Being part of the Vanderbilt track team, I always love to share my creations with my teammates. It’s a great excuse to bake a lot, but not have to eat it all myself! And I don’t think they complain about it either. We have several girls on the team who enjoy baking so you never know when you are going to find a surprise treat in the back of the locker room (and we may even have to have a competition one of these days). Last weekend was the first track meet of the year. I wanted to make something for everyone to enjoy either pre- or post- competition so I whipped up these oatmeal pumpkin breakfast bars! They are vegan and nut free to satisfy dietary restrictions on the team, healthy enough for breakfast so certainly healthy enough for a team full of runners, and delicious enough for anyone to enjoy!
Breakfast, dessert, or BOTH
These breakfast bars are filled with wholesome, satisfying ingredients such as old fashioned oats, canned pumpkin, banana, chia seeds, and protein powder. Along with limited added sugars and oils, this baked good is a perfect breakfast item. Don’t be fooled however, these taste good enough for dessert or anytime in between (especially if you add chocolate chips;))!
These bars are quick and easy to make, requiring just one bowl, 30 minutes, and ingredients you probably have on hand. Start by combining the wet ingredients, add in the dry, mix all together, and then add in your favorite mix ins! For mix ins, you can use your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, and chocolate chips of course:) Some mixin combination suggestions include: pumpkin seeds and craisins, chocolate chips and walnuts, or coconut and dried blueberries! Bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes and you are good to go! Make them for a group of hungry runners or meal prep for the week ahead!
I hope you give this easy Oatmeal Pumpkin Breakfast Bars a shot! If you make them, comment below, or tag us @wholesomeandhappylife on instagram!!
Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars
These quick and easy vegan breakfast bars are perfect for busy mornings, afternoon snacks, or nighttime munching! Throw in your favorite mix-ins to create delicious, satisfying combinations
1/2cupwhole wheat flouror AP or gluten free or more oats
mixins of choice**
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or grease with oil
Combine the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Add in the dry ingredients and thoroughly mix
Fold in your favorite mix ins (chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, dried fruit)
Bake for 20ish minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
Wait until it cools, slice into desired pieces, and Enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or store in the freezer for longer!
*Feel free to omit the maple syrup if you want zero added sugars or add a little more if you want the bars to be sweeter! I find that when you add chocolate chips this is plenty sweet**Choose whatever mixins you have on hand! This base tastes good with a bunch of combinations. Suggestions include chopped nuts, seeds, craisins/raisins/dried fruit, coconut, and my personal favorite chocolate chips. Try pumpkin seeds and craisins, chocolate chips and walnuts, or coconut and dried blueberries!