Oatmeal Cranberry Almond Breakfast Bars

These are super healthy and insanely delicious!

They are similar to my Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies, but they don’t have all that flour, sugar, baking powder, and eggs. All natural ingredients and fantastic taste! What more could you ask for?

These are the perfect breakfast cookie or afternoon snack. A healthy pick-me-up that isn’t sweet.

3 cups of Quaker oatmeal
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped dried cranberries
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt (optional — I omitted it this time and it still came out great)
1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl and set aside. Mix the wet ingredients together.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. When all combined, it will be really really wet. If you think it’s more like oatmeal soup, then you got it right. The milk will absorb into the oatmeal when it cooks.

Use a rectangular backing sheet with sides and line it with parchment paper. Put the mixture into the pan, squishing it all around evenly. This is not a prissy job — use your hands and get everything in there evenly. You don’t want thin spots or thick patches. You WILL get messy!

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until the oatmeal and nuts turn a nice rich brown.

Let cool and cut into squares.

The magic of this is that you can use any type of nuts or dried fruit that you want. Try chopped pecans and dried apricots or walnuts and figs — the possibilities are endless!

And for those of we who commute long distances to work, these are the perfect breakfast food to eat in the car. Yummy, healthy, and not messy.

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