Breakfast. As they say, it is the most important meal of the day. As much as I would love to serve up a hot meal at the crack of dawn each morning, I don’t exactly foresee that happening. (Mom, I have no earthly clue how you were able to accomplish such a feat!)
“Big Breakfast Day” is a delicacy reserved for Saturday mornings… a special treat to celebrate the end to our week.
I am always on the lookout for new ideas to simplify our morning routine and get a quick, healthy breakfast in all those growling tummies!
One of my favorite staples are these healthy breakfast bars, a simple granola-type bar that takes about 5 minutes to mix together and a little longer to wrap up. They are super portable and perfect for grabbing on-the-go! I always stuff a couple in my handbag when heading out, because no matter where we are, or how recently they have eaten, one of my sweet little girls will… be… hungry.
The bars are rich in protein and just sweet enough that you will forget they are good for you! My kids gobble them up like crazy. (I form them in a round patty shape so my little ones call them “cookies!”) I have been making the bars for several years now and I could never go back to eating a store-bought granola bar. They don’t even come close!
I always double or triple this recipe and keep our freezer stocked with these treats!
½ c. whole flax seed
¼ c. dark cocoa powder or ½ c. semisweet chocolate chips (organic is best!)
½ c. natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
½ c. honey
½ – 1 c. HOT water
1. Stir ingredients together. (If adding chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder, add them last so they don’t melt too much.)
2. Form into individual sized patties, like hamburgers. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in freezer or fridge. OR press mixture into a 13 x 9 pan and chill in freezer for about 20 minutes. Cut evenly into squares and wrap in plastic wrap.
Makes about 16
Note: I prefer using the chocolate chips over the cocoa powder, simply due to the fact that I have small children. The dark cocoa powder can be a brown gooey mess in those little hands! Preserving my own sanity…
Note, Part Deux: To quickly (and cleanly!) form the patties, place a big heaping tablespoon of mixture on plastic wrap. Double wrap over the top of the mixture and mash down with the heel of your hand. Finish wrapping tightly.
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