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What does your typical breakfast look like? Whether you’re running out the door with a protein bar in hand or have the time to eat a full bowl of cereal while reading the morning headlines, it’s important that you’re giving your body the essential nutrients it needs for the day.
In fact, it’s vital that we give our bodies the right amount of nutrients at the right time, especially in the morning. John L. Ivy, PhD explained in his study, “Breakfast is a critical meal because it influences practically every dimension of our being during the course of the day, including how we perform physically and mentally.”
So, what’s a great breakfast meal that will give you the boost for the day that’s also quick and easy? Instead of your packaged protein bar, here’s some easy to make low carb breakfast bars that you can take on the go. They also work as the perfect midmorning or midafternoon healthy snack!
Read below to discover health benefits, ingredients that can be swapped and directions for the gluten free breakfast bars recipe.
Why strawberries and oatmeal?
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Moreover, adding strawberries to your diet is a great way to protect your health as they have high levels of antioxidants.
Oats are one of the healthiest grains commonly found in baked goods and breakfast meals, such as oatmeal and certain types of cereal. Oats contain more dietary fiber than any other grain, are a good source of vitamins, such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, selenium, magnesium, B-vitamins and zinc. Like strawberries, incorporating oats into your diet can help protect your health.
What ingredients can you swap out?
When making these breakfast bars, feel free to replace the butter with an alternative such as olive oil, Greek yogurt or applesauce.
- Use ¾ cup of olive oil for every cup of butter required
- Use ½ cup of Greek yogurt for every cup of butter required
- Use equal amounts of applesauce as butter required
You can also replace the strawberries with other berries, such as acaí berries, blueberries or blackberries. Like strawberries, these berries are also high in antioxidants.
Read on to learn how to make this simple breakfast treat that will help you power through the day.
Gluten Free Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup certified gluten free oats
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup almond flour
1 stick butter melted
2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
¼ cup sliced almonds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8X8 pan with coconut oil. Next, in a large bowl add in all the dry ingredients and mix well.
Add in the melted butter and mix. Press ½ of the mixed crust to the bottom of the pan.
Add a layer of the freshly sliced strawberries and top with the remaining crust.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!