For a few months now I've been working on a small number of really easy, really portable, fairly healthy, breakfasts that I can make or assemble ahead of time, pick up and run out the door with in the mornings when I'm still blurry eyed, then eat at my desk. That means no bowls of cereal because the boss tends to not appreciate the milk dribbling down my chin while I'm trying to work. Armed with these few criteria, I have been trying out things and have come up with a short list of "go to" breakfast meals that I will share because I'll bet I'm not alone in this particular quandry.
One of my favorite email newsletters comes weekly from Eating Well magazine. I used to subscribe to the magazine until I gave up all subscriptions in an attempt to save myself some money. Their email version is packed with great, healthy eating ideas and recipes and I've found some to add to my regular cooking portfolio.
This breakfast bar came to me via the newsletter a few months ago and I've really fallen in love with it. It's easy to make, delicious to eat, portable and nutritious. BINGO! The perfect breakfast. I change this up just a bit by modifying the dried fruits, and today I added a few chocolate pieces for a little added sweetness. At about 25o calories per bar I can add a glass of lowfat chocolate milk to this and have my breakfast.
One of the best things this recipe did was to introduce me to a new product: Almond Butter. I'd never had this before and it's really very good. I also change up the type of honey from time to time. I've become very fond of buckwheat honey for it's strong, almost molasses flavor and aroma. It give this bar a bit more ooomph than plain clover honey. Or, of course, you can substitute a good, mild molasses. I also sometimes substitute peanut butter for some of the almond butter.
I've also been caught substituting some of the dried fruit with a small amount of mini-Reese's pieces or M&M's or mini-chocolate chips and even a bit of sweetened coconut. The only trick to substitution is to keep the amount limited to 1 cup total.
You make these a lot like Rice Krispie treats. Add the melted ingredients to the dry and mix very well. Make sure you compact these VERY tightly into the pan or they fall apart when you take them out to cut.
ALMOND HONEY POWER BAR
Makes 8 bars - enough to last two weeks if you eat one every other day.
|In a large bowl, mix the following:|
1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (they recommend Kashi's 7 Whole Grain Puffs)
1 cup mixed dried fruits (currants, raisins, dried cranberries, dates, dried apricots, whatever you like)
|Add in the melted items and stir THOROUGHLY.|
|Pack tightly into the pan and put in the refrigerator until well chilled, overnight is good.|
|Remove the mixture from the pan and cut into 8 bars. Store sealed tightly in a plastic bag for up to two weeks. Each bar is about 250 calories|