Refrigerator Breakfast Bars

Refrigerator Breakfast Bars

Need a quick grab and go breakfast that is full of flavor and healthy too?  I’ve got just the thing for you.

These refrigerator breakfast bars are so delicious and they keep me full from breakfast until lunchtime rolls around.  They’ve passed the test with my husband and my little one, so I’d say they are a keeper.

I’ll call these refrigerator breakfast bars because they are so much better than when they sit on the counter, and they hold together a lot better.

I love these bars because they are great for breakfast, a wonderful after nap snack, and in my opinion (the lover of all desserts) I think these are a perfect after dinner sweet treat.

These don’t take long to make and you can customize them to your tastebuds. 

I used peanut butter, but you can use any other type of nut butter that you prefer.  I mixed in some dried banana chips because I love the combination of chocolate and banana together.  If you like dried cranberries or dried blueberries feel free to use those instead!

Refrigerator Breakfast Bars

Here is your shopping list for these wonderfully delicious refrigerator breakfast bars.

Quick or old fashioned oats – crispy rice cereal – nut butter – honey – coconut oil – flax seeds – chia seeds – sun flower seeds – chocolate chips – banana chips

You start off by melting, over low heat, the nut butter, honey and coconut oil.  As that is melting, to a large bowl combine the oats, cereal, sun flower seeds, chocolate chips and banana chips.  Before adding the flax seeds and chia seeds I like to grin them up.  You can either use a spice grinder or I use my blender.  I have pretty high powered blender so I can’t say how well yours will grind up the flax seeds.

Side note – did you know that your body can digest ground flax seeds better than it can whole flax seeds?  By grinding up the flax seeds, you body will absorb more fiber than when the flax seed are whole.  Why?  Well becase when you grid up the flax seeds you break up the outer shell allowing for the fiber that was stuck inside that shell to be released and absorbed into your body.   Save this tidbit of info in the back of your mind if you ever play jeopardy or call into a radio trivia show!

Once the flax seeds and chia seeds are ground up you can add them into the bowl with the other ingredients.  You don’t need to grind up the chia seeds, but you are already grinding up the flax seeds so why not?

Now you can do this one of two ways.  You can add the nut butter, honey and coconut oil mixture to the other ingredients as soon as it is done melting.  Doing it this way will melt the chocolate chips and you will have a a refrigerator breakfast bar that looks like mine.  Option number two is to wait until the nut butter mixture is cool enough where it wont melt the chocolate chips and mix it in then so you will have a chocolate chip refrigerator breakfast bar rather than a chocolate refrigerator breakfast bar like I have.

Press the mixture into a parchment lined baking sheet.  Press to desired thickness.  Refrigerate until set.  Cut into desired size and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Refrigerator Breakfast Bars

Refrigerator Breakfast Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups oats, quick or old-fashioned
  2. 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  3. 1 cup nut butter
  4. 3/4 cup honey
  5. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  6. 3 tbsp. flax seeds, ground
  7. 1 tbsp. chia seeds, ground
  8. 1/4 cup sun flower seeds
  9. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 cup banana chips, crushed
Instructions
  1. Melt over low heat the nut butter, honey and coconut oil. Stirring occasionally.
  2. Grind up the flax seeds and chia seeds.
  3. In a large bowl combine the oats, rice cereal, ground flax and chia seeds, sun flower seeds, chocolate chips and banana chips.
  4. Add the nut butter mixture once melted.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and press mixture into pan. Press to desired thickness.
  6. Place in refrigerator until set, then cut into desired size.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. If you want a chocolate refrigerator breakfast bar, stir in the nut butter mixture while it is still warm and it will melt the chocolate chips.
  2. If you want a chocolate chip refrigerator breakfast bar, wait until the nut butter mixture has cooled enough so it wont melt the chocolate chips before stirring in.
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