Friday, September 26, 2008

PB&J Oatmeal-to-Go

The ideal: have a family breakfast with your child every morning at the table. The reality: there are mornings when you just need to hurry and feed your child breakfast on the go! These bars are a bowl of oatmeal in bar form... and a lot easier to eat in the car! Warning: they are barely sweetened, so add more syrup if you want them to be more like a cookie.

PB&J Oatmeal-to-Go
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes

1/2 cup milk or milk substitute (rice milk, soy, etc.)
2 egg whites
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
4-5 tsp jelly

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8x8" baking pan with non-stick spray. Whisk together the milk, egg whites, applesauce, maple syrup, peanut butter, canola oil, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until well combined. Stir in the oats until well mixed. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Dollop the jelly by half-teaspoonfuls into 9 mounds onto the batter. Bake for 25 minutes, until the bars are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cut into 9 bars, so that one jelly dollop is in the center of each bar. Enjoy!

Abby loves these - and as a bonus for dieting mommies, as prepared each bar is about 100 calories! Woohoo!


Carol Beth said...

Mmm, sounds good. I may try these tomorrow...with a little extra maple syrup mixed in. :)

Jeni said...

Do you know how I can make these nut free for dd's class? I have snack next week and thought these would be good for one of the days!

I'm a clueless cook but trying to learn!

Kara said...

Hi Jeni! You could just replace the 1 Tbsp peanut butter with 1 Tbsp canola oil or butter. I hope the kids enjoy!

Carol Beth said...

I just made these, Kara, and they were delicious! I didn't have any applesauce so I used half of an overripe banana instead, and it turned out well. Probably added to the sweetness since I used more than 2 Tbsp banana. I'll look forward to making it with applesauce in the future.

Anyway, such a yummy alternative to packaged breakfast foods. I think we'll be making these frequently. Thanks!

Kara said...

Banana sounds like a great flavor addition! I'm so glad you liked them!

Jeni said...

So I have these baking in the oven and I realized I left out the milk. I just followed the ingredients listed in the directions! LOL Yikes! Would I have put the milk in with the other wet items?

Of course I also tripled the recipe!!!!

Kara said...

Oh no!!! Good catch! I just fixed it - yes, milk would have been whisked in first with the wet ingredients. I blame my 3 month old - she doesn't let me get enough sleep, and apparently I biff directions! I'm so sorry!! :-(

Jeni said...

Well they are done and I don't recommend them without milk! :) I have to get more rolled oats and I'll try again tomorrow! LOL