No time to eat breakfast? Understandable with our busy lives. Protein Smoothies are awesome but they do take a few minutes to create and you may get bored with them.
And when it is hot you don’t want to bake breakfast bars or make oatmeal. These don’t require baking. Just chill overnight, cut and eat! And I’ve got a bit of a story for you in a moment.
These breakfast bars are:
- full of nutrition it could take me a week to mention all fabulous vitamins, and minerals.
- Chock full of protein from the tahini, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds
- no nuts in case you are allergic or you can switch out the tahini for nut butter
- super yummy, oh I know it was already mentioned 🙂
My son tasted them and said they reminded him of my dad’s breadsticks. Now that was a surprise and honor! When I was growing up my dad loved to invent things and that included creating recipes. He made “breadsticks” that were way, way, way ahead of his time. You would know them as granola bars. His breadsticks were full of dried fruits, lots of grains and nuts. His were baked, some were thick or thin. My mom would say, “Pappy, I like the thin ones, etc”. My sister, Phyllis still makes his breadsticks. He also made homemade potato chips a few times way before food processors, I loved those! He made an elevator for lifting wood from our basement to our living room. His creations were not always very beautiful looking, rather rough on the edges. but he tried. 🙂
The problem with protein bars on the market are they have ingredients you can’t pronounce, are loaded with sugar and or they are so sticky that you feel you have to carry around floss and a toothbrush!
I worked on this recipe several times to make it stick together so it would not be too crumbly. The Coconut oil is key to keeping the ingredients to stick. The dates provide natural sweetness in these and help to stick it together. Yes, they will still crumble a bit but you can hold it without it completely falling apart.
I put dried cherries in my breakfast bars, so that they would not require any cutting of the dried fruit. You can put in whatever type you love.
Have fun with this recipe, love to hear what variations you try so let me know ok?
Nut Free No Bake Breakfast Bars
Nut free no bake breakfast bars that are easy to make and delicious!
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground + 2 Tbs water (flax egg)
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup dried cherries or other dried fruit
- 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds (hearts)
- 3 tablespoons each: sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup dates, pitted and soft if not soft add 1-2 tablespoons water microwave 30 seconds to soften
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup tahini or nut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- optional add a few seeds or dried fruit to top of bars to garnish
Put flax seeds and 2 tablespoons water (flax egg) in small cup, set aside.
Put all the other ingredients in food processor.
Add flax egg mixture to ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times to mix the ingredients well.
Line a 7 x 11 rectangular baking dish or 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
Press the mixture into a lined baking dish, press the mixture firmly to reduce crumbling.
If adding garnishing seeds or extra dried fruit press these to bars.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Cut into 10 bars and eat!
Keep them in refrigerator, divided with parchment paper and covered in plastic wrap to prevent crumbling. Enjoy!
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