Spring is finally here and I already have a huge list of potential post ideas waiting for the moment I'm finally able to get my hands on fresh, in-season produce. I'm thrilled that I get to spend my spring and summer living in a city that has farmer's markets.. basically all the time. You should be excited too because this means I'll be wandering around bins of produce just brainstorming about food to share.
I may be jumping the gun a bit on my produce selection for this recipe, but I had some mixed berries in my freezer that weren't getting much use. Typically, I would throw a few in my oatmeal in the morning, but lately I've been leaving for work a bit earlier and haven't had time to make a good breakfast. Because of the warm weather, I've decided to start walking to work. I had been taking the subway all winter, but now I have a 3 mile walk (that's 6 miles a day!) and it takes a little bit more time to do that than to hop on the subway. My need for a grab-and-go type of breakfast was the inspiration for this one.
Keep in mind that these are supposed to be 'Oatmeal To-Go.' They aren't going to be crunchy like a granola bar and they aren't very sweet. The idea is to have a healthy, portable breakfast option that you can make yourself using whole ingredients as opposed to the sodium- and preservative-filled options available to be purchased. The recipe is similar to how I would make my oatmeal in the morning. I always add flax meal and chia seeds for the nutritional benefits, but here, they work as a binder to hold the bars together. I also use hemp seeds in my oatmeal for the protein. They are not included in this recipe, but if you want to up the protein in these bars, feel free to add some! All around they are pretty customizable. If you want a bit more crunch, go ahead and add some chopped nuts. (I would suggest pecans) Or if you want them a little sweeter, add a bit of brown sugar.
Mixed Berry Oatmeal-To-Go Bars
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