Breakfast Bars: Ode to a Pug Named Elvis

28 08 2012

This recipe is a stray from paleo. OATMEAL and PEANUT BUTTER ALERT!

Ken eats some oatmeal on occasion, while I really watch my grains. Ken is diabetic so we are pretty strict about carb loading, but first thing in the morning is the best time to get a nice shot of carbs with some protein to keep you full.

On occasion, when I am over at Henry and Claire’s place and they taking coma naps, (I swear my niece and nephew are vampires) I usually make up some blueberry oatmeal bars for their breakfast the next morning. Henry calls then “special treat bars”. This recipe is a morph of the recipe I make for them. This is the perfect thing to make for the first week of school for those who have kids. It is easy to grab, sits well in a lunch and isn’t chock full of sugar or massive chemicals like a typical granola bar… although it isn’t peanut free!

The morph from the original version contains banana, oatmeal, peanut butter and 1/4 cup of bacon…oh so Elvis-esque! I hate opening a pkg. of bacon to wrap something or to use a couple of strips in a recipe only to have the rest sitting around. I tend to bake up the rest in the oven and have it on hand in the fridge for any last minute bacon emergencies or to crumble into salad amongst other things.

As I was making up the morphed oatmeal bars I started to think about Elvis, the one-eyed pug. He was a special pug, blind, deaf but had a nose like a steel trap. He could sniff down food like no other. My friend Jude lost him this year. Elvis, this breakfast bar is for you.

Elvis Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

1 1/2 cups of large flake oatmeal (instant is bad for your sugars)
1/4 cup of splenda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of milk (almond or cow)
1 large egg, beaten
1 large banana, mashed
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of chopped bacon

Prep a 8 x 8 pan with nonstick spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash banana in a bowl, add vanilla extract, milk and egg and give everything a good stir.
Throw in all of the dry ingredients and give it a big stir until combined. Add peanut butter and bacon and swirl into the dough.
Scoop the whole thing into your prepped pan and pop into the oven 20 minutes.

Let cool and divide into 9 squares. Hunka hunka burning squares.. let these cool before you consume and they last a week in the fridge.

Nuts are calories 139, carbs 15g (net 12g), Fat 6g, Protein 7g, Sugar 2g



One response

12 09 2012

Must try these soon!! mmm mmmmm MMMM

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