Mornings are hard for me, I am definitely not a morning person. For years I have been trying to get up before my kids but I have only managed it a few times. Quick and nourishing breakfasts are a must for me because I wake up to hungry kids who want breakfast right away.
Baked Oatmeal Bars are perfect for those busy mornings and you can make them in any variation. We’ve made pumpkin spice, cranberry orange, apple cinnamon and carrot cake bars. They feel like a treat because they are slightly sweet so they will satisfy your sweet tooth, but they have no refined sugars and only a small amount of maple syrup so.
We bake them the night before and then they are ready to eat the next morning either heated up or cold. You can serve them on their own or (for those that can eat dairy) along side a bit of greek yogurt drizzled in maple syrup. I based this recipe off a similar one at Five Heart Home but made of few changes. I hope you enjoy it as much a our family does:
Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup coconut milk (or in a pinch warm water mixed with a few spoonfuls of coconut butter)
2 eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chia seeds or quinoa
1/2 cup chopped almonds (or any nut)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a small bowl mix oats, chia seed, nuts and spices. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl whisk pumpkin, milk, eggs,maple syrup and vanilla until combined.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- Spread mixture into greased baking dish.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until top is golden.