If you're looking for a quick and easy breakfast option that is both healthy and satisfying, this orange bars recipe is an excellent choice.
As a dietitian, I love starting my day with a nutritious and delicious breakfast, such as a homemade oatmeal bar.
Packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with zesty orange flavor, these homemade energy bars keep me energized throughout the morning.
Healthy Orange Bars Recipe
- 2 cups oats
- 1 medium orange
- Zest of 1 orange
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoon cashew butter
- 3 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla optional
- Pinch of salt optional
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, add the oats, orange segments, orange zest, almond flour, cashew butter, coconut sugar, vanilla (if using), and salt (if using).
- Process the ingredients until well combined and the mixture forms a sticky dough.
- The texture should be similar to cookie dough. Feel free to add more almond flour or water to adjust the texture.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish and press it down evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bars are golden brown.
- Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares or rectangles.
Why should I make these?
Tips for Customizing Your Oatmeal Energy Bars
You can personalize your oatmeal energy bars by adding additional mix-ins and toppings. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
- Sprinkle shredded coconut or chopped nuts on top for added texture and flavor.
- Drizzle melted dark chocolate over the bars or shave dark chocolate for a decadent touch.
- Add dried fruits, such as cranberries or raisins, to enhance the sweetness.
- Experiment with different nut or seed butters for variation in taste.
Feel free to get creative and tailor the recipe to suit your preferences!
Storage and Shelf Life
To ensure the freshness of your oatmeal energy bars, follow these storage guidelines:
- Allow the bars to cool completely before storing them.
- Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
- These bars can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- For longer shelf life, you can refrigerate them for up to 2 weeks or freeze them for up to 3 months.
This orange bar recipe would be great as meal prep for a quick and nutritious breakfast on busy mornings.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Can I use a different nut butter in the recipe?
A1: Absolutely! You can experiment with different nut or seed butters to add variety to your bars. Try using peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter for different flavors.
Q2: Can I substitute the almond flour with another type of flour?
A2: Yes, you can try substituting almond flour with other gluten-free alternatives like coconut flour or oat flour. Keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary slightly.
Q3: Are these breakfast bars suitable for a gluten-free diet?
A3: Yes, this recipe can be made gluten-free by ensuring that the oats used are certified gluten-free and choosing a gluten-free alternative for the almond flour.
Q4: Can I use a different sweetener instead of coconut sugar?
A4: Certainly! You can use maple syrup, honey, or another natural sweetener of your choice. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of sweetness.
Q5: Can I use a blender instead of a food processor for this recipe?
However, it's important to note that blenders may require additional liquid or a smaller batch size to effectively blend the ingredients.
You may need to pause and scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure even blending. Keep in mind that the texture of the final mixture may vary slightly when using a blender.
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These 5-Ingredient Orange Oat Bars are not only a healthy breakfast option but is a burst of vibrant flavors to start your day off on a nutritious foot.
With just a few simple steps and the magic of a food processor, you can create these oatmeal energy bars that are packed with wholesome ingredients.
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