February 25, 2019

Oat and jam breakfast squares


Oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, almond butter, and your favorite jam all come together in these sweet and delicious oat and jam breakfast squares. Breakfast is always a struggle in my house. I don't like to have cereal super often (but it's easy and, of course, kids love it). We have oatmeal a couple times a week or a baked oatmeal. Eggs are always a go-to. My toddlers are always famished at breakfast these days. It's when they eat the most food of the day, so I'm always looking for new things to serve. These squares are a little sweeter than I'd normally prefer for my own breakfast, but they are a nice treat, especially when served with a side of scrambled eggs or a small bowl of plain yogurt. They are very adaptable, too -- you can use any jam you like (I also think apple or pumpkin butter would be super good in these and I'm going to try it next time). You can use honey instead of maple syrup. You can use another nut butter, peanut butter, or even sun butter instead of the almond butter. Whatever you like and have on hand! You can also add some melted butter to the liquid mix for a slightly softer bar. This recipe will make about nine servings.


Oat and jam breakfast squares
butter, for greasing
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 to 1/2 cup your favorite jam (I prefer an all fruit/all natural jam as they often have less sugar)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8"x8" baking pan.

Pulse the oats in a food processor until they are coarsely ground.

In a large bowl, whisk together the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth. If your almond butter is cold, warm the mixture in the microwave for a few seconds (or a small pan on the stove), until it is smooth and mixable.

Stir in the oats, salt, cinnamon, flour, and baking powder until well combined and a crumble starts to form. Set aside one cup of the mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan to create a crust. Spread the jam on top (I like to use about 2/3 cup, but add a bit more if you prefer) and then sprinkle with the reserved cup of oat mixture.

Bake for about 22-24 minutes, until golden and set. Let cool completely before slicing into squares. Store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

5 comments:

  1. I would probably snack on the whole bake until it's all gone! So good!

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  2. These great looking breakfast bars are my jam. :-) Really nice recipe -- thanks.

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  3. My pantry has a whole shelf of homemade jam. What a perfect way to put one of them to use. Would love to wake up to these in the morning. Fast and easy.

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  4. Dear Amy, your Oat and Jam Breakfast Squares do look quite delicious - what a way to enjoy breakfast. I am sure that your toddlers are crazy about them and gobble them up in no time. Love to use almond butter in my baking too as it is a wonderful ingredient to work with.
    Hope you are all doing well!
    Andrea

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  5. Oh yum! It looks like it would be such a treat to start your day with. I'll have to give them a try this weekend!

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