Breakfast has never been easier or more delicious than these gluten-free Mixed Berry Breakfast Bars!
As the saying goes, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. But whether you’re not a morning person or your mornings start off in a whirlwind of things to do, breakfasts sometimes gets missed. What if you could have a delicious breakfast just waiting for you when you wake up? These gluten-free Mixed Berry Breakfast Bars are the perfect recipe to make before a busy week. In just over an hour, you can have a week of delicious breakfasts for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s jump right into this drool-worthy recipe!
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Let me tell you a little secret; breakfast bars are just hard-packed granola. If you’ve ever made granola, then you know how simple and easy it is to make! Breakfast bars aren’t any different besides a delicious filling in the middle. So, let’s breakdown this recipe.
These gluten-free breakfast bars use granola’s basic foundation, which includes rolled oats, coconut oil (or some type of binding liquid, such as butter), spices, sugar, and a touch of salt. The two factors that change the recipe are the baking powder and flour. These two ingredients allow the other elements to bind to one another to become a delicious breakfast bar.
The mixed berry filling between the oatmeal mixture is just that, mixed berries. While adding a filling can seem intimidating when first looking at a recipe, this filling is as easy as they come. We just combine the berries with a bit of almond milk for a fresh and flavorful bite!
Unlike granola, which is baked loosely on a baking sheet, these breakfast bars are packed in a baking dish to form bars that don’t crumble. As well, they’re also baked for a longer time to set the ingredients and allow them to harden.
Did you know that mixed berries offer countless health benefits? Berries are loaded with antioxidants, are high in fiber and Vitamin C, and help fight inflammation! Plus, they’re great for your heart health! Berries are proven to help lower cholesterol and can also protect against cancer. By using blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for our filling, we add a healthy sugar to these breakfast bars.
So Many Ways to Enjoy These Bars!
The great thing about these breakfast bars is how diverse they are! Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy these gluten-free Mixed Berry Breakfast Bars:
On the go: For busy mornings when I don’t have time to sit and enjoy breakfasts, I just grab a bar and go! These gluten-free bars are packed with protein and keep me full through the morning.
With Yogurt: When I have a little bit more time in the morning and am looking for a substantial breakfast, I love to add my favorite yogurt and berries on top of a bar. Drizzle with a little bit of honey or a dash of cinnamon for the perfect bite!
In Oatmeal: Ever get tired of eating the same old oatmeal? Mix it up by adding a breakfast bar! Just crumble a breakfast bar on top of a bowl of oatmeal for a crunchy and delicious spin on your classic oatmeal.
On Top of a Smoothie: Smoothie bowls and these breakfast bars are a match made in heaven! All you need to do is make your favorite smoothie, add to a bowl, and top with a breakfast bar!
As granola: These breakfast bars also double as healthy granola! Add the breakfast bars to a ziplock bag and crush until crumbled. Once crumbled, add your favorite milk and enjoy!
Let’s Add Some Protein
These bars are a great source of protein thanks to the rolled oats, but there are always ways to add more protein! Here are a few things you can do to make these bars a little more filling:
Add chia, flax, or hemp seeds to the blender with the berry and almond milk mixture
Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the oatmeal mixture before baking
Once cooked, top these bars with your favorite nut butter for a protein packed breakfast
Storing the Breakfast Bars
To store these breakfast bars, all you need to do is keep them in an airtight container. Because they have fresh fruit in them, they will last about five days. If you still have some leftover around that five-day mark, simply crush them up and put them in the freezer.
Mixed Berry Breakfast BarsCourse: RecipesDifficulty: Medium
- For the Bars
2 cups coconut oil, melted
3 cups almond flour
4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 ½ cups brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
- For the Mixed Berry Filling
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
¾ cup blueberries
½ cup strawberries
½ cup almond milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9” by 13” baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, almond flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt
- Pour half of the mixture into the baking dish, and save the other half to pour over the mixed berry filling
- To make the mixed berry filling, combine the berries and almond milk in a blender
- Blend until smooth, then pour over the oat mixture in the baking dish
- Spread evenly with a spatula, then pour the other half of the oat mixture over the mixed berry filling
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, allow to cool for 20 minutes until cutting into squares
- Serve and enjoy!