It’s Breakfast Time Baby! This month’s Recipe Redux’s theme was “Fresh Starts” which asked us dietitians to make our twist on what a healthy breakfast is from pancakes to smoothies.
I decided to make two breakfast items that are filling but full of nutrition that are also portable! My homemade Peanut butter and Fruit Granola Bars paired with my Green Berry Banana Smoothie will be easy to grab on the way to work or a healthy snack to eat on the way to your weekend hike.
I love granola and granola bars, but the problem that I have is how much sugar and butter are normally in these items. I decided to try my hand at making a granola bar with as little sugar as possible and fat. I decided to use agave + sugar for the sweetness and peanut butter for the fat.
PB and Fruit Granola Bars
-4 cups oats (regular or quick)
-4 tablespoons agave
-2 tablespoons sugar (brown or table)
-1 tablespoon cinnamon
-1 cup dried apricots
-1/2 cup raisins
-1 1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/4 cup liquid egg white
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
2. In a bowl mix the oats, 2 tablespoons agave, and cinnamon and mix. Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet and put in oven until the oats are nice and toasted.
3. When golden brown take the oat mixture out and pour into the bowl when cool. In a mixer, put the peanut butter, apricots, and egg white mixture, plus 2 tablespoons agave and sugar and mix until mixed.
4. Lay out the dough mixture onto parchment paper and sprinkle raisins on top. At this time if you want you can also sprinkle a couple tablespoons of semisweet chocolate (if you like!). Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
5. Cut when cool and store in containers to keep fresh.
Green Berry Banana Smoothie
-1 cup ice
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-1 cup frozen berries
-1 ripe banana
-1 cup spinach
1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix until completely smooth. You can add one tablespoon of honey if you want a little bit more sweetness. I like mine less sweet so no honey for me.
2. Pour into a portable beverage container and drink!
My finished product. I had both of these before my spin class on Friday and it gave me just the right amount of energy for the class. For using very little sugar and fat in these items, I think it was a total success!
What are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?
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