These Healthy Breakfast Bars are made with nutritious ingredients like rolled oats, ground flaxseed, Greek Yogurt and eggs. They're soft-baked, mouth-wateringly delicious and will keep you going all morning long. And did I mention chocolate?? These breakfast bars have the perfect hint of sweetness too. Bake a batch today!
Healthy Breakfast Bars come to the morning rescue!
These soft-baked healthy breakfast bars are the near-perfect bite to start your morning.
When you find a breakfast bar that isn't shellacked in sugar like so many other granola bars out there, it's truly a cause for celebration.
These oatmeal bars are filled with healthy carbs, a hit of protein and a taste of chocolate to boot.
When you first go gluten-free, it can be hard to get your head around what to eat in the morning.
Combine that with the fact that you've got like all of 5 minutes to eat something, you need a breakfast that's gluten-free, healthy and easy.
If you have some time on the weekend, make a batch of these breakfast bars and you'll always have something nutritious to eat.
Check out these healthy and gluten-free muffins and breads that could totally fuel your morning too:
📝Ingredients for healthy oatmeal breakfast bars
- Gluten Free Oats - my go-to brand is Only Oats
- Gluten Free Flour Blend - I use Bob Red Mill's
- Ground flax seed
- Brown sugar
- Unsweetened applesauce
- 1 banana, mashed
- Greek Yogurt
- Vanilla extract (optional)
- Baking soda
- Chocolate chips - I love a semi-sweet mini chocolate chip for this recipe like these ones but you can really use any kind you have in the house
🥣How to make healthy breakfast bars
Here's the high-level steps to make these healthy breakfast bars:
- Pre-heat your oven and mix together the applesauce and the brown sugar.
2. Add bananas, eggs, yogurt and vanilla.
3. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips and oats and stir.
5. Spread the mixture into a prepared 13x9" pan.
6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 22-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Here's a couple swaps to make if you're looking to change it up:
- Flours - you can substitutes about ½ of the 1:1 Gluten-Free flour for oat flour. Your breakfast bars will be slightly chewier as a result. If you want to use coconut flour in this recipe, for goodness sakes, proceed with caution. Just replace about ⅓ of the 1:1 flour with coconut flour. Coconut flour soaks up moisture like crazy so you have to watch it when you put it in baked goods
- Dried fruit - instead of chocolate chips, you could throw some dried fruit in the batter, like dried cranberries
- Applesauce - this recipe calls for unsweetened, plain applesauce but if you have another flavour of applesauce (also unsweetened) give it a try. I've used a peach flavour before and it worked great
- Frozen bananas - I've made these granola bars so many times and they're a great way to use up those frozen bananas in your freezer. Just defrost the frozen bananas in the microwave and drain any excess water that comes off them after defrosting. Then use in the granola bars as per the instructions.
All you need for this healthy granola bar recipe is a 13x9" baking pan, a couple of mixing bowls, measuring cups and measuring spoons, and a whisk and / or large spoon for mixing the ingredients.
🥡Storage and Freezing
These healthy breakfast bars freeze beautifully.
After bringing the pan out of the oven, let them cool. Then cut the bars into approximately 24. Wrap the bars in parchment paper and freeze either in an air-tight container or in a Ziplock bag.
Freeze for up to 3 months. Take out of the freezer the night before you want to enjoy them and thaw on the counter at room temperature.
Hope you love these healthy oatmeal breakfast bars like we do❣️
PS. Looking for more healthy and yummy snack recipes?
Check these recipes out:
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Energy Bars
- Healthy Gluten-Free Granola
- Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raspberry Breakfast Bites (gluten-free)
- Puffed Quinoa Bars with Almond Butter
This post was originally published on February 20th, 2020. Updated copy and re-published on December 2nd, 2022.
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Healthy Breakfast Bars (gluten-free)
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup mashed banana (1 medium)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups gluten-free flour like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- ½ cup chocolate chips optional
- Heat oven to 350º F (180º C) and line a 13x9" (33 cm x 23 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
- Combine brown sugar and applesauce together by hand until in a medium bowl.
- Add banana, yogurt, eggs and vanilla. Whisk by hand to combine.
- In a separate large bowl, combine flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
- Spread dough onto the prepared 13 x 19 inch (33 cm x 48 cm) baking pan.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 22-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool on a rack in the pan for about 15 minutes. Once cooled, cut into 24 bars.