Try this version of overnight oats in a bar with overnight oatmeal raisin bars. Simply make, slice, and serve on the go!
It’s no secret I’m not a huge fan of breakfast. Forgive me if I like to wake up to coffee rather than eggs or cereal. Lucky for my kids they get a nice breakfast every morning [without the coffee] because I KNOW there are big body and brain benefits to eating breakfast. Hence why most of my breakfast recipes are Joey approved. If only I took my own advice! But there’s something to be said about eating a breakfast that makes you feel like you are eating dessert. You heard right. I’ll eat breakfast if it tastes like dessert. And that’s exactly what these overnight oatmeal raisin bars remind me of!
I might have tricked you by calling these bars dessert, but they are far from it. Sweetened with no-sugar-added dried and whole fruit, vanilla yogurt, and packed with the oh-so-filling oats we all love in that oatmeal raisin cookie, these overnight oatmeal raisin bars taste just like their cookie counterpart. But they are healthier! And heartier. And you can make them the night before to enjoy the very next day. I don’t know about you but I certainly can use one less to-do in the morning… and having breakfast all ready to go is a lifesaver!
These overnight oatmeal raisin bars also make the perfect breakfast on the go. For those of you shuffling kids off to school or trying to rush out the door for work, these bars are easy enough to eat in the car [with minimal mess I might add]. Plus, these are “overnight” bars. Just like overnight oats in cute little mason jars but in bar form!
Reason number 257 why you have to make these oatmeal raisin breakfast bars! Note: If you have a nut allergy in your family, I’d still make these just forget the almonds! If a ball doesn’t form when you add everything to the food processor it’s OK. Still spread and freeze in the loaf pan!
- 1 ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup dried raisins [I used golden and regular raisins]
- ¾ cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 1 medium-sized apple, diced
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Cover and process until a ball forms, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl with spatula.
- Line a 9-inch loaf pan with foil. Empty food processor bowl into loaf pan, pressing down mixture with spatula.
- Freeze for at least one hour to firm up. Remove from freezer and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Slice into bars, and serve. Can also be covered and refrigerated overnight.
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