15 Healthy Breakfast Bar Recipes You Can Make Yourself
We’ve got a breakfast bar recipe for every diet and appetite. And each one is nutritious and tasty.
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I love a good breakfast bar. They have saved me on more than one occasion from either skipping the most important meal of the day or from eating some kind of sugary, carb-laden pastry in its place. Breakfast bars are reliably filling, convenient, and tasty; and between you and me, they’re better and healthier when they’re homemade. Of course, they make healthy snacks, too!
The beauty of the homemade breakfast bar
Making your own bars doesn’t take much total time and has a big payoff.
- You skip the preservatives and the environmentally unfriendly packaging that come with many store-bought versions.
- You can’t beat the price.
- You have lots of options for high protein and fiber, two pluses at breakfast that will help carry you to lunch.
- Once you make one of these breakfast recipes, you'll have enough bars for multiple meals (faster than making a smoothie!).
- You can easily tailor these babies to your diet. Whether you’re eating low- or no-sugar, low-carb, nut-free, grain-free, or vegan, there’s no limit to the type of breakfast bars you can whip up in your own kitchen. Not bad for something that tastes like dessert!
Read on for 15 super-delicious, nutritious, and practically effortless healthy breakfast bar recipes.
Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
With chia seeds, hemp seeds, whole-grain oats, and even a scoop of plant-based protein powder, these bars are quite filling. (The bars have 10 grams of protein each, similar to what you get in some commercial protein bars.) Plus, you’re getting lots of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and more. They come out beautifully crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. A touch of sea salt balances the sweetness of the brown rice syrup; you can easily swap in maple syrup or agave if you like.
Raw Banana Bread Breakfast Bar
Bananas, pecans, Medjool dates and rolled oats are all you need for this raw, vegan, no-sugar-added snack. Between the potassium in the bananas, the protein in the nuts, and the fuel you’re getting from the whole grains in the oats, these bars are a nourishing way to start your day. Plus, they’re nice and chewy. The blogger uses dried bananas that she dehydrates at home, but you could buy them instead. And if you want to make a gluten-free version, simply use gluten-free oats.
Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
These crispy, chewy nut bars don’t have dairy or added sugar, but they taste like cookies, thanks to maple syrup, cinnamon, and vegan chocolate chips. They also employ a simple swap of flax seeds and water in place of egg. The oats, peanut butter, and walnuts make these delightful, fiber-rich, and super-filling. You could also sub in another nut butter and different nuts, such as almond butter and cashews, for the peanut butter and walnuts if you like.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Breakfast Bars
At just 160 calories and 25 minutes cook time, these bars are straight-up miraculous. What’s more, they’re nut-free, soy-free, low-sodium, and don’t contain eggs; and they’re suitable for diabetics. (The blogger even gives tips for using sugar substitutes.) Wow. They do require arrowroot, xanthan gum, gluten-free baking powder, and flaxseed meal — ingredients that you may already have if you do a lot of gluten-free baking.
Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars
Get your sweet fix early during these autumn mornings with pumpkin pie breakfast bars! Don’t worry, they’re made with a granola crust and Greek yogurt filling. Plus, you’re getting all that lovely potassium, Vitamin A, and fiber from the pumpkin.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Breakfast Bars (vegan and gluten-free)
Coconut flour, zucchini, and applesauce help to make these fluffy bars on the healthier side while also tasting a bit like cake. The recommended stevia-sweetened chocolate chips don’t hurt, either.
Whole-Grain Raspberry Oat Breakfast Bars
These delicious, crumbly bars are perfect with your morning coffee or tea. Made with whole-wheat flour and rolled oats, the bright, wholesome bars are also a good source of fiber, which will help you feel full.
Low Carb Cheesecake Breakfast Bars
These keto-friendly bars are rich, creamy, and satisfying. Made with cream cheese, butter, low-calorie sweetener, and whey powder, they’ll answer that sweet tooth without calling in the carbs.
Quinoa Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (no bake)
Here’s a great option if you’re wanting to incorporate quinoa into your breakfast routine. Since it’s a seed rather than a grain, quinoa works well for gluten-free diets, and it’s naturally high in protein, too. The blogger incorporates lots of other whole foods into her bars, including flax seed meal, chia seeds, walnuts, and oats. (Think of these as a more natural alternative to some of the protein bars or energy bars on the market.) Peanut butter and honey are the “glue” that holds the no-bake bars together.
Paleo Sweet Potato Blueberry Breakfast Bars
These low-calorie, low-carb bars have just 70 calories each! They’re also gluten-free. They rely on the natural sweetness of sweet potato, blueberries, and a touch of raw honey for a pleasing but not too-sweet flavor. The coconut flour and almond meal make them rich and satisfying without any grains.
Homemade Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars
With only 160 calories and eight ingredients, these tasty bars get their richness from pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds; their natural sweetness from bananas, applesauce, and cinnamon; and a little tang from cranberries. (Cinnamon isn’t sweet on its own but has the incredible effect of making other flavors taste sweet.) To change them up, you could swap out the cranberries for another dried fruit. The bars are nut-free, so they work for anyone with a nut allergy, or for a lunchbox treat at a nut-free school.
No Bake Oats and Peanut Butter Granola Bars
With just five ingredients, these wholesome cereal bars are super easy to make — you only need one bowl! You can use gluten-free oats (just check the label) if that’s important to you, and swap in almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or even tahini if peanut butter isn’t your thing. The blogger lines the dish with parchment paper to make it easy to serve the bars once they've chilled.
Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bark
Okay, technically this is a bark, not a bar. But you can still break off a nice chunk to nibble on when you have an on-the-go the morning. The recipe is a combination of Greek yogurt, maple syrup, berries, and granola that takes only 10 minutes to prep; then you freeze it for a fabulous, healthful treat. (Note that you want to store this in the freezer rather than at room temperature so it won’t turn back to yogurt!)
Healthier Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars
These straightforward, classic bars use maple syrup instead of refined sugar and otherwise employ all the good stuff: peanut butter, chocolate chips, rolled oats, and a little coconut oil instead of butter. They’re a fantastic homemade option if you want a chocolaty morning bar.
Easy Banana Breakfast (Or Snack!) Bars
These simple bars take just 30 minutes to make. With all of the classic ingredients of a typical breakfast bar, they also include chia seeds to kick up your daily dose of fiber. Plus, you can easily make them vegan and-gluten-free, if you so desire, by swapping in non-dairy milk and gluten-free oats. The yummy bars clock in at 14 grams of protein per bar (right up there with commercial protein bars) — a healthy and filling start to the day, indeed!