar./ibr /br /bNotes:/b Step 2 is where you can get "sneaky" if you wish. Feel free to add extra nut butter, veggies, protein powder, chopped nuts or seeds, or other extras here (see my a href="http://www.getnatured.com/2010/03/super-pancakes.html" title="super pancakes"Super Pancakes/a for more sneaky ingredient ideas)!br /br /br /br /ispan style="font-size: x-small;"**Legal note: I received Save Mart gift cards for creating this recipe and post. The opinions expressed about Save Mart in this post are honest and my own./span/ibr /br //div

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