Give Me a Fruit Bar!

I love eating breakfast.  I’ve definitely taken the advice that you should eat breakfast every single morning and if I skip it one day, I usually end up feeling very sluggish.  I tend to be a creature of habit with certain things and my breakfast is one of them.  On weekdays I alternate between plain oatmeal sweetened with honey, greek yogurt sweetened with honey, Cheerios, or waffles, always a piece of fruit on the side.

I wanted to mix up my routine a little bit while sticking to its roots, so I pulled out an old recipe that I snagged from US Weekly probably over a year ago.

I added a few variations to the recipe, as I tend to do . . . I doubled the recipe so I could feed myself, my mom, and my dad.  Instead of strawberries, I cooked up an apple with some honey and cinnamon until it softened and then I added it to the mixture.  I also used agave syrup instead of artifical sweeter (my dad claims he can always taste artifical sweetener in food and will not eat anything if it’s cooked with it, I am also trying to steer clear of artifical sweetners and start using natural sweetners, like honey and agave syrup).  I wanted my bars to be more dry, like granola bars, so I added an extra cup of oats. 

For a little more sweetness, sprinkle cinnamon throughout the mixture.  Also, before you pop them in for the second and final bake, drizzle a little honey and sprinkle some cinnamon overtop.  The bars can be bland if you don’t try to add a little something extra to sweeten them up!

All in all, I thought they turned out great and I am excited to eat them tomorrow morning as an accompaniment to my greek yogurt and sliced apple!

Strawberry-Oat Energy Bars With Yogurt


Serves 2
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup egg whites
3 tsp Splenda
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt


Preheat oven to 350. Combine sliced strawberries, oats, egg whites and 1 teaspoon of Splenda. Coat a shallow baking dish with cooking spray, and pour the strawberry mixture into the dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Increase oven temperature to 425. Slice into bars, and remove from baking dish. Recoat dish with cooking spray. Place bars back in dish in the oven for 5 minutes until golden brown. Mix remaining sugar into yogurt, and serve as a dipping sauce

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