Sunday, 5 October 2008

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

From time to time I go into Stepford Wife mode and start to bake little treats for my husband to take to work in the morning. I know - I am faintly ashamed of it. But he is a bit prone to missing breakfast and then not finding anything nutritious for lunch... So I am always on the lookout for healthy things that won't get too squashed in his laptop bag.

Esi's Oatmeal Breakfast Bars certainly fit the bill. I left out the lavender because it smells like my grandmother and tastes like soap... and I made a few other changes to fit what I had in the pantry. So instead of pistachios I used a mixture of sunflower and pumpkin seeds (maximum nutrition and fibre!) and instead of honey (because I would have had to open a fresh jar) I used Seville orange marmalade.Very successful! Chewy, moist and satisfying. There won't be any left by the time Monday comes around, so I might have to buy some more yoghurt and make another batch. Maybe with some dried sour cherries and the pistachios, and trying using honey as per the original recipe this time!

17 comments:

HH said...

Oh they sound delicious FC! I like the idea of the marmalade in them too. I think sour cherries and pistachioes would be great as I make some, from Nigella Express, which have crasins, mixed seeds (well I used almonds), peanuts and coconut which are great!

kat said...

These would be great to make before a trip for those times you need a quick power snack, better than a store bought bar!

Esi said...

Nice job with the bars! I like your modifications

Foodycat said...

HH - craisins, peanuts and coconut sounds wonderful!

Kat - totally. The store bought ones are always so sweet and they usually have a lot of weird stuff in them that I really don't think is food!

Esi - thank you for the recipe!

Nazarina A said...

It is been such a long time that I have made oatmeal bars. You have inspired me with your recipe. Thank you!

Laurie said...

They look so yummy! My teenage daughter never has time for breakfast, but those would be perfect as she runs out the door.

Thanks for the inspiration, once again. I have a little award for you at my blog by way of appreciation for all your great tips and encouragement.

Joie de vivre said...

Foodycat, the comment about your grandmother is hilarious because it is so frank and truthful. I'm sorry she's spoiled lavender for you.

Leslie said...

Oh yum! And LOL..lavender smells like your grandma..too funny!!!!
Thanks for your recent comments on my blog!

mscrankypants said...

Oh yum, and I like HH's variations as well.

Foodycat said...

Nazarina - you are welcome! I love how recipes travel the blogosphere.

Laurie - thank you!

Joie - just spoiled lavender as a flavour. It makes it a bit cannibalistic!

Leslie - you are welcome! I like your blog.

Cranky - HH is a good baker, I think we can trust her variations.

kittie said...

I love healthy things that stop me going to the vending machine for chocolate!

I wouldn't have thought to put marmalade in there - sounds great!

Foodycat said...

You should have a look at Deb in Hawaii's wheatgermy chocolate things then! The orange from the marmalade is good, but I think the texture would be better with honey.

puppymomma said...

This is just the kind of thing that I'd love to make and bring to work. Because it's also the kind of thing that I would have absolutely no self control with. (he he).

I'd skip the lavender too. :)

Natashya said...

These would be perfect for my commuters. I do make breakie for hubby but my daughter can't bring herself to eat first thing in the morning. Something like this would be perfect.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Thous sound great. I would love to try and make these I like that they are soft and chewy and not hard. great job.

Cooking and the City said...

They do look good, love the idea of the marmalade :-)

Foodycat said...

Meryl - I took a piece to work for breakfast the other day and it was ideal!

Natashya - I can't eat first thing either. Anything that is as convenient as a croissant but healthier is a good thing.

Mommy's kitchen - these couldn't be easier - have a go!

Cooking & the city - you could vary them with other flavours of jam, I think.

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