Yummy Oatmeal Bars
It turns out that your grandmother was right when she told you that oatmeal keeps you fuller for a longer time than cereal. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that individuals who had oatmeal for breakfast were fuller for a longer period of time than people who had the same number of calories of ready-to-eat cereal. They also found that when lunchtime came around, the people who had oatmeal for breakfast ate less calories than those who had the ready-to-eat cereal.
Eating oatmeal provides load of nutrients, helps reduce cholesterol and keeps us fuller for longer, which should help induce weight loss. Some people don’t care for the mouthfeel of cooked oatmeal, but this oatmeal bar recipe should be a healthy hit with everyone.
Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal Bars
Each bar is 150 calories and provides 3 grams of protein.
- 2 C oatmeal (old-fashioned or steel cut)
- Â½ C brown sugar
- 1 C whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Â½ C chia seeds
- Â½ C hempseeds or sunflower seeds
- Â¾ C raisins or mini chocolate chips
- Â½ tsp salt
- Â¼ C honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- Â½ C vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350Â° and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together all the ingredients with a mixer.
Pour dough onto the cookie sheet then distribute equally over the pan.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Let the bars cool for about 10 minutes before cutting to avoid crumbling.