Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal. Personally, I feel it’s important to have a good breakfast, it sets us up for the day. The children are going out to school and I really feel they need something substantial in their tummies before taking on the day ahead.
Now, I have spoken at length about breakfast here in the past, about my quest to get my family eating better breakfasts and not reaching for convenience. We are far from perfect, I do still buy Weetabix and cornflakes, Shredded Wheat too when it’s on special offer, but I am pleased to say that our breakfast menu is much more varied and the cereal is not as frequent as pancakes or waffles, eggs, smoothies and now these breakfast bars.
My teen in particular really enjoys these, they are convenient but full of goodness and they keep her going until break time. They also freeze very well, which is very handy.
300g Porridge Oats
100g Plain Flour
85g Ground Almonds
40g Milled Linseed
100g Butter, melted
75g Honey/Maple (choice is yours)
1 Egg, beaten
1 Banana, mashed
Juice of one Orange
Filling – 200g Jam of your choice
- Line a rectangular tin (I use a brownie tin) with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180 (fan, 200 conventional)
- In a large bowl mix together the oats, flour, almonds, linseed and salt.
- Put all of the wet ingredients into a separate bowl and whisk them together.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together well. Everything should come together into one ball of what is an almost dough-like mix.
- Place half of the mixture into the tin, you may find it easier to make a layer of small pieces that you can then push together. I find the easiest way to spread this mix is with a separate piece of parchment laid on it and then guided with the back of a spoon.
- When the bottom layer is nice and smooth, place the jam on top and spread it out.
- Then repeat the process with the second half of the dough. Don’t worry about gaps or the jam seeping through, these result in delicious chewy parts!
- Bake for 30 minutes and leave in the tin to cool.
- Once cold remove from the tin and cut into 12 bars.
We have two of these for breakfast, but I must confess, I have been known to have one with a cup of coffee too! They are delicious. I’d love to hear what you think of them if you decide to bake them.