Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blueberry Fig & Banana Breakfast Bars that are way too healthy


Today I baked something healthy.

I was totally out of my comfort zone and it felt a little weird.

I made these utterly healthy Blueberry Banana Breakfast Bars that are all natural and loaded with fiber.

They have fruit, oats, nuts, seeds and egg whites.

They don't have butter or egg yolks, wheat flour and barely any sugar.

They need butter, egg yolks and sugar.

They're good. They're moist. They're definitely a breakfast item. Let me tell you what I did....


First I got a bunch of healthy stuff, like oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried figs and blueberries.

Then I got a bunch of other healthy stuff like bananas, peanut butter and egg whites.

Then I mixed the two healthy things together to make one healthy thing.

Then I covered it with flax seeds and baked it all in the oven.


Oats - full of beta glucan, a soluble fiber, that helps keep you regular, keeps you fuller longer and keeps your cholesterol in check.

Bananas - full of fiber and potassium which is important for nerve function and muscle contraction. It can also help to reduce the risk of hypertension.

Almonds - again, high in fiber, potassium, vitamin E  and monounsaturated fats.

Blueberries - they taste really good, but are also a source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help to fight cancer-causing reactions in our bodies.

These are all good things and my mother-in-law would not be impressed if I mucked it up with butter and sugar.


Well M-I-L, I love ya, but let me tell you...if you want that nice chewy texture that you remember from those delicious cookies that you were talking about that had like 1/2 cup of butter per dozen, well then you need it.

Mmmm...cream together some butter with dark brown sugar before adding in the rest of these great ingredients and then you have a winner. You see, you can't always win. If you want healthy but still tasty when it comes to dessert-type stuff, then you have to invite butter and sugar to the party. If you leave them out, then flavour and great texture might not show up either and your party could royally suck.


All in all, these are a good hunger fix. But I still miss my best baking buddies....you know who you are.

Sorry mom-in-law. That's just the way it goes over here at Form V Artisan.

I'm a fan of Cookies for Breakfast.

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16 comments:

  1. I'd totally make these! I'm sure they're really good.

    You can't have butter and sugar all the time.

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  2. These look fabulous! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Do you think medjool dates would work instead of figs? I don't have figs on hand, but I do have a whole bunch of dates!

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  3. These might be healthy but they also look delicious!

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  4. My MIL is totally obsessed with low-fat healthy baking too, so I totally know what you mean about what happens when butter and eggs aren't invited to the party. :P (Though I do have to admit that her prune brownies are quite delicious, even though they taste nothing like an actual brownie... they're more like fudgey prune bars)
    Love the flavours you've used for these bars, though. If I absolutely had to have something low-fat for breakfast, these bars would be at the top of my list. :)

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  5. These look delicious, healthy and full of flavor! The photos are so inviting!

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  7. Very nice looking bars, kids are going to enjoy these for sure.

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  8. OOOOOH! I like! This is totally going on my must try list. All that's missing is a little bit of unsweetened shredded coconut. Oh, how I want this for breakfast NOW! (and I just had breakfast... shame!)

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  9. I love a decadent treat as much as the next person does, but not all of my food has to have butter and a ton of added sugar. No way. This looks beautiful and tasty as-is and I'm diggin' you for it. There is plenty of sweetness in the fruit and honey (more would be gratuitous in my opinion, unless the sugar was on a few chopped candied pecans or something) and there are good fats galore between the peanut butter and the other nuts/seeds. What would you need more fat for? I like your MIL. Want to trade? Mine is the crazy candy lady who expresses her love through food dyes, fat and sugar (and now I'll have to post anonymously for saying that). Looking forward to more of your experiments!

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  10. @Anonymous "a crazy candy lady"! Hilarious. I'll pass on the food dyes though.

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  11. hi! do you know if i can substitute peanut butter for something else? thanks!

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  12. @Ying Yin You can use any nut butter. Almond butter - very good.

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  13. I just made these bars and they turned out AMAZING! Sooooo delicious, thanks for the recipe!

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  14. Totally making these! Just a tip, little bit of a mistake at the beginning you say first that u don't need egg yolks and then you say u do need egg yolks... I knew u meant, egg whites, but though u should know. Thanks for the post, looks Amazing!

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