Life can be hectic. Life with children can make things even crazier: appointments, play dates, sports activities- we don’t always have time to sit down and enjoy breakfast. But one thing you do NOT want to do is skip the most important meal of the day. It’s called that for a reason- breakfast is the fuel that kick starts your mind and body. Would you drive your car without fuel? No. You wouldn’t get very far. So why do people try to push themselves through the day with any type of fuel? One of the biggest excuses is time. I understand, you want those extra minutes of sleep, you couldn’t find your keys, the kids were in slow motion. Life happens. So what do I do when I don’t have time for eggs, orange juice and toast? I used to scour my cupboards for a breakfast bar or even worse, a pop tart. As you know they are pretty far from healthy, but convenience was taking over. So instead of ripping open another bad decision I decided to make my own breakfast bars, and they are quite delicious.
They are gooey, chewy and oh so tasty. They take about an hour to make between preparation and cook time. Make them the night before if you need them in a rush. But, if you can spare that extra hour, eating one fresh from the oven mm mm you will not regret it. My kids smile from ear to ear when I put one in front of them. (they are a special treat for them) If you are ready to ditch the pre-packaged bars, then this recipe if for you. And if you are a terrible baker like me, this is also the recipe for you. I am AWFUL at baking and even I didn’t mess these up.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Bars
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
5 1/2 cups milk
1/2 up peanut butter (I used PB2)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips
Directions: In a large pot- combine the oats, brown sugar, milk, peanut butter and beaten eggs. Cook over medium heat stirring regularly until it has thickened. (15-20 minutes) Once you have reached a thick texture add in the raisins and stir again. Pre-heat your oven to 350 and grease a 9*13 pan. Pour in the oatmeal mixture and top with the chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let sit 5 minutes before cutting. Serve warm and be ready to fall in love. You will never go back to those other bars again.
(I cut them into bars and packaged in individual zip locks so I can take them on the go- they are chewy and not as hard as a typical breakfast bar but you can still eat on the run)
There is no need to give up healthy and delicious for a quick meal. There is also no reason to skip breakfast. The only thing you should be skipping are the excuses.