Monday, December 1, 2014

Beating a Breakfast Rut

Hey friends!  How's it going?  I've been working on beating a breakfast rut that I've been stuck in for months.  Literally, months.  Maybe you can relate?  I'm totally in a routine with my morning coffee, my commute, my lunches.  I crave routines.  I just haven't been able to find a breakfast routine.  It's been driving me crazy.

My previous job involved a one hour commute and breakfast at my desk - eight months have gone by.  I packed protein pancakes or egg white sandwiches.  My commute is much shorter and so I choose to eat breakfast before work, but I don't always have the biggest appetite.

My previous breakfast loves have been numerous.  During my dietetic internship and a few years beyond, oatmeal was basically my best breakfast friend. In graduate school, my breakfast love of choice was pancakes or fruit smoothies. Granola and greek yogurt seemed like the ultimate winner, until I made the connection that too much greek yogurt makes me break out.

I don't have time to sit down for a big meal anymore, leading to much frustration to find something quick but also healthy.  I wanted something high in fiber and protein that would keep me full until lunch.  I thought about my former breakfast loves and this recipe was born.

If my kitchen walls could talk: Feel free to jazz up this recipe with whatever mix ins you want to add!  Dried fruit, coconut, peanut butter. The possibilities are endless.  Feel free to swap out sugar for stevia or leave it out all together.

Baked Oatmeal Bars


2 cups oats
1/3 cup brown rice protein powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
1tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine oats, protein powder, brown sugar and baking powder in a large bowl, set aside.
2. Combine almond milk, vanilla, egg and applesauce in a small bowl.  Gently add wet ingredients to dry, stir until combined.
3. Spray a square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Add batter, spread chocolate chips on top.
4. Bake for 30 minutes until edges are lightly golden brown.  Cut into 6 rectangles.

What's your best breakfast? 

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