Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Vegan Peanut Butter and Oat Breakfast Bars

Can we talk about mornings?


Mainly how much I think they suck. (Because they totally do).

I'm a frizzy, sweaty, cranky mess that needs at least 30 minutes of silence and alone time before I transition into a functioning human being.

It's why I have a Tassimo. It's why I take long leisurely showers. And it's why I make up for my surly AM demeanour with some kick ass breakfasts.

Because if I can't be a morning person, I can at least be a breakfast person, right?


These peanut butter and oat breakfast bars are vegan, full of protein, and topped a hint of chocolate to make you feel like you're getting a bit of a treat. If you need a nut-free breakfast bar, I've also made this recipe with sunflower butter and they turned out equally delicious.

Are you a morning person? If you have any tips on how I can banish my morning grumps, I'd love to give it a try!



Vegan Peanut Butter and Oat Breakfast Bars
Leanne Bakes

Ingredients
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup puffed rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl using a wooden spoon), beat the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour, oats, cereal, baking soda, and salt. The mixture will be quite thick, but that's okay. 

Pat the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes while you heat the chocolate on half-power in the microwave until melted. Drizzle lightly over the bars, slice, then store in a covered container for easy and quick weekday breakfasts.


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